Abigail Leach Ceramics
(A little story....)
About 300 years ago I graduated with a BA(Hons) in 3D Design, Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Glass from Manchester Metropolitan University (specialising in Ceramics and Wood). After university, Ceramics became my main field of practice & I made stuff for a bit whilst working as an Art Technician. Then I decided to complete a PGCE (about 297 years ago) and taught Art & Design at secondary schools for 15 years, during this time my own artistic practice took a back seat (and I had some babies too!). In 2013 I made the bold decision to concentrate on my own work in ceramics and move away from mainstream teaching, then in 2015, Abigail Leach Ceramics was born. Currently I have a teeny tiny studio at home in Wiltshire and teach regular weekly Ceramics classes to Adults at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
I use an Earthenware Terracotta clay to handbuild a range of Domestic ware, adding bespoke slips for colour and decoration. Some work is fully glazed to make the coloured slips pop, or partly glazed with a transparent glaze to leave some raw matt areas of terracotta to contrast against areas of glossy colour. I predominantly build using slabs and specially constructed moulds and formers. It can be slow and sometimes labour intensive but I enjoy the challenge of forming and shaping the clay. I am particularly interested in texture, colour, form and function. My work explores the theme of
traditional domestic ware, and I produce small batches of ware
that share similar characteristics and a range of one-off Teapots, all work is individually hand-built and decorated, so no two pieces are exactly alike.
I intend that my ceramics should be used everyday and fit for purpose & would like to think my work could invoke a smile, it has a sense of humour and playfulness and is meant to delight!.
Classes and Workshops
All at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester () Please note: All classes are currently suspended until further notice in line with Govt. advice. Please see NBA website for further info about current circumstances. Rest assured WE WILL BE BACK!
Ceramics For All Abilities
Fancy having a go at making with clay as a complete novice or refreshing existing (or long forgotten) skills?
This 10 week course will develop skills in hand building, slab building, modelling & coiling. It also covers a wide range of surface decoration techniques including Slip & Underglaze application, sgraffito and surface resist plus basic glazing techniques.
Ceramics For Beginners And Improvers
Work at your own pace in small class sizes to ensure you get individual support from the tutor and begin, rekindle or further explore a love of making in clay! Learn basic hand-building techniques including coiling, slab building and modelling and explore surface decoration & glazing in order to create something individual & amazing!
There will be Workshops SOON!
Check back here for the opportunity to spread the Clay Love!
New workshop dates for 2021 being added all the time (eventually!)
See newbreweryarts.org.uk for more details and to book.
Where to see & buy my work.........
Buy directly from me at
Studio visits always welcome but please do contact me first using form below (so that I can tidy up!).
POTTERS, Bristol. pottersbristol.com
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. newbreweryarts.org.uk
SEED, Frome. designsbyseed.co.uk
Baxters, Dartmouth. baxtersgallery.co.uk
The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber. the-ropewalk.co.uk
Shows/Fairs/Exhibitions for 2021 Sadly, most of the shows, fairs & exhibitions planned for 2020 were cancelled or postponed in the light of Covid 19. 2021's live show calendar is still evolving & very much at the mercy of Coronavirus.
HOWEVER: At the current time the following shows for later in the year are (still) pencilled in the calendar:
Craft Festival, Cheltenham. 13-15 August 2021
Clay, A festival of Ceramics, Exeter. September 24-25 2021
Craft Festival, Bath. 27-28 November 2021
Please do contact me using the form below