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Yale University Press has republished Emmanuel Cooper’s classic biography of the great Bernard Leach.

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Leach Pottery, Yale University Press have just re-issued, for the first time in paperback, Emmanuel Cooper’s biography of Bernard Leach. The book, first published in 2003, is widely thought to be the definitive record of one of the great pioneers of studio pottery.’Widely recognised as a pioneer of studio pottery, Bernard Leach (1887–1979) cultivated an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world. This outstanding biography provides a vivid, detailed account of Leach’s life and art.

'Cooper must be congratulated for writing this much-needed biography. It is a book which will become the standard reference for Leach, and appeal to a general audience as well as the specialist reader.' - Julian Stair, World of Interiors

Now available in paperback to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Leach Pottery, Emmanuel Cooper’s insightful book explores Leach’s working methods, the seams of his pottery, his writings and philosophy, his recognition in Japan and Britain and his continuing legacy, bringing into sharp focus a complex man who captured in his work as a potter the “still center” that eluded him in his tumultuous personal life.

'Bernard Leach - Life & Work' is now available to order online.


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