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In the uk today there has never been so much interest in the craft industries. but at the same time the cost of property has risen out of all proportion to the income people can expect. Here we look at a series of snapshot case studies on how current ceramics makers from around the country organise their businesses. The study is not concerned with the type of work they produce and all work full-time with their total or main incomes generated from the sales of their work. Some are long standing makers and some are new, but each has a different approach and each a different experience. John Leach (West Country), the name of ‘Leach’ is synonymous with the best of craft pottery. Today, John and Elisabeth Leach run their pottery from Muchelney in Somerset, making exquisite woodfired stoneware. They have worked there for 50 years.

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