St Ives Ceramics, was opened in 1990 by potter John Bedding on the site of the famous Harts Ice Cream factory. John first developed it as his studio workshop, fronting it with a small gallery space to show work of his own and other potters he admired. At that time pottery was only shown as secondary exhibits in the local galleries, and John had long felt there was a need for a dedicated ceramics gallery that would show work to its best and as primary exhibits. It proved to be very popular and became so successful that John felt the need to move his workshop and extend the gallery space. John now works across the town in the Gaolyard studios which he opened in 1998 as a form of co-operative for potters. The gallery has expanded and now shows not only a wide representation of the best in contemporary studio pottery, but also a valued collection of master potters of the 20th century known as the “CBS. Collection”.

Helen is your main point of contact within the gallery and will be pleased to assist with any enquiries you might have.

We are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.

Feel free to get in touch by phone at 01736 794 930 or by email at sales@st-ives-ceramics.co.uk


The CBS collection, was conceived as a rolling collection of work by the world’s leading studio potters past and present and was formed as a partnership between art consultant Kate Chertavian, and John Bedding .

On display within this collection are works produced by 20th century master potters, comprising the likes of Bernard Leach, Janet Leach, David Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, William Marshall, Colin Pearson, Richard Batterham and many more. A whole section of the Gallery, which has 5 distinct display spaces, is dedicated to pottery produced in Mashiko, Japan, including works by all three Hamadas – Shoji, his son Shinsaku and his grandson Tomoo, as well as Tatsuzo Shimaoka.

St Ives Ceramics

Bernard Leach

Shoji Hamada