International Decorative Art

Tree and Snail Bowl

Tree and Snail Bowl

Design Date c. 1949

Designer Bernard Leach (1887–1979, English, b. Hong Kong)

Media ceramic

Dimensions 4 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Bernard Leach is known as the “Father of British studio pottery.” He studied with Urano Shigekichi (Kenzan VI) in Tokyo and learned throwing, brushwork decoration and different firing methods. He later developed his own style based on traditional Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English slipware. In 1920 he left Japan for England with his friend and future business partner Hamada Shoji. In the town of St. Ives they launched the celebrated Leach Pottery. Many potters have trained at the famed pottery, helping shape studio pottery in Britain and the West for generations.

ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7

Markings Initialed "BL" on bottom

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2006.0017