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Bernard Leach

In 1920 Leach and Muriel, together with their three children, returned to England, settling at St Ives in cornwall with the help of a grant from a local philanthropist named Frances Horn, who agreed to fund him for three years. With Shoji Hamada, a Japanese potter he brought with him, he built a climbing kiln for high temperature wares, and a round updraught kiln for earthenware and raku - a technique he introduced to the West. However, the enthusiastic welcome and success that his work had received in Japan eluded him in England, and though the pots were innovatory and new, he found it virtually impossible to make a living.



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