Lucie Rie

By Harriet Nourse
Date:
2018
Edition size:
Unique

Lucie Rie is a well-known and celebrated individual within the world of ceramics. However, although she contributed greatly to technical advances in the ceramic world which we now take full advantage of, she is often only referred to in relation to her male contemporary Hans Coper. Rie was a woman of determination who stood her ground, often rejecting advice from leading, male ceramicists such as Bernard Leach and William Staite Murray. Having coined the term “Urban Potter”, in which home and studio were united, she introduced a new style of ceramics: thin walled vessels with minimal decoration. This was a far cry from the works of Leach and Staite Murray. Her unique surfaces not only paved the way for modern ceramics, Rie was also one of the first female ceramicists to use kiln and wheel technology as a tool to achieve her end result. Rie is often cited for her deliciously delicate bowls, including extravagant flares on her bottlenecks. Inspired by Rie, this pot incorporates her characteristic design elements. The use of sgraffito lines are also synonymous with Rie’s work and here can be seen on the surface under the peeling blue. As a woman who was never afraid to stand by what she believed in, Rie could be both an alarming and delightful presence. It’s time to truly appreciate the tenacity, gumption and determination of Lucie Rie.

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