Bernard Leach: His Miraculous Achievements

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko

poster for Bernard Leach: His Miraculous Achievements

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Bernard Leach (1887-1979), the father of British studio pottery, and Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) built the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1920, just a century ago. Leach first encountered making ceramics in Japan, where he developed deep friendships with Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji, and other leaders of the Mingei (Folk Craft) movement. Fascinated by the beauty of East Asian ceramics, Leach dedicated himself to achieving an amalgamation of their beauty and Western aesthetics. Having established the Leach Pottery as his base, he not only created his own work but also proposed the idea of Standard Ware, with his colleagues at the pottery collaborating in its production. Moreover, through his writings, he enlightened the world about the nature of the potter, enhancing the value of pottery as an art form in the West.

This exhibition will be an opportunity to consider anew how the spirit of the potter that Leach sought was realized and in what form that spirit continues to be received and handed on, 100 years later.

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from June 13, 2021 to August 22, 2021

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