Kenneth Quick was a cousin of William Marshall and joined the Leach Pottery in 1945. Considered one of their most promising apprentices, in 1955 he set up his own pottery in St.Ives, Tregenna Hill Pottery.
In 1960 he was persuaded to return to the Leach Pottery and in 1963 Bernard and Janet Leach sponsored him to travel to Japan to visit Hamada and to work with the master. A month before he was due to return to England, he was drowned in a swimming accident.
The last pieces Quick made in Japan were a set of fourteen yunomi which were left unglazed due to his death. Hamada glazed and fired them and sent them back to Quick’s mother as a mark of respect for her son’s work