The Hamada Leach Tradition: pottery making – C0205-19

Date: Jun 15 - 16, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Tomoo Hamada & Simon Leach

Tuition: $575
Studio Fee: $0
Registration Fee: $45


This workshop is a two-day demonstration workshop focusing on the pottery style developed in the Hamada Leach family traditions. Simon Leach’s grandfather, Bernard Leach, traveled to Japan and was responsible for creating an artistic bridge of cooperation between Eastern and Western ceramic artists. Shoji Hamada worked in the Leach Pottery, St Ives, which was started by Bernard Leach in England. Both Tomoo and Simon grew up in these significant pottery families and share their knowledge and expertise.

Media & Techniques:

Faculty demonstrate their unique family styles of creating pottery forms and show how they each incorporate tradition, into their personal artistic voices. They use stoneware clays and slips. Tomoo also demonstrates the painting of red and green enamels on top of finished pieces.


In this two-day, demonstration-only workshop, students engage Tomoo and Simon as they make their distinctive pottery forms and shapes. Day one focuses on tea bowls (chawans and yunomis), vases and large pieces. Day two emphasizes trimming and Akae (enamel) decorations.


Tomoo Hamada is the second son of Shinsaku Hamada and the grandson of Shoji Hamada. Tomoo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tama Art University in Tokyo.

Simon Leach is a full-time studio potter in Pennsylvania. He is the grandson of Bernard Leach and the son of David Leach. Simon draws on those early experiences of Japanese and Korean pottery as influences.


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