In 2014 we plan to restore and relight the historic fireplace in the Leach Pottery's old workshop in St Ives. The Leach fireplace was central to life in the old pottery. It was where the potters and Bernard Leach gathered for 'crib' (mid morning snack) in cold weather. It was where Bernard sat and held court - advising his crew of potters, students and apprentices about the finer points of pottery making and critiqued the pots they produced. Since we reopened the Leach Pottery to the public in 2008 the fireplace has by necessity stood cold. Recently we have been able to repair the roof of the workshop, replace the chimney-pot and pin the wall of the chimney breast which means that the fireplace can at last be restored to full working order. All we need to do is replace the flue and commission new guards and fireplace furniture in keeping with the historic setting. The cost of this project is £4500. We need your help to light the Leach fire this winter and put the heart back into the old pottery workshop.
Risks and challenges
There is a slight possibility that we will discover a further problem with the structure of the chimney when we come to fit the new flue. This is highly unlikely as the fireplace has already been surveyed and, following the stabilization work that has already been done, it is considered fit to be restored. The result would be a delay to the fireplace repair of a few weeks while further repairs are completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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