Abigail Leach Ceramics
I studied BA(Hons) 3D Design, Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Glass at Manchester Metropolitan University and specialised in Ceramics and Wood. After university, ceramics became my main field of practice; I am also an experienced qualified teacher and taught Art & Design at secondary schools for 15 years, during this time my own artistic practice took a back seat. 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 studio at The Clay Loft in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and teach regular weekly 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 (www.newbreweryarts.org.uk)
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
Wednesdays 1.30 pm-4.30 pm
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!
Clay Play (for Children)
27/05/19 10am - 12 noon OR 2pm - 4pm
Ceramics Hand Building Summer School
Mon 22nd to Wed 24th July
Hand Building Ceramics Weekender
Sat 3rd to Sun 4th August
New workshop dates for 2019 being added all the time!
See newbreweryarts.org.uk for more details and to book.
Where to see & buy my work.........
Buy directly from me (details below) studio visits always welcome but please do contact me first.
Current Stockists: Baxters, Dartmouth. For Arts Sake, Ealing, London.
Until June 1st 2019 at 'Carnival' The Craft Gallery, RBSA, Birmingham
Confirmed shows for 2019: The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey 7-9 June 2019
Earth & Fire, The Harley Gallery, Notts. 21-23 June 2019