John Bedding, Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery
John Bedding came to St Ives from London in 1967, and in 1968 was taken on as a student apprentice at the Leach Pottery. He was invited to join the permanent staff at the Leach in 1973, where he remained for the next five years.
In 1979 John went with Shigeyoschi Ichino to work at the Ichino pottery in Japan. The traditional oriental techniques John Bedding learned at Tachiqui proved a valuable and profound influence on his work.In 1990 John Bedding opened St Ives Ceramics,
which houses not only John’s own work but also a highly respected collection of work by leading 20th century potters. In 1994 John Bedding became only the second potter invited to exhibit at Tate St Ives. He was also a founding member of the rescue group
that restored the Leach Pottery and brought it into public ownership in 2005, going on to serve as a trustee for the charity until 2013.
In honour of his efforts John was given the Michael Casson Memorial Award for ‘Services to the Community of Studio Potters’. In 2013 John was made Honorary Lead Potter at the Leach. With a firm grounding in the pottery’s historic methods of production, John Bedding works alongside the studio team to develop new range of functional pottery for the 21st century.
The Leach Pottery, St Ives
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.