John Leach Stoneware Clay 12.5kg

John Leach Stoneware Clay 12.5kg

Stock Code: CH1068

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John Leach Stoneware was developed by John Leach’s Muchelney pottery for their traditional high-temperature wood-firing process. Our John Leach Stoneware clay contains grog and gives a warm buff colour when fired.

This versatile clay can be used for both throwing and hand-building projects.

Contraction at 1280C – 11.5%
Thermal Expansion – 0.275%

John Leach Stoneware was developed by John Leach’s Muchelney pottery for their traditional high-temperature wood-firing process.
Our John Leach Stoneware clay contains grog and gives a warm buff colour when fired.
This versatile clay can be used for both throwing and hand-building projects.
Muchelney’s style is about making robust forms with fire licked decoration and this Stoneware is perfect to achieve this.

About the Leach Family

Bernard Leach
Bernard is widely considered to be the most important and influential British potter of the 20th century. He set up his pottery with Japanese Potter, Shoji Hamada in St Ives in Cornwall in 1920. Leach Pottery is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world and is considered to be the birthplace of British studio pottery. Bernard played a crucial role in creating an identity for artist potters across the world and is one of the greatest figures of 20th century art.

John Leach
John is the grandson of Bernard Leach and son of Potter, David Leach. After training with his grandfather and father, John set up Muchelney pottery in 1965 in Somerset. Here John continued the leach tradition of creating high-quality handmade ceramics.

John passed away in 2021 but the Pottery still continues to produce a range of ceramics that are all hand thrown on site. All products are fired in the three chambered kiln to 1320°c which creates their distinctive toasted finish.

The Leach Pottery reopened in 2008 on their original site and is now a museum that offers a guided tour. You can visit the throwing room with kick wheels and a Japanese climbing kiln and browse their exhibition space.

How long will my order take to arrive?

Orders placed via our website over the weekend will be picked, packed and despatched during our normal opening hours of Monday-Friday, e.g an order placed on Friday evening would be processed on Monday. Orders placed over bank holiday periods or during our Christmas shut-down are processed when we re-open.

We try to despatch most orders placed before 12pm Mon-Fri on the same day. We offer a choice of next day delivery or economy delivery, which will normally be delivered to you within 3 working days. Our carton and pallet deliveries are despatched via courier.. If you have any queries regarding delivery for an order you have placed with us, or wish to amend a delivery, please call us on 01782 319435 & we will do our best to assist you.

Please note, pallet deliveries are kerbside only unless otherwise discussed.

Smaller parcels are usually despatched by Royal Mail standard post. Goods sent by 1st class mail to a mainland UK address normally arrive within 1-2 working days after posting, but please note this is not guaranteed.

Please note, during peak times such as school holidays and Christmas we experience a higher volume of orders. We despatch goods on a first come, first served basis, so if your order is urgent please contact us to let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. We would also advise that you place orders in advance where possible, as although we endeavour to despatch your order quickly there are occasions where traffic or weather conditions may affect delivery.

Can I specify a time for my delivery?

Our couriers deliver between the hours of 9am and 6pm- if you have specific opening times please inform us at the time of placing your order so we can update our records accordingly. If you would like your goods to arrive in either the morning or the afternoon, we can arrange this for you at an additional cost- please specify when placing your order and we will contact you to confirm.

What happens if I am not around to accept my delivery?

If our courier cannot leave the goods in a secure place they will usually leave a drop card to inform you that a delivery has been attempted- this will give details of your tracking number & local depot so you can call them to arrange collection or to have your goods re-delivered. However this can incur an additional delivery charge. Pallet deliveries are kerbside only. Please note should you choose to have your goods left outside your premises or at an alternative address this is at your own risk.

Can I collect my order or arrange my own transport?

If you would prefer to collect your order or arrange your own transport, please let us know at the time of ordering. If ordering with us online, please select the Collect option and let us know on which date you would like to collect in the Special Instructions section. If you are arranging for a courier to collect your order, please inform us so that we can ensure the goods are packaged correctly for transport.

What is your policy regarding damaged/ broken items on my delivery?

Where possible, please check your pallet or delivery carton for any signs of outer damage – if any is evident please sign for the goods as damaged and inform us within 2 working days. In the event of an order arriving with damaged, broken or faulty items, we require a photo of the goods in question by e-mail to to enable us to follow this up with our couriers- we will then discuss any issues with you and arrange either a replacement or alternatively a credit note at our discretion which will be deducted from your next order.

Should you have any further queries about our deliveries, please call our team on 01782 319435.

Subject to exceptions, we are happy to accept returns of incorrectly ordered or mispicked items within 28 days of delivery. Your 28 day period begins on the date shown at the top of your invoice. Please call us on 01782 319435 or e-mail to inform us of an incorrectly picked or incorrectly ordered item. When returning items to us, please include a note or copy of your sales order or invoice with your goods to enable us to process your refund. We can either arrange a refund for the returned items or a credit note, the value of which can be deducted from your next order. Refunds will be credited to the original payment card. Goods must be returned in a fully resaleable condition and any lids, packaging and labels must be intact. Please note, we will only refund or credit the sale value of incorrectly ordered goods – not any return postage. We reserve the right to refuse an exchange or refund if goods are not returned in a saleable condition.

Please return items to:
FAO Returns
Cromartie Hobbycraft
Park Hall Road