Beyond East and West: Memoirs, Portraits and Essays

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Faber & Faber, Nov 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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In our time, Bernard Leach has done for pottery what Henry Moore has done for scuplture. This... infinitely rewarding book is an account of his pilgrimage through life.' Times

Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was as renowned in Japan and the East as in Europe and America, both as an artist-craftsman and as a thinker. His interpretation of the traditions of the Orient in the making of pots - and in evolving a philosophy of life - was a lodestar for many potters in the West.

Beyond East and West, first published in 1978, is more than an autobiography. Full of sharply-etched and amusing recollections, it contains much of Leach's deeper thought and a great deal too about the practical application of his ideas. Its recurrent theme is the meeting of East and West at all levels - artistic, cultural, social, political.

 

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Contents

Title Page
EARLY YEARS 19031909
JAPAN 19091910
KENKIcHI ToMIMoTo
ExTRAcTs ERoM EARLY DIARIES 19 1119 1 2
MOUNTAINS IN SUMMER
NORTHERN CHINA 19141916
CONFUCIUS
RETURN TO ENGLAND 19201928
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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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