The great American potter Warren MacKenzie
first visited Bernard Leach in St. Ives way back in 1949 and returned
the following year as an apprentice with his first wife Alix.
They stayed for 2½ years before returning to the USA to
establish their own pottery in Stillwater, Minnesota where Warren
lived the rest of his life. Warren himself took on apprentices
and the result is a thriving community of potters in the area.
Warren returned to St. Ives on a number of occasions, most recently
in 2013 when he had an
exhibition and held a masterclass at the Leach Pottery. I
planned to visit but due to illness I missed the chance and alas
it is now too late to meet Warren.
The four pots illustrated are from the Ceramike collection. The
lidded jar was made at John Reeve's Hennock Pottery in Devon in
the late 1960s and the other pots were all made at Warren's pottery