Leach Standard Ware bud vase
A black tenmoku glazed bud vase hand thrown at the Leach Pottery, St Ives. 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’ to defined sizes using weighed clay - 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 as they hope to carry forward into the twenty first century the traditions on which it was founded. About 11cm high, with a diameter of 9cm, and an opening of 3.5cm; although as these are hand thrown, and this is an inexact science, some variation can be expected.