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1902 – 1995

Vase
1959
Porcelain
22 x 17 x 17 cm
Purchased in 1959 © Estate of the Artist. Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones

 

Rie is one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated studio potters, renowned for the elegance and simplicity of her work. In 1938, the Austrian-born artist fled Nazi persecution and found a studio in London.

Her modernist approach was not well received at a time when ceramics in Britain was dominated by the philosophy of Bernard Leach in St Ives. Leach’s rustic designs, linking Japanese pottery with the English tradition, remained alien to Rie, who was an urban potter.

It was with the encouragement of fellow immigrant potter Hans Coper that she evolved her strong sense of form and sensitive awareness of surface and texture.