Annabelle Smith is an apprentice potter at the Leach Pottery, St Ives.
Annabelle studied Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire, where she specialised in contemporary installation art. In her third year, an electric wheel arrived in the 3D room of the university and she began to realise her dream of becoming a production potter. After graduating, Annabelle started volunteering in various potteries around Devon and Cornwall. She helped at the Oxford Anagama project before spending a short time as a volunteer at the Leach Pottery and continuing on to do some work at Kigbeare studios.
In October 2017, Annabelle became the Leach Pottery’s third Seasalt Bursary Apprentice.
‘The process of designing and making beautiful, utilitarian pieces for others to use sparks joy in me. I have always been practical and enjoyed working with my hands, so pottery is the perfect path for me to take.’