A Potters Book by Bernard Leach
Faber and Faber, 1955. Reprint of second edition in hardback. Fawn cloth lettered in red and with red vignette of potter at wheel to front, and photo-illustrated dustjacket with some tears.
Known as the ‘Father of British Studio Pottery’ Bernard Leach was a remarkable, pioneering potter who, quite unlike everybody else at the time, saw pottery as a holistic combination of art, philosophy, design and craft.
Bernard Leach took up pottery in 1911 and apprenticed himself to the sixth generation of Japanese potters working in the tradition of Ogata Kenzan, one of Kyoto’s master ceramicists of the Edo period. Together with Tomimoto Kenkichi, Leach earned the title of Kenzan VII, denoting the seventh generation of Kenzan potters. In 1920 Leach returned to England, and, with his friend and fellow potter Hamada Shōji, he established the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, England. There Leach produced ceramics in the tradition of Asian pottery, especially raku.
294pp. With 4 colour plates, 77 half-tone illustrations in plates and many line drawings in text.
Introductions by Soyetsu Yanagi & Michael Cardew.
Good condition generally. Clean bright covers.