Bernard Leach (1887 - 1979) was born in Hong Kong, and later attended the Slade School in London where he studied etching. He visited Japan in 1909 and taught etching but a few years later became interested in Raku style pottery. It was not until 1919 he met potter Hamada Shoji, and the following year they moved back to England, settling in St lves in Cornwall where they set up the Leach Pottery. They produced pottery with a combination of Eastern and Western styles. Their influence spread and many studio artists took apprenticeship under them, including Michael Cardew, William Marshall, and Leach's sons, David and Michael. After the death of Bernard Leach in 1979, the business was continued by his wife Janet who operated it until her death in 1999. It was then purchased by a St Ives hotel owner and it is still operating as a pottery and museum.
Bernard Leach, early St Ives slipware saucer, with a cream slip on an olive green ground, impressed mark, diameter 16 cm. Provenance: This saucer is reputedly amongst the first ceramics fired by Bernard Leach at St Ives in the 1920s, from the Collection of
Bernard Leach, stoneware rectangular pen tray. Pale celadon glaze over combed white slip to the interior, the exterior with tenmoku glaze, circa 1960. Impressed personal seal mark and St Ives pottery mark, W.21 cm. For a similar example see Bernard Leach:
St Ives pottery, an earthenware dish, possibly by Bernard Leach with pie crust rim decorated with intersecting combed lines on a rich brown glazed ground. Unmarked. Diameter 32 cm. Martin Hill's notes record that Leach mentioned to him that the piecrust ri
Bernard Leach, stoneware tile incised and painted with a swimming fish on a cream ground. Painted St Ives mark and painted Leach mark to the front of the tile, the reverse with four impressed St Ives seal marks, glaze damage to the upper section of the til
Bernard Leach (attributed), earthenware dish with moulded pie crust rim and feather pattern decoration on yellow ground. Impressed St Ives seal mark, circa 1930. Diameter 20 cm. Martin Hill's notes record that he showed this dish to Bernard Leach who confi
Bernard Leach (attributed), small ovoid stoneware vase with deep black glaze. Firing flaw to top rim. Impressed St Ives mark. Height 19 cm. Martin Hill showed Bernard Leach this small vase when he visited New Zealand in 1962. Leach informed Martin that thi
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