Fundraiser for William Marshall Display at Leach

10 Sep 2008

On Thursday 18th September, as part of the St Ives September Festival 2008, Roger Tonkinson and Paul Vibert will be talking about the Leach Pottery’s former foreman, William Marshall.  Entitled ‘William Marshall: A Potter’s Potter’, the talk will take place at St Ives Arts Club between 1pm and 2.15pm.  Roger and Paul, who both knew Marshall well, will be discussing the man and his work and the major role he played during the Pottery’s heyday as Bernard Leach’s close friend and right hand man.  William Marshall, who died last year at the age of 83, has long been recognised as a master potter in his own right. Although a quiet character who worked very much behind the scenes, his role at the Pottery was pivotal and he is known to have assisted the aging Leach in the making of some of his larger pots, which were then decorated by Leach.  Tickets for the talk are priced at £4 and are available from St Ives Tourist Information Centre (01736) 798577. All profits from this talk go towards setting up a William Marshall display at the Leach Pottery.

Pictures of Pots

Artist, Sue Halliday, also a keen admirer of Marshall’s work, has produced a limited edition hand-tinted etching of a William Marshall pot owned by Paul Vibert. Priced at £45 unframed and £60 framed, these will be on sale at the talk and via the Leach Pottery shop. Again, all profits will go towards a William Marshall display at the Pottery.  Sue Halliday, who now lives in Bernard Leach’s former home at The Counthouse in Carbis Bay, has a career as an artist which spans 35 years and encompasses printmaking, painting, life drawing and design. As well as being a practising artist she also ran the Cornerstone gallery in St Ives for more than 5 years. For further details please contact the Leach office on 01736 799703 or email