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Help the Leach Pottery to restore and light its historic fireplace in the old workshop ready for winter.
Help the Leach Pottery to restore and light its historic fireplace in the old workshop ready for winter.
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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.

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    A shard of original Leach Pottery (made during the 1920s-70s) excavated by archaeologists from the site during its restoration in 2007-08.

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    A handmade and hand decorated tile (2" x 2") made in the new Leach Pottery studio and marked with the St Ives Pottery stamp. Choose from a selection of motifs and have your initials added if you wish.

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    Free entry for a year to the Leach Pottery.

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    A larger handmade and hand decorated tile (4" x 4") made in the new Leach Pottery studio and marked with the St Ives Pottery stamp. Choose from a selection of motifs and have your initials added if you wish.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $58

    A personalised Leach Pottery mug. Your initials will be added as a stamp to your own Leach Pottery mug along with the famous Leach St Ives mark.

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    Have a Go at throwing a pot on the kick wheel in the Leach Pottery's historic studio. 1 hour session for up to 2 people. Free entry to the museum for a year is included.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $331

    Spend a weekend in Bernard Leach's studio above the old Leach Pottery learning to throw a pot at the wheel.

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    Four Fish Vase lithograph by Bernard Leach

    Lithograph printed at the Curwen Studio in 1974 on T H Saunders thick wove paper with full margins in a limited edition of 100. Signed and numbered by the Bernard Leach. Mint condition, unframed. H 77cm x D 57cm.

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,323

    Become a Leach Potter or apprentice potter for a fortnight. Join us in the Leach studio and follow a production cycle through to firing the kiln. Make a piece of your own to add to the kiln. No previous experience required but experienced potters are also welcome.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,654

    Light the Leach fire. The reward for our top pledge is to be the person to light the Leach fire for the official reopening of the fireplace. You will have your name added to our list of Leach Pottery Patrons and receive all the benefits of a top level membership of the Pottery.

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