Britta Wengeler at the Leach Pottery
The Leach Pottery’s new studio was built in 2008 and houses our skilled team of production potters, Roelof Uys, Kat Wheeler, and Britta Wengeler who make our new tableware range under the guidance of Lead Potter, John Bedding. The team is assisted by a 12-month volunteer pottery apprentice; our 2013-14 volunteer is Tinni Arora from India.
In addition, the studio regularly hosts visiting students and interns from countries around the world including Japan, Taiwan, USA, Canada, India, Germany, France, Austria and Italy.
German born potter Britta Wengeler trained with Master Clemens Wirth for three years producing a wide range of domestic pottery, before completing a “Journeyman” Crafts Degree. She then followed the old tradition of travelling for “three years and a day” in order to deepen her knowledge of cultural ceramics. Of particular importance was her time with New Zealand potter Petra Meyboden, daughter of painter Hans Meyboden, where Britta discovered the possibilities of wet clay decoration and various firing techniques in Petra’s wood kiln. She joined the Leach Pottery in 2010 as an apprentice potter and since February 2012 has been part of the studio team producing the new Leach Tableware.
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is among the most respected and influential studio
potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of studio pottery production in the UK and beyond.
Scores of potters, students and apprentices from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train, creating a uniquely
international environment in the heart of Cornwall, and maintaining the pottery’s creative principle of East/West exchange.
Today the newly restored Leach Pottery studio, museum and gallery are continuing the development of Bernard Leach’s historic legacy.