Born in London, Leaper was able to complete one year of art school before being called up for National Service in 1939. After the war he took up studies again at the Central School of Art, and moved to Dorset, near Swanage, where he began potting in earnest, but rather unsuccessfully. He readily admitted that he was not a great potter - but he is assessed as a remarkable colourist, which later was to make his work unusual and saleable.
Leaper came to Cornwall in 1954 and set up the Leaper, Newlyn Pottery which continued in operation until 1980. His characteristic bright colour glazes separated him distinctly from the natural shades and rustic finishes of the Bernard LEACH circle. His son Simon LEAPER, considered to be a very promising potter, followed in the ceramics line, but now no longer pots (2011).
His son, Tom LEAPER, is a conceptual artist living and working in West Cornwall.
Eric died in West Cornwall.
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