Hamada at work
On August 24th 1920 Hamada Shoji and his friend
Bernard Leach arrived in St. Ives to establish a pottery. At this
time, St. Ives was in a period of transition with the town recognising
the importance of art and tourisnm as the traditional fishing
and mining industries declined.
The exhibition shows early work by Hamada, Leach
and Cardew together with pots that may have influenced their work
and a fascinating commentary describes the early years at the
Leach Pottery. This includes a quote from a Daily Mail article
of 1921 which says " ...do not go to St. Ives for the
parades or beach music or a continuous round of diversions ready
to hand. For thank heaven, they are not yet dreamed of in this
pleasant haven of restfulness and quaint delight"!