Bernard Leach (1887 - 1979)
Bernard Howell Leach CBE is one of the best known British ceramists of the 20th century and was one of the leading names associated with the St. Ives School. He founded the Leach Pottery in 1920, which remains among the most respected and influential potteries in the world and is considered by many to be the birthplace of British studio pottery.
The series of lithographs available are based on classical pottery that Leach was encouraged to make by his wife and Barbara Hepworth. The series was created late in his life - it was published by Curwen in 1974 - and forms almost the sum of his lithographic output, apart from one further lithograph, “Drawing for a Pot”, produced for the Penwith Portfolio of 1973. The lithographs combine both hand-drawn and photo-processed imagery printed using zinc plate.