Made by Bernard Leach (1887-1979)
England, St Ives
Stoneware, with tenmoku glaze and incised decoration
Museum no. Circ.115-1958
Bernard Leach's ideas shaped the development of studio pottery in the 20th century. After encountering ceramics in Japan, he established the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall in 1920.
This vase recalls the wares of Song dynasty China (960-1279) that Leach admired. By the time it was made in the late 1950s, making pottery by hand had moved from being a rarefied activity to a widespread movement, partly under Leach's influence.