Falmouth-born painter whose primary occupation was gardening. After WWII he took up part-time studies in art at Redruth, and produced a record of rural life in West Cornwall in images.
'...A strong sense of community, jovial and club-like pervaded the [Leach] Pottery. Practical jokes involved buckets balanced over doorways, and endless ribbing. Nick-names were freely given, Leach gaining the name Rik, Riketty or Rickety because of the shaky state of his Martinside motor-bike. Norah BRADEN, a student from the RCA, was known as Lise, Ada MASON, another student, as 'Peter'.' (Cooper)
Ada Mason emigrated to the USA in 1927 after working with Katherine PLEYDELL-BOUVERIE at her own pottery from 1925.
Mason was an artist-sculptor from Ambleside, Westmorland who signed the Glanville letter from STISA regarding local artists' concerns over insensitive development proposals in St Ives in 1898.
A landscape painting signed with the name Mason is part of the art collection of St Michael's Hospital (SMH) at Hayle, Cornwall.
St Ives association; mentioned in Whybrow's 1921-1939 list of artists in and around St Ives.
Massey sent-in a watercolour, The Missing Boats, from Penryn to RI (1893), which suggests a local connection.
From a family of potters (thirty-nine generations), Matsubayashi was an engineer and kiln specialist. He re-designed and then rebuilt the Japanese climbing kiln at the Leach pottery during his stay there between 1922-24. At the 1924 Show Day at St Ives, he exhibited a study of a branch of Japanese medlars and two crabs at Lanham's Gallery. Later that year he collaborated with Katherine PLEYDELL-BOUVERIE on the setting-up of her kiln at Coleshill.