An Artistic Pottery – An Extract from Bernard Leach: Life and Work

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2020 marks the centenary of the founding of the Leach Pottery by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. In this extract from Bernard Leach: Life and Work, author Emmanuel Cooper provides a vivid account of the pivotal years between 1920 and 1926, which saw Leach and Hamada return to England from Japan and establish their pioneering studio pottery centred around the individuality of the artist in St. Ives, Cornwall.

Bernard Leach: Life and Work

By Emmanuel Cooper

Widely recognised as the father of studio pottery, Bernard Leach played a pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world. This outstanding biography provides for the first time a rich and detailed account of Leach’s life and its relation to his art.

Distributed for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art


The Leach Pottery in St. Ives will be celebrating #Leach100 with a programme of free family activities and wonderful exhibitions throughout 2020 and into 2021. Learn more on their website.

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