Lucie Rie in the Spotlight
Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) created a breathtaking body of work. She forged her own path in the world of ceramics, exploring different techniques and effects, producing work that was experimental yet always elegant.
She grew up in Vienna before fleeing the Nazi persecution of Jewish people before the Second World War and settling in London. During the war, she turned to making ceramic buttons for the fashion industry but when it was finished, she returned to making the tableware which made her name. She experimented with sgraffito alongside her exploration of a vivid palette of glazes which she applied in a uniquely painterly fashion. Kettle's Yard is featuring over 100 works from private and public collections.
'Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery' is at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge until 25th June 2023
Lucie Rie's work is also being featured at Sotherby's 'Form: (Women) Makers' selling exhibition, alongside that of other female potters, including Frances Priest, whose exquisite 'Gathering Bowls' are showcased on The Garnered.
This show explores important debates in the world of ceramics, including the benefits of holding 'all-women' shows and the differences between craft and 'fine art'. Female makers are having an unprecedented impact in the worlds of art and craft so it is timely to see such a display of strong women artists together in one place at the centre of the international ceramics market.
'Form: (Women) Makers' is at Sotherby's Bing Gallery on New Bond Street W1A 2AA until 16th March 2023