Artist in Focus: LUCIE RIE

Artist in Focus: LUCIE RIE


Lucie Rie is one of the most definitive figures of 20th century pottery.  Born in Vienna in 1902, she escaped to London as a refugee and established her own studio in Albion Mews in the late 1930s.  In the decades that followed, she produced vases and bowls, delicate and steeped with elegance, defining her own visual language, which speaks of simplicity and clarity of form.

"Lucie Rie’s pots reveal an instinct for powerful concision, for the paring back of forms, textures, functions: to the essential.  Her life reveals someone who was able to get to the point."  — Edmund de Waal, 'Modern Things,' an essay within the catalogue accompanying Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery

She is the focus of an important retrospective at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery, featuring over 100 works in the first survey of her ceramics in the UK in over 20 years.  Beautiful examples of her work are also available at our gallery, and may be enjoyed within our online exhibition here.




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