Lea Phillips

2021 Spotlight on Lea Phillips

After 20 years making my colourful stoneware pottery in Devon, I will soon be moving on to pastures new, and will be relocating to the coast soon after this year’s Devon Open Studios.

I came to Totnes in 1998 to work for Dartington Pottery, and set up my first studio in Devon at Coombe Park in 2001.

I have always loved the sea and the decoration of my pots often reflects the energy of the waves, wind and sky. Once all the moving is sorted I will continue to make pots and multimedia two-dimensional art in the new location in Weymouth.

I share the studio with the sculptor Ama Menec, who will also be moving to the coast, so this will be a last opportunity to see both of our work at Unit 7.

The full range of ceramics in all the main designs will be on show during Open Studios, a great chance to see the whole collection, whether you are looking for a special one-off pot or to add to your favourite mug collection. My work includes a full range of wheel thrown tableware in durable high fired stoneware, decorated with free abstract designs using vibrant, high-fired glazes.

Ama has also had a long career in the local area, her work, which is mostly based on ancient and natural history, includes ceramic garden sculpture as well as pattenated foundry bronze.

Coombe Park, near Ashprington, is two miles from Totnes and near to Sharpham vineyard which has views of the beautiful River Dart and offers alfresco lunches, as well as organic ice cream, wine and cheeses. There are also some lovely riverside walks and pubs in the near by villages of Ashprington and Tuckenhay.

Do come and see us, we intend to make our final Open Studios the best ever and to celebrate 20 creative years in Devon.

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