Art gallery is great resource run with passion

SIR - I recently attended a talk given by Phillip Leach about his grandfather, bernard. It took place at the Burton Gallery and was a fund-raising event orgnised by The Friends of the Burton Gallery. It was so popular that we had to change rooms at the la

SIR - I recently attended a talk given by Phillip Leach about his grandfather, bernard.It took place at the Burton Gallery and was a fund-raising event orgnised by The Friends of the Burton Gallery.It was so popular that we had to change rooms at the last minute, to accommodate about 90 people.Philip, wearing his "Son of a Leach" T-shirt, talked about Bernard's strong bond with Japan.Bernard is often called the "Father of studio Pottery." He was born in Japan and lived there on and off, making many trips over his lifetime.This was not just a one-way process. Shoji Hamada and many other famoous Japanese potters came to St Ives to exchange philosophies, ideas and expertise.Phillip has also made trips to Japan, where he enjoys minor celebrity status.It was a great opportunity to be able to access this learning experience so near to home. I have always used the Burton as a great resource. It is run with passion and provides a great space to see the work of both local and international artists past and present.With the craft gallery, numerous workshops and a convenient location, we should all make use of this facility. I thought it was a pity that there were hardly any young people there.There is an ongoing programme of events and I hope that people of all ages will support the Burton in the future. I was told that a new chef will soon be taking over the cafe and thius should complete the experience.I am myself a student, studying on a Foundation ddegree in ceramics at the new North Devon School of Art, Pottington.Fine art and illustra`tion courses are held there, among others. We also have a lovely gallery with a continual programme of exhibitions of a very high standard. It is open to the public from 9.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday.Zoe Felix.Editor's note: Diana Warmington, of The Friends of Burton Art Gallery, tells us that the cafe will reopen this Sunday with chef Jo Monterieux in charge.


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