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David Leach Lowerdown Pottery Jar


Reference: 03170

Description: A stunning piece of studio pottery by David Leach (1911 - 2005) at Lowerdown Pottery. The Jar has a bamboo handle and would originally have had a a lid, however the lack of a lid does not detract from the pottery and the unique wave decoration. Impressed mark on base.

Dimensions: H: 15cm (6")

Additional Information: David Leach, the eldest of Bernard Leach's five children, was born in Tokyo in 1911, and was first taught to pot not by his father Bernard but by Shoji Hamada. He studied at North Staffs Technical College and in 1930 joined the Leach Pottery where he stayed, on and off, for twenty-five years and played a significant role in it's development. In 1953 he headed the ceramics department of Loughborough College. He started the Aylesford Pottery in 1954, handing it over a year later to Colin Pearson. After the handover of Aylesford Pottery, he moved to Bovey Tracey in Devon and set up Lowerdown Pottery, where, for the first five years, he returned to earthenware production. David then made domestic and individual pots, in both stoneware and porcelain, from the 1960s onwards. Ever productive, David continued working at Lowerdown into his 90s: his journey is aptly described as "a true exploration and celebration of the craftsman's way of life", both for the integrity of the making, his involvement in the wider concerns of potters and his determination to evolve his own voice within a tradition shaped by his father. His three sons, John, Jeremy and Simon, all trained with David at Lowerdown Pottery and continue potting today. David was appointed OBE for his work as a potter, and contribution to the wider understanding of the craft, in 1987.

Price: £90

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