A celebration of 100 years of friendship and collaboration as we welcome the Japanese Prime Minister and his delegation to St Ives for the G7 Summit Shoji Hamada sitting in front of Old Pottery fireplace. © Courtesy of the Bernard Leach Estate. Image kindly provided by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts First … Continue reading Shoji Hamada & Bernard Leach, St Ives & Japan: An Enduring Friendship
Newly Discovered Leach Family Photograph
It's incredibly exciting when someone shares 'new' photographs and documents with us. Thanks to a surprise email from Fraser Donachie and his willingness to share his postcard find with us, we have a wonderful image and story to share with you...
Blueprint for a Museum
Leach 100 artist, Julia Ellen Lancaster, reflects on her influences and encounters with the Leach Pottery’s legacy as she embarks upon her month-long residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.
The Hidden Twin Daughters
100 years ago today (28 August 2020), the youngest of Bernard and Muriel Leach's children were born. Twins Jessamine and Betty made their appearance only 4 days after the Leach family relocated to England after a long boat trip from Japan. Below is an account of their lives written by Jessamine's son, David Kendall, along … Continue reading The Hidden Twin Daughters
Leach Pottery Limited Edition Centenary Range Launches with the Yunomi
To celebrate and honour 100 years of the Leach Pottery, Lead Potter Roelof Uys is crafting a new Limited Edition range of 1200 pieces of tableware. The first 100 Limited Edition Yunomi are now available to buy exclusively through the Leach Pottery website. Below, Roelof explains why he has chosen the humble but elegant yunomi to launch the … Continue reading Leach Pottery Limited Edition Centenary Range Launches with the Yunomi
A Voyage from East to West: Leach and Hamada’s Journey to England, June 1920
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
Wednesday Wanderers: Leach 100 Project
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
Warren MacKenzie: A Tribute
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
Leach Pottery Films and Videos
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 Leach Pots: Record-Breaking Prices!
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!