The Art of Bernard Leach by Carol Hogden
Published in 1978 by Faber and Faber and based on the retrospective exhibition 'The Art of Bernard Leach' held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1977.
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. His numerous written works included the manual A Potter’s Book in 1940, also avaiable on this site.
192 pages, 132 colour and duotone illustrations, in good condition.