On taking advice (or not)

Philip with Bernard's 'Pilgrim Plate'

Last Saturday I went to the Annual Lecture of the Chandos Society of Artists, another art group I’m involved with. It was given by Philip Leach, grandson (and also a potter) of the legendary Berbard Leach the ‘father of English Studio Pottery’.From his St Ives pottery, Bernard established a tradition which now encompasses several generations and hundreds of potters worldwide.

Philip read from a letter to Bernard written to him when he was a young man growing up in Japan, after he had announced his desire to become an artist.His stepmother reacts with the declaration that his plan is ‘nothing more or less than madness!’ She exhorts him to ‘put your back into something else!’ Anything else, one feels she means.

He ignored the advice, went off to London at 16 to study art, soon became hooked on pottery, and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

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