Last Leach100 activity.
Leach Pottery’s Clay and Community Exhibition is a range of ceramic pieces created by the wider community during the Leach 100 period, as well as the works crafted by its Leach 100 commissioned artists and Hyosun Kim, Leach 100 Artist in Residence. Collectively, these will form the largest on-site celebration of Leach 100 since the centenary campaign began in 2020.
Leach 100 has been an extended programme (two years’ worth) of events celebrating 100 years since the foundation of the Leach Pottery by friends and colleagues Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Throughout this period, the Leach Pottery has worked to honour this significant milestone in the Pottery’s history through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, events and outreach work.
Until March 2022, you can experience the gallery-based, Clay and Community Exhibition featuring beautiful works created by talented school children from across the country as part of the Leach 100 Schools Challenge. The challenge took place during May 2020.
In addition, the exhibition features the ceramics developed during the Leach Pottery-funded National Raku Parties. During the Leach 100 period, 29 partners of the Leach Pottery, right across the UK have been hosting their very own Raku Parties, experiencing the fast and dramatic method of firing that inspired Bernard Leach to pursue pottery in the first place.
Also, as installations on the site, the Leach 100 commissions’ works will be shown until the end of December 2021. These include the works of commissioned artists, Amy Hughes and Rosanna Martin and David Paton. Following a rigorous selection process, these carefully chosen artists each received funding towards the creation of their key projects. Each was subsequently invited to undertake a body of research, create a body of work and present their final pieces for display at the Leach Pottery.