Sunday, 1 September 2013

Art: Jacob Bodilly, Boscean Pottery

During my visit to Cornwall this weekend I popped into Boscean Pottery. The current resident ceramicist is Jacob Bodilly who upholds Boscean's tradition of Leachian-style ceramics (Scott Marshall, Jacob's predecessor, learnt his craft from Leach himself). Jacob strives for perfection with elegant minimalist shapes, beautiful textured glazes and rustic finishes; his attention to detail is evident in every piece.

Born in Cornwall, Jacob studied ceramics at Exeter College and Cardiff University before serving his apprenticeship at Leach Pottery for two years from 2008. In 2010 he was approached to finish the last unfired pots of Scott Marshall and from there took on the studio at Boscean. His pieces are testament to Leach's simple, functional and beautiful designs and, like Leach, he specialises in wood ash glazing.

Whilst I was at there, Jacob took a break to tap out some Chopin on the old piano that sits in the corner of the studio. As he played he described how rewarding it is to be able to have the freedom to practise his music like this, or step out for a walk whenever he likes, whilst being at work. He didn't deny that the isolation is tough at times, but his dedication to the art makes it worth every moment.


Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath


An exhibition of Jacob Bodilly's work is being held at Boscean Pottery from 14th-28th September 2013.
Visit: jacobbodillyphoto.blogspot.co.uk




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