Dame Lucie Rie (1902-95) was one of Britain’s most eminent potters. Born Lucie Gomperz in Vienna, Austria, she arrived in Britain in 1938 escaping the horrors of fascism. By the age of 36 she had already won prizes for her ceramics at several European design fairs, including a gold medal at the Brussels International Exhibition of 1935. However on arriving in the UK she had to reestablish her career in a country that had little empathy with the pots she was making. In doing so she created an individual style of character and beauty which celebrated modernism and established the studio potter in a modern world. Through her career in the UK she enjoyed aesthetic acclaim and public recognition, from a retrospective exhibition at the Arts Council in 1967 to the award of Damehood in 1991.

Her work achieved an international reputation, culminating in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1994-95). This show was a joint exhibition, presenting Rie’s ceramics alongside those of her onetime assistant, colleague and great friend, the potter Hans Coper (1920-79).

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2011      Hagi Uragami Museum, Japan
               Paramita Museum, Japan
2010      The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
               MOA Museum of Art, Japan
               Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan
               National Art Centre, Tokyo
2006      Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, UK
2000      Espaco Cultural Dos Correios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & tour
1999      Mak Galerie, Vienna
1997      Barbican Art Gallery, London
1986      Hall of the Union of Soviet Artists, Leningrad, Russia
1981      The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK
1970      British Council Office, Amman, Jordan
1969      Galerie Bab Ruah, Rabat, Morocco
1964      Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1963      British Council Office, Cyprus

Loan Courtesy: Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts
Image © Yvonne Mayer/Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts