Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery was founded in St. Ives, Cornwall in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Their functional, everyday tableware for the home is thrown by hand and fired on the very same original site by a team of highly skilled potters.

Leach Pottery Sourdough Jar

AUD 110.00
Size: One Size

Hand thrown stoneware lidded jar, made in Cornwall at the Leach studio. Breathable, allowing the sourdough starter to thrive. To fit neatly in the fridge. Exclusive to TOAST. Each jar comes with a voucher for entry into the Leach Museum in St Ives, Cornwall.


Hand wash. Stoneware
Made in the United Kingdom.
Approx. H 14cm x D 10cm.

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Celebrating Inspiration and Exchange at The Leach Pottery

Over the last few hundred years, there are few potteries that have been quite as influential as The Leach Pottery. Widely regarded as the birthplace of British studio pottery, its founder Bernard Leach represented a new breed of artist-potter in the twentieth century, establishing an aesthetic tradition characterised by hand-thrown, functional pots, glazed in quiet earthy colours.

South-African-born ceramicist Roelof Ulys joined the pottery in 2013, today heading up a studio of six potters, as well as an apprentice and a merry band of volunteers. “The Leach Pottery doesn't belong to us,” he says. “It belongs to the generations of potters who have come through here before us and been taught by Bernard Leach and his apprentices.”

In the Studio with Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery: 100 Years On

“You have to throw about 600 of these until you can make them properly,” says Roelof Uys, lead potter at The Leach Pottery in St Ives, which sits on a hill just as the town starts to peter out into the rugged Penwith Moors. He's talking about an egg cup, a chunky little stoneware pot just shy of five-centimetres in height, with an earthy green glaze covering most of it and an unglazed, biscuit-brown bottom. “Everyone who comes here to make pots has to start their throwing training with these,” he explains. “They're fiddly and difficult, but once you've mastered them, it's easy to learn other shapes.”

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