David Leach (1911 – 2005) was born in Tokyo, Japan and was the son of Bernard Leach. He began to apprentice with his father at the Leach Pottery St. Ives, Cornwall in 1930. In 1955, he set up the Lowerdown Pottery at Bovey Tracey, Devon. David Leach played a crucial part in the survival of his father’s Leach Pottery. After two years training at Stoke-on-Trent, he was responsible for modernizing the St. Ives workshop and setting it up as a production pottery for the stoneware range known as “Standard Ware”. His technical knowledge and commitment were vital to progressing the Studio Pottery tradition.
Leach established his own workshop at Lowerdown in 1956 where he developed a porcelain suitable for studio pottery. He was also involved in many aspects of education.