Bernard Leach character plate
Bernard Leach character plate (mark)
Bernard Leach covered pot
Bernard Leach covered pot (marks)
Bernard Leach faceted pot
Bernard Leach jar
Bernard Leach owl plate
Bernard Leach owl plate (mark)
Bernard Leach plate
Bernard Leach pot
Bernard Leach urn
Bernard Leach Vase
Large Leach covered pot
Large Leach covered pot (mark)
Leach bottle vase
Lidded bowl by Bernard Leach
Lidded pot by David and Bernard Leach
Two-handled Bernard Leach jar
Bernard Leach is, without a doubt, the best known and most prominent of British studio potters. His friendship with Shoji Hamada and his shuttling between Japan and St Ives are well documented.
Born in Hong Kong, he was taken almost immediately to Japan by his grandparents. He came to England at the age of ten for schooling. After a brief spell working as a clerk for the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank he attended The London School of Art.
In 1909 he returned to Japan to teach etching which he had himself learnt from Frank Brangwyn, and while there married for the first time. After ten years of life in the East - both Japan and China - he met Hamada. The following year they both came to England and set up the Leach Pottery at St Ives. The years between the wars were hard for Leach; he spent much time re-building kilns, experimenting with materials, travelling - but not achieving much critical or financial success.
It was not until after the Second World War, and the publication of his first book, A Potters' Book, that he became widely recognized as a master in his field. He continued to pot until 1972, but did not stop his ceaseless travelling. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London held an exhibition - The Art of Bernard Leach - in 1977, and in 1979 he died.
|Bernard Leach, Hamada and Their Circle by Cornelia Wingfield Digby and Tony Birks|
|A Potter's Book by Bernard Leach|
|Bernard Leach by Edmund de Waal|
|The Leach Legacy by Marion Whybrow|