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Post by Beege September 5th 2019, 6:47 pm

Excellent! Well spotted hercules brabazon, much appreciated.
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Post by studio-pots May 14th 2020, 2:53 pm

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Brush decorated stoneware vase.

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Post by philpot May 14th 2020, 6:52 pm

Michael Leach was the interesting one you never hear much. He was obviously highly intelligent going to Cambridge University to study Biology, and then some years teaching. He returned to the St Ives pottery in 1939, and after that spent the rest of his life making pottery.
His work always seems good to Very good indeed. But It never ever seemed to reach the GOSH WOW! heights that best of Bernard and David's work could do. The quiet one that always seems to get ignored in the Leach pottery history.
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Post by studio-pots May 14th 2020, 7:11 pm

He did teach at St. Ives School of Art during the early 1950s and one of his pupils was Robin Welch. It was through Michael that Robin worked at the Leach Pottery during his summer holidays and after graduating. Robin was specialising in sculpture until meeting Michael and spoke highly of Michael, as a teacher.

From what I am told he didn't have any great desire to make exhibition pots but just wanted to make functional wares for people to use. That is why he moved to Yelland, which is near Fremington, in 1955 when Janet arrived in St. Ives.

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Post by denbydump August 19th 2021, 10:44 am

A shallow stoneware jug.

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Post by NaomiM August 19th 2021, 7:38 pm

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Post by peterart January 1st 2022, 5:55 pm

Hi,
Is it Michael Leach pottery cup??
Thanks

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Post by philpot January 1st 2022, 6:02 pm

It is definitely the Yelland mark of Michael Leach's Pottery. However, it does not necessarily mean that it is by Michael Leach himself, as he had a number of apprentices He used an ML mark on his personal pieces, and those are fairly uncommon. Bit like the Bernard Leach Pottery itself where the St Ives mark is common.
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Post by studio-pots January 2nd 2022, 6:01 pm

philpot is correct but when Michael left the Leach Pottery around the same time as his brother, David, upon the arrival of an "American female" in St. Ives, he just wanted to make functional ware rather than exhibition pots.

Therefore almost all of the production at Yelland was small functional items. All you can say about any of these, is that it was made at Michael Leach's Yelland Pottery.

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