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Jason Wason

Born: Liverpool, 1946

Jason Wason became a potter after travelling the world for eight years with the aim of exploring the cultures of the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia. To pay his way he practiced various crafts in many different places. In 1972 he set up a co-operative with a weaver, a saddler and a jeweller, based on a farm in Scotland, where they carried out their crafts and grew their own produce. This is where Jason started potting.

In 1976 he left for Cornwall and was taken on in Bernard Leach’s St Ives Pottery as assistant in the production of domestic pottery thrown on the wheel. After Bernard Leach’s death in 1979 his wife Janet closed down the production section, but Jason continued to work at the Leach Pottery with two other potters until setting up his own studio near St Just on the Penwith Peninsula in 1981.