Over the last three decades William Plumptre has built a reputation as one of the outstanding English potters. He works in the distinguished Anglo-Japanese tradition founded in the early twentieth century by Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach He decided to go to Japan to study pottery, and his two-year stay there was transformed when he joined the workshop of Tatsuzo Shimaoka, a former pupil of Hamada. William was the only English student to work in this workshop and one of only twelve students in total to work for the important potter, one of Japan’s Living National Treasures.

In 1987 William returned to England and set up a studio deep in the countryside of the Lake District, which he had grown to love from family holidays. From annual summer exhibitions in London and in his studio, his reputation has spread.

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South Lakeland


Pool Bank is situated between Crosthwaite on the A5074 and Witherslack on the A590. The turning for Pool Bank is signposted Cartmel from the A5074. and two miles from this junction. LA11 6SB


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