The Leach Pottery was reopened after a major restoration project in March 2008. These pictures, which were taken a couple of weeks later show the work that has been undertaken and hopefully give the viewer an idea of the way in which the pottery hopes to carry on the work started by Bernard Leach in the early twentieth century. When I last visited St. Ives the pottery looked in a sorry state, its transformation is now complete. The pottery cottage looks much the same but the pottery buildings have been redeveloped and the old showroom or shed has gone and has been replaced by an exhibition cube. At the rear of the site are the new pottery workshops which are accessed via wooden walkways, a Japanese style white gravel garden fills the central space. Three new kilns have been built at the end of the car park, these will soon be producing a new range of standard ware and individual pots. A permanent exhibition entitled The Bernard Leach Story is housed in the exhibition cube. A single large showcase with wonderful pots is complimented by a biographical timeline detailing the life of the great man. The pottery cottage is used as a shop and gallery space which will be used for visiting exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition features the work of John Leach and runs until April 12th 2008. Also for sale in the shop is a range of pots by British makers including an area dedicated to local Cornish potters featuring the work of ex-Leach potters Amanda Brier and Joanna Wason. Inside the pottery building is a new reception area leading to the old kiln and pottery rooms which apart from necessary structural work have been left exactly as they were before the restoration took place. Walking through this area was the highlight of my visit, so good to be able to stand next to the old fireplace where Bernard entertained his students and to see the old climbing kiln. At the time of writing, the feel is that of a museum, no doubt that will soon change when production commences under Lead Potter Jack Doherty and the new training programme gets underway.