Alexandra Lambley, a PhD student at University College Falmouth, Cornwall, and Research Fellow at The Leach Pottery, St. Ives, is currently carrying out research in Vancouver and its environs regarding British Columbia’s Studio Pottery past and present. The material gathered will be integral to her PhD thesis entitled Mingei and its Transnational Reception: A Comparative Study of Studio Pottery in south west England and west Canada, which she is to complete by December 2013.
Her PhD thesis, emphasising potter Bernard Leach’s role in disseminating Mingei philosophy and practice transnationally, will evaluate the legacy of Mingei and its multiple and differing receptions, with a particular focus on St. Ives and Vancouver. These two locations have been selected to highlight not only their relationship to Japan through Mingei but also to one another.
Taking place the night before Alex returns to St. Ives, the aim of this lecture is for her to give an overview of The Leach Pottery today, including the opportunities available to international potters. She will also talk about her research in the context of The Leach Pottery, and will summarise her thoughts and ideas following her four-week stay in British Columbia.
Alexandra Lambley’s lecture will take place at 7:30, Friday, April 27, in Room 105 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. We look forward to seeing you there.