Monday, October 25, 2004

RE: soak brains,please

An enquiry by email answered!

>hello hugh
>have been trying to think who that english ceramist were he who as
>the first wwent to japan (china) in 1910 around,he who probably knew
>herbert read??or similar persons..he who made the most wondrful
>ceramic:but WHO WHO WHO----please soak brAINS

Google Image Search: "Bernard Leach"

Household B Leach - Bernard Leach's work at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall: "The permanent collection is housed in the original Leach family home, which was built in the 1920's"

Etchings and BERNARD LEACH: "Bernard Leach, a famous figure in the world of ceramics, was more than a studio potter. He was a leader; a teacher of aesthetics and excellence, from whom generations of potters took their inspiration and example.
He was born in the Far East of English parents, but sent to school in England. After his studies in drawing and etching at Slade School of Art, he returned to Japan taking with him an etching press with the intention of being an Artist-Printmaker. His passion for Pottery came almost by accident, when a friend invited him to attend a Raku party, where he decorated his first pot and was hooked.

He then began to study pottery under the Sixth Kenzan. Later Bernard and his fellow student, Tomimoto, jointly inherited the title of the Seventh Kenzan.

Bernard being the only foreigner to have ever been awarded this title.
Bernard continued his printmaking, as well as the pottery, however his prints were not very popular in Japan and largely went unnoticed.

Bernard returned to England in the 1920�s and set up his, now famous, pottery in St. Ives. He brought back from Japan his etching plates and they were stored away in the attic of the pottery and forgotten. After Bernard's death in 1979, Trevor Corser, the last of the Leach apprentice's, rediscovered the plates. The plates were printed in limited editions, and sold in St. Ives, two of the prints I acquired, shown below.
I think his etchings and drawings show as much insight as his pottery, though they are less well known.
* He was also a poet!"
The David Fry Studio Pottery, History and Archaeology

Welcome to John Leach Pottery: "John Leach, potter, eldest grandson of Bernard Leach, at Muchelney Pottery on the unique Somerset Levels." these are peat bogs and marshes

History of Muchelney pottery 1: "John started the pottery in 1965 with his wife Lizzie who manages the Pottery Shop adjacent to the family's cottage home and workshops. He works with two other Master Potters, Nick Rees and Mark Melbourne - hand-throwing and wood-firing a range of stoneware kitchen pots based on the simple strength of English country pottery.
The present three-chambered wood-fired kiln was built in 1998 to a traditional Oriental climbing design which hasn't changed in 600 years.
John's signed original designs, notably his 'Black Mood' pots, are in galleries and private collections across the world. They can also be seen in a unique English Heritage exhibition at 10th century Muchelney Abbey (Apr-Oct), at Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset and in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum, London and The Tate Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall.

How the pots are made
The pots are all hand-thrown, using local clays, then biscuit-fired at 1000°C before being glazed on the inside then wood-fired in the kiln to the high stoneware temperature of 1320°C , which creates the pots' distinctive 'toasted' finish. The glazes are made from felspar, limestone, quartz and clay mixed with water, into which the pots are dipped.
With their sturdy rounded shapes and family of sizes, the pots are ideally suited for oven-to-table cookery. They can be used in microwave ovens and are dishwasher safe. Each pot is unique; no two are ever identical."

The Leach Pottery Restoration Project

The Leach Pottery Restoration Project: "Penwith District Council, with the assistance of Cornwall County Council, has agreed to purchase a 12 month option on the Leach Pottery to allow sufficient time for the council to put together a funding package to purchase the site from the present owners. It is anticipated that the council will be looking for approximately £1m of funding from such funding bodies as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council, Objective One and SWRDA. The project team will also be launching a public appeal within a few months and will be taking the project out for public consultation later in the summer. "


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