When I visited St. Ives in September
2008 I made my usual pilgrimage to the Leach Pottery. It was good
to see the new kilns and the place had more of a feel of a working
pottery than when it opened earlier in the year. I talked to Lead
Potter Jack Doherty who told me that two young potters had recently
joined and will be starting work on what is hoped will eventually
become a new range of standard ware.
As many of you will know, the old Leach Pottery produced a range
standard ware for many years. It was way back in the late 1930s
that Bernard and David Leach started work on a range of domestic
pots for everyday use. They were made to specific sizes from measured
amounts of clay and became known as Leach Pottery Standard Ware,
the range stayed in production until Janet Leach decided to stop
production after Bernard's death in 1979. Examples of the pots
turn up regularly on Ebay and the antique and flea market circuit.
The first standard
ware catalogue was produced just after the second world
war. This was a good time for the Leach Pottery as the industrial
giants of the Potteries were unable to keep up with the
urgent demand for new pots to replace those lost during
the war. Leach pots even found their way into prestigious
shops such as Heals department store in London.
The 1952 catalogue includes
a number of new pots notably the elements of a celadon tea
set. A number of other sets made up of combinations of individual
standard ware pots were also available. These are shown
below the list of individual pots.
This catalog from the early
1970s cost 1s 6d. Much of the range remained the same.
Like many people I have built up a small collection of pieces
and I thought it would be interesting to build up an archive of
images and with the help of these catalogues, show the prices
of the pots. If you click on a catalog you will be able to see
I am hoping that some of you will be able to send in images of
Standard Ware pots that I can include in this archive.