Trying To Urn A Living


Monday morning (aaagh!) and it's back to the pottery for the unloading of the fired pots (which, as you know, mostly survived the kiln crisis on Friday afternoon).

Trevor Corser unpavcks the kiln at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

Now, as the kiln is unpacked, the gruesome truth can be revealed. Only God and Trevor know how everything stayed upright (and God had to use all three lifelines to get the answer right)!

Work by Joanna Wason at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

Some of Joanna Wason's stuff is unloaded from the kiln.

Work by Joanna Wason at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

She seemed moderately chuffed with the results.

Joanna Wason

Joanna was born at an undisclosed location in 1952 and studied at Exeter College of Art and Liverpool Art School. Joanna was introduced to Janet Leach by her husband, Jason, who did five years at the Leach Pottery in the 70's. Janet Leach asked Joanna to come to the pottery to and help her out preparing clay, mixing glazes and helping with the firing process.

Joanna assisted Janet Leach until the latter's death in 1997. Since 1998 she has been making pots for the Leach Pottery showroom (see next page). 

Work by Trevor Corser at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

Meanwhile, Trevor continues to unload the kiln. Some of his work begins to emerge ...

Work by Trevor Corser at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

... well, actually, quite a lot of it. And you thought he just lounged about all week turning out the occasional amphora!

Work by Amanda Brier at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

The Sorceror's Apprentice, Amanda Brier, checks her handiwork ...

Work by Amanda Brier at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

... then goes and checks out Trev's kit. "Hm, I wonder if anyone will notice if I slip a couple of these onto my shelf?"

Trevor Corser and Amanda Brier at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

But joking aside, Trevor and Amanda share a fruitful working relationship; he shows her the secrets of successful ceramicism and she shows him how to make rollies that don't look like they've just been run over by a truck!

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