Crafts Study Centre - The University Museum of Modern Crafts

Bernard Leach

Bernard Leach LA.6928; LA.1936.1

One of the greatest potters of the 20th century


The Bernard Leach Archive includes a large amount of his papers, his study collection of historic western and oriental pots, and many of his own ceramics including pots and models. They form a unique body of material recording his life and work.

A four-part catalogue (see links below) provides descriptions of the 15,000 archival items that make up this major collection. The items chart his lifelong contact with Japan, his growing status in the media as writer and advocate of the modern crafts movement and first appearances on television in the middle of the 1900s to his death in 1979. Many of the items relate to the Leach Pottery St Ives and to its significance to a generation of potters who were themselves esteemed for their contribution to the history of modern ceramics.


The Life and Work of Bernard Leach  
by Emmanuel Cooper


Pioneers and their practice: Bernard Leach
by Margot Coatts


Bernard Leach Archive Catalogue


Related links 


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