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Soda-fired works by Jack Doherty

Online Ceramics took a train at Easter to see Jack Doherty who is based in the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall. It was a two-hour journey from Plymouth through some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK. Once we reached St Ives we popped into Porthminster Gallery to take a look at the Craig Underhill exhibition (whose work is also available on this site). We then walked all the way up from the bay to the Leach Pottery.

First, we had a look around the Leach Pottery Gallery that had a great selection of other ceramic artists works including some more Online Ceramics potters. We then cut through the Museum to see Jack in his studio. It’s always great fun to go passed those ‘no public access’ signs! Jack showed us around his studio, we then went on to the studio where the Leach tableware is produced.

Time flew by, then disaster! We ran out of time to choose the pieces for Online Ceramics. We had booked tickets to see the Welsh National Opera that evening in Plymouth and didn’t want to miss it, so we left empty handed. However, Peter Ward was very keen to include Jack’s work so made a special visit two days later and with Jack, picked twelve first-rate examples of his work.