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Wheel-thrown stoneware with tenmoku glaze

Stamped on reverse with maker's mark & Leach Pottery stamp

H. 8 x w. 20 cm



About the Tenmoku glaze

Tenmoku takes its name from the Japanese word for the Tianmu Mountain (天目Mandarin: tiān mù; Japanese: ten moku; English: Heaven's Eye) temple in China where iron-glazed bowls were used for tea. Made of feldspar, limestone, and iron oxide, it has a distinctive dark, mottled colour that lightens to a reddish brown, depending on application and firing.



About the Maker

Roelof Uys is lead potter at the Leach Pottery, St Ives. He studied Fine Art at East London Technical College, South Africa and founded his first ceramics studio in Limpopo Province in 1992, where he collaborated with potter Solomon Matatoko. He went on to work in Knysna as a Resident Potter at Bitou Crafts, founded by Clementina van der Walt, before starting his own production pottery in Cape Town, where he also served on the Committee of the Western Cape Potters Association.


After leaving South Africa in 1998, Roelof worked for David Small at Four Seasons Pottery in North London before moving to St Ives in autumn 1999 where he worked as a Studio Potter at the Goalyard Studios founded by Leach apprentice John Bedding.


He took up his role as Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery in 2013:

‘It was a great honour to be offered the roll of Lead Potter here at the Leach. I hope to continue working in a tradition that has influenced and inspired so many artists from all over the world. I am always mindful that I stand on the shoulders of giants.’



About the Leach Pottery

Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery, St Ives, is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world. Funded by the Guild of Handicraft and founded on teachings from Japan, Leach and Hamada wanted to challenge the homogeneity of British mass production and position ceramic practice as an equal to the fine arts. Not only did the potters construct the first Japanese-style climbing kiln in the West, their subsequent influence on studio pottery and the philosophy of ceramics became internationally renowned. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of Studio Pottery in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices, from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train,  maintaining the Pottery's creative principle of East/West exchange. Today, the Leach Pottery Studio, Museum and Gallery continue developing Bernard Leach's historic legacy.



Delivery Options

Delivery to Mainland UK within 3-5 working days.

International delivery available, delivered in 7-10 working days.



14 Day Guarantee

If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, we offer a full refund for any returns within 14 days from purchase.

Pouring Bowl, Tenmoku | By Roelof Uys

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