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).
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