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The eldest grandson of the world-famous potter Bernard Leach continues the family tradition by hand throwing and wood firing a large collection of wonderfully usable stoneware pots. John Leach works at Muchelney, Somerset, in workshops he established in 1965, restoring the original 15th century village pottery.
Leach’s own work shows the influence of English mediaeval pottery; his favourite shapes are substantial and rotund. Pots unglazed externally have green or deep brown glaze inside.
Because these are individual pieces, shapes and glazes may vary. Supplies may fluctuate. A fuller selection will be found at the David Mellor shops.
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Widely considered the most important and influential artist-potter of the 20th century, Bernard Leach pioneered the revival of the English studio pottery movement, setting up the St Ives pottery, with the help of his friend Shoji Hamada, in 1920. It was Bernard's elder son David who gave stability to the pottery by introducing a range of hand-thrown standard ware. He also engaged students and apprentices who helped to produce the range. Amongst them was John, Bernard's eldest grandson who was an apprentice from 1960-1963 enabling him to continue the family tradition, making honest, hand-thrown pots in his own 16th century, thatch-roofed pottery at Muchelney in the beautiful English West Country. His range of stoneware kitchen pots using local clays has been in constant production for over 40 years.