The Story of Leach Pottery

 

Words by Hugo Ross

Nov 04, 2018

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The Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in St Ives, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom.

The buildings grew from an old cow / tin-ore shed in the 19th century to a pottery in the 1920s with the addition of a two-storey cottage built later, on to the lower end of the pottery (the Pottery is built on a steep hill over an ancient river bed), followed by a completely separate cottage at the top of the site added by Leach in 1927.

The pots here are predominantly made with a kick wheel, use stoneware clay from Doble's claypit in St Agnes, Cornwall - much the same clay as was used in the original Leach Standard Ware production. They are Imperfect and beautiful; the perfect balance of wabi sabi.

‘A good pot only reveals itself very slowly’ Bernard Howell Leach

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