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janet leach

updated tue 30 sep 97


Bic Wood on sat 13 sep 97

Janet Darnell Leach passed away on September 12, 1997.

Janet was born and educated in Texas, USA. During the 1940s and early
1950s Janet established herself as a sculptor working out of New York.
Near the end of this period she moved more and more into functional
pottery. After meeting Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada at a workshop, she
moved to Japan to study with Hamada and to study at Tamba. She
subsequently married Bernard Leach and moved to the Leach Pottery at St.
Ives, Cornwall, England.

At St.Ives, Janet worked with the apprentices, was involved in the
management of the pottery, and continued to produce pottery that combined
Japanese tradition, Hamada influence, Leach concepts, and Janet's own
unique view.

Janet's work is included in collections at a number of museums including
the Victoria and Albert and the Tate Gallery. Her work is also in a number
of private and corporate collections in the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, and

Janet's intuitive design ability coupled with her experience resulted in
pots that are exceptional. They have an inherent folk craft integrity that
makes them comfortable. They have the Janet Leach design touch that makes
them special. They are pots to live with.

Janet and the pots yet to be thrown and paddled and glazed and fired will
be missed.