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Bernard Howell Leach (1887-1979), Potter and writer
Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Born in Hong Hong, Leach studied at the Slade school of Art, London before moving to Japan to teach, at the age of 21. He studied pottery under the tradition of Ogata Kenzan. Returning to England with his family in 1920, Leach established the pottery in St Ives with Shoji Hamada. He used local materials and drew inspiration from the 17th Century, aiming to produce inexpensive slipware for everyday use. From the early 1920s he began to take on students who included Michael Cardew and Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie.