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Bernard Leach

English, (1887–1979)
Bernard Howell Leach was a British studio potter and art teacher. He is regarded as the "Father of British studio pottery," and saw pottery as a holistic combination of art, philosophy, design and craft. Leach was born in Hong Kong and spent most of his formative years in Asia, only coming to England in order to receive an education, which included a stint studying etching at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1909 Leach settled in Japan, where he married, had children and apprenticed himself to a group of sixth generation Japanese potters working in the tradition of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743). In 1920, soon after meeting another renowned Japanese potter, Shoji Hamada, Leach moved with Hamada to St Ives, England where the pair established a pottery and built a traditional Japanese kiln.

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