I had the pleasure to attend Ellen McLeod’s presentation on Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Ellen is a member of the Canadian Ceramic Circle. Lucie Rie was a famous European Potter of the last century. Originally from Vienna, Austria she had to move to England and start her career all over again because of the WWII. She was making one of a kind vessels that were mostly decorative at a time where England was celebrating Bernard Leach for his traditional rural pottery with strong Asian influence.  The treatment of her surfaces were superb and her designs minimalist. It was interesting to learn more about this wonderful lady and her friendship to Bernard Leach and mostly to Hans Coper.

For more info :Essay on Lucie Rie by Sophie Heath (Archive at the Crafts Study Centre)

 

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