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Collection Crafts Study Centre
Correspondent Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie
Description Letter from Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie to Bernard Leach, handwritten in ink, covering six sides of three sheets of notepaper. Written from The Mill, Coleshill.
Part Of Series Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie's correspondence with Bernard Leach
Id Number Current Accession 3282
Location Creation Site Coleshill Estate, Coleshill, Wiltshire, UK
Subject Leach Archive, letter, correspondence
Measurements 17.7 x 13.5 centimetres
Material ink on paper
History One of two letters from Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie to Bernard Leach (BL). In this letter she gives straight and very full answers to technical questions on wood fuel, the burning of woods etc. for ash glazes and kiln temperatures. A propos of something Bergen must have said to BL about her 'attitude', she is blunt about the relationship between herself and BL: 'You & I have always disagreed fundamentally on almost every subject: in art & life & everything else we almost invariably like & admire diametrically opposite things. That doesn't make any difference to either of us wishing the other well, I imagine, but it does mean - now, from your own experience of me you can realise it, surely - that we are apt to imitate each other;! When I was young I rather liked scrapping, & we had some good hearty scraps at one time and another. But now I'm getting old and realize that scrapping is not good, & not really much fun anyway. And if you & I got arguing we'd certainly scrap, as we always have, shouldn't we; But that doesn't make me wish you well any the less, & probably doesn't make you me well any the less'. She goes on to praise Michael's (Cardew) show in London, Lise (Nora Braden) will visit her (i.e. Beano) after Christmas - it's a pity she cannot get her kiln going, but her other commitments are heavy. She wishes good luck to BL with his book, is concerned that he should be living in the caravan at Dartington in such cold weather. Signs 'Beano'.
Literary Source Catalogue of the Papers and Books of Bernard Leach, Volume II by Alyn Giles Jones, Crafts Study Centre, 1984-85
Rights Owner Managed by the Crafts Study Centre.
Style Period Period 1930s
Technique handwriting



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