Celebrating one of the most significant potters of the twentieth century, this major new exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience Lucie Rie’s (1902-1995) ground-breaking practice across six decades. Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery will feature more than 100 works, considering afresh the singular nature of Rie’s achievement, from functional tableware to elegant bowls and vases decorated with sgraffito lines and expressive glazes.
Born in Vienna, Rie’s early pots from the 1920s and 30s are infused by modernist tenets of clarity and innovation, characteristics that were to inform her artistic approach throughout her working life. In 1938 she emigrated to London to escape Nazi persecution, a watershed in her life and work. As one of a small number of independent female potters working in Britain after the war, Rie was to forge her own path at odds with prevailing trends. Her remarkable body of work, exceptional in its variety, sense of purpose, elegance and experiment, continues to astonish and inspire today.