When I was in Japan last year I became very aware of the importance of pottery in Japanese culture. We visited the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo and saw wonderful examples of the potter's art. Mummy loaned me this book when I got back from Japan, it includes an introduction by Soyetsu Yanagi. He coined the term "mingei", declared the Folk Art Movement in 1926, and established the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum in 1936.
I was interested to read Yanagi's opinion of Bernard Leach and his work in relation to Japanese culture and so I have reproduced it here.
I have never been attracted to making pots although I have always admired craft pottery. Both Mummy and DH studied pottery at college when they trained as teachers, maybe it's in my blood somewhere. I like the Buddhist quatrain that Soyetsu Yanagi chooses to end his introduction, excellent for travellers.
A Potter's Book by Bernard Leach was published in 1940 by