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Beyond East and West: Memoirs, Portraits and Essays

Leach, Bernard

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ISBN 10: 0823004856 / ISBN 13: 9780823004850
Published by Watson-guptill, NY, 1978
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very Good PLUS Book and DJ, with new Mylar protection. // Blue clothbound hardcover, 320 pages, illustrated. // Book would be NEW except for a few tiny fold-overs at top corners of pages. They have all now be unfolded. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 105003

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Title: Beyond East and West: Memoirs, Portraits and...

Publisher: Watson-guptill, NY

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Clothbound Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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There can be no potter in the world whose name is more widely known and respected that that of Bernard Leach. He is as famous in Japan and the East as he is in Europe and America, not only as an artist-craftsman but also as a thinker. His interpretation of the traditions of the Orient in the making of pots - and thereby evolving a philosophy of life - has set the pace for many potters in the West. Beyond East and West is more than an autobiography. It contains much of Leach's deeper thought and much about the practical application of his ideas, reproducing, as it does, some of his most significant writings. Its recurrent theme is the meeting of East and West at all levels - artistic, cultural, social, political. Leach first went to Japan as a young man in 1909 and stayed in the East eleven years. He has returned again and again. His experiences in Japan, Korea and China are alive and immediate. There are also chapters on the successful development of the St. Ives pottery and on his other travels which have included North and South America, Australia and New Zealand as well as Europe. 'All my life I have been a courier between East and West,' he writes. This important and engrossing book, which is full of sharply-etched and amusing recollections, culminates in the expression of a profound belief in the spiritual unification of man.

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Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century pottery. Born in Hong Kong and brought up in Japan, Hong Kong and England, he trained at the London School of Art and moved to Japan in 1909, where he studied pottery techniques. In 1920 on his return to England he founded the Leach Pottery with Shoji Hamada in St Ives, Cornwall. His best-known work, A Potter's Book, was first published in 1940.

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