Author: Rachel Viney, Historical Story Researcher at the Leach Pottery Past and present meet – in some surprising ways – in this account of the sea voyage that brought Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada to Britain 100 years ago In June 1920, the cargo-passenger steamer NYK Kamo Maru set sail from the Japanese port of … Continue reading A Voyage from East to West: Leach and Hamada’s Journey to England, June 1920
In line with the Leach 100 years celebrations in 2020, the Wednesday Wanderers are working on a project of their own. Who are the Wednesday Wanderers? The Wednesday Wanderers are a group of people in the St Ives area who live with memory-loss issues and dementia. They and their carers meet up each week to … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderers: Leach 100 Project
With sadness, we began to hear the news of Warren’s death at the very start of this year receiving messages from potters and his devotees, and seeing obituaries in respected publications alongside boundless expressions of loss on social media. One thing’s for sure: Warren is missed. This post looks at Warren’s relationship with the Leach … Continue reading Warren MacKenzie: A Tribute
Here's a round-up of some of the Leach Pottery films and videos available online, starting with present material and then historical footage. Contemporary Footage Sensory Trust Tea Party 2018 (1m 39s) Christmas at the Leach 2017 (1m 28s) A School Trip From Mashiko Japan 2017 (2m 35s) Carson Culp - A Year At The Leach … Continue reading Leach Pottery Films and Videos
David Bowie’s collection of artworks went on sale at Sotheby’s on the 10th and 11th of November. Amongst the items up for auction were a vase and a small tile by Bernard Leach. The vase with a trademark brushwork design of a leaping salmon went for an astounding £32,500; the tile, with a brushwork pattern … Continue reading David Bowie’s Leach Pots: Record-Breaking Prices!