Janet Leach - A potter's life
01 Mar 2007
The work of Janet Leach - one of the key potters of the twentieth century - brings together a diverse range of
influences ranging from early American pottery, traditional Japanese and Korean pots and studio ceramics.
Born in the United States, she married Bernard Leach in 1956 and lived and worked in St Ives until her death in 1997.
In this, the first monograph on her work, Emmanuel Cooper traces the development of her ideas from the early, more
formal pots to the later, freely thrown bottles, many of which bear the marks and scarring of the wood fire.
Acknowledged as an inventive and spirited potter, Janet Leach was fiercely independent, with a sculptor's eye for form she developed a unique style that merged Eastern and Western influences. Although she spent most of her working life at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, Bernard Leach wrote 'Janet's pots show no direct influence from mine'. With some 200 images from her earliest pots in Japan to her latest wares, the book confirms Janet Leach's status as a gifted and original potter.
Publication Date: 1 October 2006
Publisher: Ceramic Review Publishing, 25 Foubert's Place, London W1F 7QF
Please mention www.studiopottery.co.uk when contacting the publisher.