Leach Pottery Announce Collaborative Project to Restore Documentary Film Compendium on Bernard Leach and the Mingei Movement
The Leach Pottery and Marty Gross Film Productions, Canada, announce their collaboration in the restoration and re:release of historically important films from the 1930’s to the 1970’s which profile key figures in the history of The Leach Pottery and the Japanese Mingei Movement. The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation have provided a generous £5000 donation in support of this unique project, and following this initial funding further funding has been pledged or received from The Museum of Ceramic Art New York, Ceramica Stiftung Basel, Warren and Nancy MacKenzie, scholar Dr. Paul Griffith and art collector Dr. John Driscoll. Film subjects include Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Soetsu Yanagi, Janet Leach, William Marshall and others. Bernard Leach, founder of The Leach Pottery, was an important figure in the history of contemporary ceramics and a key member of the group that founded the Mingei Movement. His writings on Japan and its ceramic traditions are central documents in the history of the Modern craft movement.