Lucie Rie in the Spotlight

Two new exhibitions celebrate the ground-breaking work of Dame Lucie Rie, who changed the language of studio pottery
The Garnered - The Garnered Lucie Rie Exhibition Kettles Yard Journal
Lucie Rie, Bowl, 1977, thrown porcelain with manganese glaze and sgraffito decoration, Middlesbrough Collection. Purchased with assistance from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund. © Estate of Lucie Rie.

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

The Garnered - The Garnered Dame Lucie Rie Bowl Journal
Lucie Rie: Green Bowl

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.

The Garnered - The Garnered Frances Priest Bowl Sotherbys Journal
Frances Priest: Gathering Places, Grammar of Ornament, India II

'Form: (Women) Makers' is at Sotherby's Bing Gallery on New Bond Street W1A 2AA until 16th March 2023

About Frances Priest

The bowls that Priest has created for The Garnered are beautiful objects in their own right but Priest imagines that they might also be used as holders for keepsakes or collections of precious objects.

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