Bernard LEACH

Great Britain 1887 – 1979

Vase 1960 Place made: St Ives, Cornwall, England
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, stoneware, glazed over iron pigment brush decoration

Primary Insc: Impressed on lower outside edge initials (Bernard Leach seal) Impressed next to BL seal 'St Ives'
Dimensions: 39.9 h x 17.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.1802
  • Bernard Leach was the most influential British potter of the 20th century, his work and writing contributing to the revival of studio crafts from the 1920s. His work drew upon the forms of traditional English medieval pottery and the folk pottery of Japan. He lived and worked in Japan from 1909 to 1920, working with potters such as Ogata Kenzan, Kenkichi Tomimoto and Shoji Hamada, and developing a life-long friendship with Soetsu Yanagi, the founder of Japan’s Mingei folk craft movement. Leach’s philosophy and techniques in his seminal A Potter’s Book was the source of inspiration for potters worldwide from the 1940s.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design