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The Rock of St.Ives. (1982)
Bernard Leach was one of the great figures of 20th Century art, playing a crucial pioneering role in developing ceramics in Britain and around the world.
He was born in the East and educated in the West. As he trained first as an artist in London and then as a potter in Japan he became fascinated by the two cultures that seemed so different.
His continued work and experience in Japan and Korea and the establishment of the Leach Pottery in St Ives in 1920 led to the development of his reputation as a key pioneering figure in the ceramics world.
Collaborating with a young Japanese potter, Shoji Hamada, Leach built the first oriental climbing kiln in the West.
Over the course of fifty years Leach taught, wrote and trained other potters in the great art, combining Japanese and European aesthetics through his work. Today, many international links are still in existence between Leach Pottery and Japan in particular.
This programme looks at his work and his personal life and contains talks with his son David Leach, his third wife Janet and Michael Cardew his first and most famous student in St.Ives.
Narrator: Gillian Miles
Producer: David Way
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1539Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz 128Kbps
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