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Middle and Later Period >> David Leach and the Leach Pottery
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During Leach's absence in Japan, his son David, who had started work at the Pottery and soon became aware of the poor organization and ad hoc production and limited technical understanding, decided to enrol on a Pottery Manager's course at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. This was much to his father's disapproval, for he described it as 'the industrial devil'. Industrial devil or not, David wanted only technical rather than aesthetic understanding, and he returned to St Ives with radical plans for ensuring the business was viable, and the Elmhirsts agreed to fund the changes for three years.

In England Leach continued to live at Dartington with Laurie, but progress on the new scheme was slow, and in the light of David's radical changes at St Ives the intention to set up a pottery at Dartington was quietly dropped. The uncertain international situation and the outbreak of war were also contributing causes, and when David was called up in 1941 for war service Leach returned to St Ives to take charge of the Pottery. Despite the limitations of war, a team of potters worked under his direction, and with the help of conscientious objectors such as Dick Kendall and Patrick Heron, continued to produce pots.



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