The Leach family: a veritable institution in world of; Potters. (info below picture)
Chatted with Simon just as he was leaving on a trip back to the UK., I purchased this Tea Bowl, anticipating delivery in approx. 3 weeks.
I would highly recommend a foray into Youtube: Simon has over 800 postings. I enjoy the early ones when he visits family.
- Elder brother John, in the UK: http://www.johnleachpottery.co.uk/
From the Leach Pottery web site: www.leachpottery.com
Bernard Leach (1887-1979)
Widely considered the most important and influential artist-potter of the 20th century, Bernard Leach pioneered the revival of the English studio pottery movement, setting up the St Ives pottery, with the help of his friend Shoji Hamada, in 1920.
Having trained in Japan under the master potter Kenzan, Bernard Leach brought to the pottery a heady mixture of idealism, aesthetics and a radical workshop concept resulting in a continuing struggle for survival.
David Leach (1911-2005)
It was Bernard's elder son David who gave stability to the pottery by introducing a range of hand-thrown standard ware. He also engaged students and apprentices who helped to produce the range. Amongst them was John, Bernard's eldest grandson who was an apprentice from 1960-1963.
David and his brother Michael both worked with their father until 1955 when they left to set up their own potteries in Devon.
Lowerdown Pottery: http://www.studiopottery.com/