Simon Olding is Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Professor of Modern Crafts at the University for the Creative Arts. He is a writer and curator with a special interest in craft practice and makers located in the south west of England. He is Chair of the Leach Pottery, St Ives, which Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada established in Cornwall in 1920. Today, the Leach pottery operates as a working pottery, producing contemporary Leach ‘Standard Ware’; it is also a museum, heritage site and exhibition space, reflecting on the tradition of Leach’s ceramics, the work of many influential makers who trained or worked there (from Michael Cardew to Warren Mackenzie) and contemporary practice. Simon Olding is co curator, with Glenn Adamson and Martina Droth, of the forthcoming exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery; at the Yale Center for British Art.
Lecture title: The Leach Pottery: the discourse of pots in place.
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