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Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie

For scholars of Leach and the craftsmen and women he worked with, wrote to and was in contact with, the archive is a wonderful resource of contemporary accounts. Here, for example, is the extensive but fascinating, wide-ranging correspondence between Leach and Yanagi discussing aesthetics, and the lengthy and at times plain speaking correspondence between Leach and Henry Bergen arguing furiously over the contents of A Potter's Book. These letters not only give a detailed etiology of the evolution of the text and Leach's thoughts, but also are a testament to their trust and affection. By contrast there are the more homely letters between Leach and Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, one of his first apprentices. Tucked away in letter books, in which Leach kept a duplicate copy of handwritten correspondence, are gems written to Norah Braden and a copy of the autobiographical sketch sent to Dr Ryusaburo Shikiba in 1933.



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