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Potters from South West England

Saturday 21st April - Sunday 13th May 2018
(Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the exhibition)
Opening Hours: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Gallery St. Ives

Clive Bowen (Devon)
Jack Doherty (Cornwall)
Penny Simpson (Devon)
Paul Jessop (Somerset)
Leach Pottery (Cornwall)

South West England has a long tradition of pottery making and there are a lot of studio potters living and working in this area; Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Devon is well-known its slipware tradition although its production almost ceased by the begging of the 20th century. Today studio potters like Penny Simpson make slipware following Clive Bowen who revived it in 1970s. Paul Jessop from Somerset is also making slipware with traditional styles. This year is his 10th anniversary as a studio potter.

After Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada established the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall in 1920 when there were no studio potters in the area, studio potters moved to this area and started making pots. More recently Jack Doherty who was born in Northern Ireland and had worked in Herefordshire moved to Cornwall and joined the Leach Pottery as its Lead Potter when the pottery was restored and reopened in 2008. He now makes pots from home in Mousehole in South West Cornwall.

Photos from the exhibition

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