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Monday, 21 March 2011

Studio Pottery

My husband and I are interested in Studio Pottery, especially items made in Cornwall where we met and married. My parents moved to Cornwall when I was young and they had a lamp which over the years became wonky and was disposed of. I searched the internet to try and find which pottery made this lamp and eventually came across Tremaen Pottery based in Newlyn, near Penzance. The website shows the exact lamp that my parents had and when it was made, around 1973.
So I then searched ebay and came across the lamp below from the Tremean Pottery, its a different style base but the pattern is very close to my parents lamp. We bought it and it looks lovely in our house which was built in the early 70's

My husband has quite a keen eye and discovered the pot below in a charity shop, he bought it for £1 after finding the mark on the bottom showed it was made by Bernard Leach one identical sold on ebay the day he bought it, for £75.....a good buy!

Bernard Leach

The Leach Pottery in St Ives is considered by many to be the birthplace of British studio pottery. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Bernard Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters across the world. His second wife was American potter Janet Leach, his son David Leach, also a potter had three sons John, Jeremy, and Simon who are all potters...quite a legacy. We have just booked a few days in the summer down in St Ives when we will visit the Leach Pottery Museum...cant wait!


Flying Blind... said...

Oh I love St Ives - Barbara Hepworth's house is fantastic.

My parents have a Troika vase, that 'smiles' at me every time we visit!

lindsey said...

haha...I bet it does, do you have your name on the bottom? Thats what my mum asked us to do with her things that we like.
We keep an eye out for Troika hoping that some charity shop doesnt know what it is!

Needled Mom said...

It is beautiful. It's really fun to find such a good deal and to have it be a piece that you are so interested in.

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a great find! This post is so interesting. I like that his children are carrying on his pottery skills.