Monday, June 16, 2008

Leach Pottery Restoration Project - Votes needed!

Votes needed, my bro designs this, so looking for support for this:

Leach Pottery Restoration Project
Category: Best Heritage Project
Funding amount: £710,000
The Leach Pottery Restoration Project was launched to preserve the internationally significant Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, originally established by the world-renowned Bernard Leach, in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th Century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

In March 2008, Lottery funding ensured that the Leach Pottery opened to the public, with the old pottery conserved and a new production pottery studio, alongside new gallery spaces, please vote now to continue this good cause.

A new exhibition room has been created on site to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. There is also a shop and a contemporary gallery, which provide regular shows throughout the year featuring some of the best work by contemporary potters, including a showcase featuring Cornish artists.

Lottery funding gave substantial support to the project and meant the site could be acquired, preserved and opened to visitors. It regenerated the pottery, not only preserving the legacy of Bernard Leach but providing, through a start-up studio scheme and partnership with the MA programme at University College Falmouth, a rare opportunity for young potters to begin their careers with mentoring and support.

1 comment:

Jim H. said...

Leach's influence is immeasurable. He taught Warren McKenzie, who was a contemporary of Charles Halling, who inspired me to get back into making pots. Being an American, I wasn't sure if I could vote, but I went to the site and it appears my long-distance vote for the project was accepted.

Cool! Hope to visit someday.

Jim Haas