Stoneware bowl by Bernard Leach (1887-1979) A stoneware bowl, blue and brown glaze to exterior with stylized motifs to the interior on a buff ground, painted potter's initials, impressed St. Ives seal, diameter 12.3 cm. Purchase Bonham's Knightsbridge, London. Catalogue page 15, lot 64. Bernard Leach was born in Hong Kong in 1887 and studied at the Slade School of Art in London under Henry Tonks. In 1911 he discovered pottery at a raku tea party in Tokyo. After periods in Japan and China, pursuing a career as a potter, in 1920 he established the Leach pottery at St Ives, Cornwall for which he became world famous. He published the iconic manual of his chosen craft, A Potter's Book in 1940. He taught and traveled widely throughout his life, much of which was spent in Japan, where he was associated with Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi. In 1906 he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure in Japan, and was made Companion of Honor in London, in 1973. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London hosted a Retrospective Exhibition of his work in 1977. He died in 1979. Condition: Excellent, no damage or repairs. 4 3/4" diameter, 1 1/2" H.