Harlequin Gallery




Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie


 Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie or "Beano" as she was known was born in Berkshire, England back in 1895 into one of the country's aristocratic families. She first became interested in pottery when she visited Roger Fry at his Omega Workshops and saw examples of his work, which resulted in her attending the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London to study pottery herself. It was in 1923 that she first met Bernard Leach at an exhibition of his work in London when she asked him if he would take her on at his pottery in St. Ives. Initially he refused but accepted her when she asked him again the following year.

She stayed at the Leach Pottery for a year where she learnt in the company of Leach, Shoji Hamada and Tsuronosuke Matsubayashi and then started her first pottery in the grounds of the family estate at Coleshill in
Berkshire, using a kiln designed by Matsubayashi. In 1946 she moved to her second pottery at Kilmington Manor in Wiltshire where she devoted her life to the study of ash glazes until her death in 1985.

The bowl below is currently available.

Stoneware deep bowl with a green ash glaze.
Height: 11.4 cm (4.5 inches)
Maximum diameter: 15.0 cm (5.9 inches)
Price: 375