ARTIST: DAVID LEACH

(1911- 2005)

David Leach was born in Tokyo, Japan. He had his first pottery lesson’s as a boy from Shoji Hamada. At the age of 19 he joined his father at the Leach Pottery as an apprentice.

In 1933 he worked at Dartington Hall for a year teaching and working on plans for a projected pottery there. He then studied on a Pottery Managers course at North Staffordshire Technical College, Stoke-on-Trent. In 1936, the scheme for a production pottery at Dartington Hall was shelved, David returned to St. Ives and installed an oil-fired kiln, earthenware was discontinued and standard ware was developed in stoneware.

He worked at the Leach pottery from 1930 to1955. In 1946 David formed a partnership with Bernard to run St Ives and train apprentices.  In 1955 he moved with his family to establish his own pottery at Lowerdown, Bovey Tracey, Devon, where he remained for the rest of his working life.

In 1966 he had his first one-man show at the Craft Potters Association, the following year he became its Chairman and a Gold Medallist at the Istanbul International exhibition. In 1987 he was awarded an OBE for services to ceramics. His work is in all major International Collections.