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Bernard Leach, British, (1887–1979)
Bottle, 1956
Stoneware, glazed
8 in. x 5 in. x 3 1/2 in. (203.2 mm x 127 mm x 88.9 mm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Slab Method
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: L78.1.264


Commentary
"Leach's stoneware Bottle, 1956, utilizes a traditional Japanese form, the square, small-mouthed bottle with rim...The spontaneous, calligraphic design recalls Leach's interest in Zen Buddhism, a spiritual discipline pervasive in Japan that is reflected in traditional pottery. The Zen aesthetic reveres irregularity, asymmetry, simplicity, and austerity in design."
(Kay Koeninger, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 22)

Marks
Two stamps incised on bottom in clay; "113" on bottom in red; tape reading "264" on bottom.

Medium
Slab-formed glazed stoneware.

Object Description
Bottle with brown-gray mottled glaze; rectangular with flat sides, neck, and widening mouth. Oval foot.

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