Janet Leach | Stoneware Vase

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Unmistakably Janet Leach (1918-1997), this small, delicate vase really captures ones attention, thanks to its most perfect monochrome form.

Stoneware Vase with two lugs mounted at the shoulder. Unglazed black body with strong white splash around vessel and lip of vase. c.1980

Provenance: Bought from David Leach and held in a private collection since.

Measures approx H 14.5cm x W 9cm


Janet Leach was born and grew up in America. She studied pottery at Black Mountain, North Carolina, under Shoji Hamada, with whom she later travelled to Japan. Leach was the first foreign woman to study pottery in Japan. It was here that she first met Bernard Leach while Leach was on a visit to Japan in the early 50's. Janet was working with Hamada at his Mashiko pottery. Janet is the one of the few potters who worked with Bernard to retain her own true voice. Her work owes much to the Japanese influences that she encountered while working in Japan. In her work one sees the influence of the Oribe style and that of the Bizen pottery.

Janet came to England in 1956 marrying Bernard Leach and was to manage the Leach Pottery St. Ives until her death in 1997.

A major retrospective of her work was held at Tate St. Ives in 2006-2007. Work very similar to this vase is held in the ceramic collections at the Tate. 

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