A View From The Edge
Vessel 10x 32x30cm
It is a short journey by car from Higher Stennack to Higher Botallack, some twelve miles or so. These twelve miles are deep in history and geography; the ceramic journey is tightly counterpointed.
For at the one point lies the outer edge of St Ives and the Leach Pottery. It is a place of sometimes fraught fame, established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920, and the passing home to many significant studio potters who trained, held apprenticeships, started odd jobs or paid more ceremonial visits. It was, however magisterially Bernard would hold court, a place of collegiate work and common company goals. Its lineage ran back into the 17th century English slipware tradition and to the ancient ceramics of China, Korea and Japan. Leach wanted to find an aesthetic and value system Beyond East and West (the title of his last book), and he found his reference points in the serene stonewares of these countries.
Twelve miles along the coast road and we reach a very different ceramic settlement, though Jason Wason recalls that ‘I spent…
Professor Simon Olding, 2019