Leach Blog from Leach Pottery
1 Apr 2020, 10 a.m. - 30 Jun 2021, 6 p.m.
Leach Blog from Leach Pottery.
Explore fascinating stories from the Leach Pottery and its community.
From dementia workshops, poets-in-residence, to the adventures of potters, learn more about the wonderful people and stories that make the Leach Pottery on the Leach Blog.
Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was born in Hong Kong and spent large parts of his life travelling in China and Japan, where he was first inspired to explore studio pottery by witnessing the high-temperature raku firing process.
He established the Leach Pottery in St Ives, which included a climbing and raku kiln in the 1920s; over the next few decades he experimented relentlessly with new studio pottery methods, and fostered and collaborated with several generations of potters, including his third wife Janet Leach (1918-1997) and his lifelong creative partner Shoji Hamada (1894-1978).