Bernard Leach Life and Work

Bernard Leach Life and Work

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Widely recognized as the father of studio pottery, Bernard Leach (1887-1979) played a pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world. Born in the East (Hong Kong) and educated in the West (England), throughout his life Leach perceived himself as a courier between the disparate cultures. His exquisite pots reflect the inspiration he drew from East and West as well as his response to the basic tenets of modernism-truth to materials, the importance of function to form, and simplicity of decoration. This outstanding biography provides for the first time a vivid and detailed account of Leach's life and its relation to his art

. Emmanuel Cooper, himself a potter of international reputation, explores Leach's working methods, the seams of his pottery, his writings and philosophy, his recognition in Japan and Britain, and his continuing legacy, bringing into sharp focus a complex man who captured in his work as a potter the "still center" that always eluded him in his tumultuous personal life.

 

Paperback 440 pages

Product Dimensions 15.5cm x 23.5cm

The Hepworth Wakefield was built in 2011 by David Chipperfield Architects to house the city’s nationally important collection of modern and contemporary British art. The Wakefield Permanent Art Collection consists of more than 5,000 works,  at the core of which is a significant group of works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore which celebrate Yorkshire’s heritage as the birthplace of modern British sculpture. Other leading British artists represented in the collection include Eileen Agar, David Bomberg, Roger Fry, Harold Gilman, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Lucie Rie and William Scott.

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