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Philip Leach

Philip Leach, Vase

Philip Leach, Vase

Philip Leach, 2 Bowls

Philip Leach, 2 Bowls

Philip Leach, Jug

Philip Leach, Vase

Philip Leach, Jug

Philip Leach, Jug

Philip Leach

Philip Leach is the son of the late Michael Leach, and grandson of Bernard Leach. He learnt pottery with his father, when he was only 14 years of age. He graduated as a teacher in Art and Design at the Newton Park Teacher Training College, before travelling to Iran where he taught at the American Community School.

Philip was also involved, over the six years in Iran, in setting up a number of pottery workshops. In 1976 he returned to England and worked with his father, and then with Clive Bowen for two and a half years.

Philip married Frannie, who then was working with Michael Leach at his workshop at Yelland near Barnstaple. Eighteen months later, they established Springfield Pottery in 1979.

His work:

He makes a rich variety of functional Earthenware pottery. The work is mainly thrown but he also produces slab plates and vases and he presses his own tiles. He decorates using a mixture of techniques and a choice of five glazes. He mixes the glazes to his own recipes, using Borax, alkaline and lead biscuit frits. Frannie works mainly on a range of standard ware, and Philip makes more individual pots.

Exhibitions include:

  • Whittox Gallery                                                             Bath
  • Dallas Guild of Craft                                                     Texas
  • St Clements Yard                                                           Winchester
  • Vincent Gallery                                                              Exeter
  • Wessex Fine Art & Ceramics                                         Wareham
  • Seirando, Lida-Shi                                                          Japan
  • Matsumoto                                                                      Japan
  • The Walker Gallery                                                        Arundel
  • Chiswick                                                                         London