Spinning the Clay into Stars – Bernard Leach and the Bahá’í Faith
The life of Bernard Leach, like the marvelous pots he created, revolved around a centre – a singular point around which all of his artistic achievements found their form and from which his deep humanity grew. From his earliest years in Japan he identified the centre of life as ‘Spiritual Energy (God)’. Later he realized that the key to a harmonious and peaceful future for individuals and society was the ‘replacement of self at the centre of the circle by “The Other Power” – God’.
The act of throwing the clay is, for Leach, a metaphor for the unique soul, centered in God, allowing itself to become malleable so that God’s will may use it as a vehicle through which to operate. Bernard Leach found the answers he sought in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.