CBS COLLECTION

Bernard Leach CBE, CH, 1887-1979 - Was regarded as the father of the British studio pottery movement. At his pottery in St Ives he trained many of the foremost potters working in Britain and abroad today. Now his pots are highly sought after.

Janet Leach 1918-1997 - Born in Texas she was the 3rd wife of Bernard Leach, they were married in 1956. She worked with Bernard at the Leach pottery and as well as making her own pots she became his business manager. Trained as a sculptor her style was very different from Bernard’s and it was very much influenced by the work of Japanese Bizen potters.

David Leach 1911-2005 - Bernard’s eldest son. He began an apprenticeship with his father at St Ives, Cornwall, in 1930 and trained as a pottery manager at the North Staffordshire Technical College, 1935-37. He subsequently managed the Leach Pottery, changing over from a wood-burning to an oil-burning kiln and modernising the workshop. In 1955 David left St Ives to set up the Lowerdown Pottery at Bovey Tracey, Devon. His work is highly regarded for it’s quality and technical expertise and sense of shape. He is also a very accomplished decorator.  


 John Leach - David’s son, he also trained at the Leach Pottery. He set up his own workshop in 1965 where he continues the family tradition at Muchelney Pottery on the edge of the ancient village of Muchelney in the heart of the Somerset Levels. His work is wood fired in a large chambered kiln that he built.