Leach porcelain Standard Ware large mug
A collaboration between the Leach Pottery and Objects of Use, this hand thrown porcelain has a slightly blue toned ying ching glaze brushed around the rim with an iron oxide cobalt mix, giving a touch of a more intense blue fading to a green-grey or almost black in places. In 1920 Bernard Leach returned from 11 years in Japan to found (with Hamada Shōji) a Pottery in St Ives. Inspired by the ideals of the Mingei folk art movement and what he had learned from Japanese potters, by the 1930s he was producing ‘Standard Ware’ - a range of ‘ethical pots’ - utilitarian and unafraid to show the traces of their making. Discontinued at his death in 1979, it has recently been revived by the newly restored pottery. The large mug measures approximately 7cm across the base by 10.5cm high - although as these are hand thrown sizes inevitably can vary a little.
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