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Biography of Bernard Leach

Bernard Leach was born in Hong Kong in 1887 and studied at the Slade School of Art in London under Henry Tonks. Later he learned etching under Frank Brangwyn. In 1911 he discovered pottery at a raku tea party in Tokyo. After periods in Japan and China, pursuing a career as a potter, he established the pottery for which he became world famous as a studio potter at St Ives, Cornwall, in 1920. He published the enduring manual of his chosen craft, A Potter's Book in 1940. He taught and traveled widely throughout his life, much of which was spent in Japan, where he was associated with Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi. In 1906 he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure in Japan, and was made Companion of Honor in London, in 1973. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London hosted a Retrospective Exhibition of his work in 1977. He died in 1979.

Leach contributed his essay, "Integration", for Every Man An Artist .

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