Jeremy Leach was born in 1941 in Carbis Bay near St Ives where his father, David Leach, was working at the Leach Pottery. He started potting at a very early age - around five - under his father's instruction.
Jeremy was able to further his experience at school, and some of his early pieces, made when he was still at school, are marked with his initials and 'D.S.'
He started the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1961, and around 1963, with the help of remuneration from a part-time office job with the Church, he set up Craft Pottery in church premises at St Georges Road, Borough, near the Elephant and Castle in south-east London.
In 1965 Jeremy went to the Lebanon and stayed there a year. Work from this period is marked 'SAY'. On his return to England he taught at Harrow School and at Morley College in London.
Since 1970 he has lived at Bovey Tracey in Devon, near to his mother and father, and has potted, on and off, at Lowerdown Pottery.
In his early days at Lowerdown he specialized in slipware before turning his attention to stoneware and fine porcelain. The porcelain work is characterized by fine carving and his pale green celadon glaze. He makes his own tools from simple materials, and uses both kick- and power wheels.
Since 1970 David's son Jeremy Leach has potted at Lowerdown. The pottery's gallery displays much of David's work, and the work of other fine potters - notably that of his sons Jeremy and Simon.