This very rare mug dates from the early period of production at the St. Ives pottery in the 1920s or early ’30s. In those years Leach was developing the designs for his later production and one can see in the body and the handle of this mug characteristics that became typical of the Standard Ware designs of the post-WWII period. It is covered with a thick, bubbly tenmoku glaze that is typical of the finish on most of the pots that Leach, Shoji Hamada and Michael Cardew produced in St.Ives at that time. What makes this mug unique is the incised inscription, in Leach’s typical calligraphic hand, that runs around the exterior below the rim. It reads: RAG CARENSA VAS which in Cornish means: FOR THE LOVE OF USE(FULNESS) - which might be a manifesto for Leach’s whole life’s work. No other Cornish inscription appears to be recorded on Leach’s pottery. Beneath the Cornish, there is an English inscription in italics: For::good::friendship:. On the base is an early St. Ives mark.
Height: 11 cm.
Condition: Bubbles in the glaze, including one at the rim that has burst; otherwise excellent.