|Title ID||9484||Collection ID||1367|
|Title||[Bernard Leach short films]|
|Date||[ca. 1920s]; 1966|
|Format||16mm Black & White Silent|
|Duration||19 min. 31 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Four short films on a compilation reel showing Bernard Leach at various locations including:
- St. Erth in the 1930s, 2. The Leach pottery in the 1920s, 3. A trip to Colombia in 1966 and 4. Matsue in the 1920s
The first film shows the River Hale near St. Erth flowing fast through the countryside on a rainy day. A thatched cottage is shown and a Shepherd is seen walking with his dog and flock of sheep in a washed out section of the film and very briefly a woman (Muriel Leach?) is seen on the same walk, wearing a fur coat.
The second film shows the front of the Leach Pottery - a house with a window displaying Bernard Leach's pots and a swift view of a sign reading 'The Leach Pottery'. The camera swings around catching views of a young woman with a bobbed haircut and centre parting, wearing a smock. She hides her face behind her hands, shying from the camera. She and man with a beard and glasses play with a dog. Bernard Leach is seen coming out of the house carrying pots which he displays outside. A man mixes clay slip in a barrel. Other activity takes place outside with the camera only catching the feet and legs of those involved. People leave a house but the camera angle misses their heads. Inside, clay is prepared but again largely out of view. Clay balls are lined up for throwing and the wheel head can be seen turning. A thrown jug is briefly seen being taken off the wheel.
The third film shows of a group of people walking along an airport(?) corridor, including Bernard Leach and Francine Del Pierre. The group attend a black-tie drinks party with various dignitaries.
- The fourth film shows Matsue in Japan, beginning with dark scenes of a wooded area followed by views of a man fishing with a large net from a boat on the lake. A Noborigama style climbing kiln is briefly shown before views of the countryside and trees. Various men in overcoats and hats chat with each other. A cliff with a road tunnel ends the film.
From the Leach Pottery website https://www.leachpottery.com/history:
Film 1: In 1921 "They found earthen ware clay near St. Erth"
Film 3: In 1966 "Leach went on lecture tours to Venezuela and Colombia, Honduras, USA and Japan. In Japan he was awarded Order of the Sacred Treasure 2nd Class. This was the highest honour given to a non national."
Film 4: In his book 'Beyond East and West: Memoirs, Portraits and Essays' Bernard Leach wrote "I did enjoy this quiet, almost silent, drinking of Tea, as I looked out over the long expanses of that lake watching the fishermen. On wet days with my shoji (paper door) open I could see the lonely fishermen, each with a peculiar net hinged on the stern of his anchored boat, which he raised and emptied again at intervals'.