One hundred years ago, Japanese potter Shoji Hamada and his great friend and collaborator Bernard Leach visited the village of Ditchling. This exhibition explores the influences and connections between Ditchling and Japan through the work of Hamada, Leach, Mairet and Frank Brangwyn, and showcases the work of contemporary potters working today.
Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach had set up a pottery together in St Ives, Cornwall with a traditional Japanese climbing kiln, the first to be built in Europe. Both men were founder members of the Mingei folk-art movement in Japan. Their visit to Ditchling, where they met members of the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic and Ethel Mairet, had a profound effect on Hamada, who felt this was a new way of combining life and craft in a seamless whole.