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Janet Leach 1918 - 1997 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 all to the Japanese influences that she encountered while working in Japan. In her work one sees the influence of Oribe and Bizen. Janet came to England in 1956 marrying Bernard Leach and was to manage the Leach Pottery St.Ives until her death in 1997.
In my humble opinion Janet Leach was one of ten most significant potters of the 20th Century.

An obituary from the Independent by Emmanuel Cooper can be read HERE 1997.

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JANET LEACH BOTTLE VASE
A rare salt-glazed bottle vase by Janet Leach. Soon after Bernard Leach's death in 1979, Janet under took an exhibition in Japan. The exhibition was to be salt-glaze. Janet produced the work and with no kiln suitable for salt glazing approached Ian Gregory the then leading specialist salt glaze potter at the time. (Ian once told me Janet's payment for the firing was 12 bottles of whiskey)

Most of the pots from Ian's firing went to the exhibition, however a few stayed in England. I believe this to be one of those that stayed.

Impressed marks, SI & JL. Leach Pottery St.Ives and personal mark.

Size: h 24cm Ø 20cm
Ref: PS-JL-01


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