Let me start by saying this has to be the perfect place to go when you’re into paintings and ceramics! The town ticked all my favourite boxes: seaside, beaches, Cornwall, galleries, pottery, coffee shops and narrow cobbled streets. There is simply too much to say about St Ives itself, so instead today I’m going to focus on just one of the places I visited during my stay: and that’s the Leach Pottery.
On the day I visited it was first-thing Monday morning and thick with fog. So as I walked up the enormous, heart-thumping hill towards the pottery – unable to see further than a few yards – I did wonder if I’d ever get there! I was really lucky to have the entire place to myself for two whole hours – and although this was excellent for me, it’s a sad state of affairs and a reflection perhaps of how little attention ceramics get compared to other art forms. However, politics aside (!) I really enjoyed my visit.