Art: Kenzan VII

One of the world's best pottery-makers turned up in Washington last week to begin a lecture and demonstration tour that will take him to 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada. He was Bernard Leach, 63, a spare, tweedy, Hong Kong-born English man who described himself as "a sort of courier between East & West." Leach was certainly well equipped to acquaint U.S. potters with oriental standards and tricks of their trade. He had studied painting in London, gone to To kyo at 21 to teach it. "I had no idea of taking up pottery," he recalls, "but in Japan I...

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