Small yellow bowl - Lucie Rie

Small yellow bowl, Lucie Rie, 1983

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Ceramics: thrown porcelain
Oxidised porcelain, American pigment glaze
H70mm x D112mm
Collection Number

Maker Details

Vienna, Austria
Place Trained
Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule, Pottery under Michael Powolny, 1922 – 1926
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The Viennese potter Lucie Rie DBE (1902-1995) came to England as an émigré in 1938 and after the war built up a successful career hand-making domestic and aesthetic ceramics. Initially unknown in British craft-pottery circles Rie’s works were famously not appreciated by leading British commentators, advising that her pots were too thin-walled and critiquing her use of stoneware glazes on earthenware. By the early 1960s however her work was widely admired for its independent and modern style. She was hugely influential for British studio pottery and enjoyed great public honours in Britain, from a retrospective exhibition at the Arts Council in 1967 to the award of her Damehood in 1991.

Rie was awarded an OBE in 1968, CBE in 1981 and a DBE in 1991.

Twelve of Rie’s works are held in the Collection and in 1992 the Crafts Council mounted an exhibition to celebrate her career and achievement.

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Joanna Foster

“It was difficult choosing which Lucie Rie work to select. Tomorrow I might have chosen something different depending on my mood and the light in my house. I was tempted to choose what I have always regarded as Lucie Rie's signature shape, her vase bottle, exemplified in some of her most iconic work first created in the late 60s, which is also in the Crafts Council Collection. However, I finally fell for her Small yellow bowl. It stole my heart with its vibrant yellow glaze and simple form and instantly lifts my spirits and reminds me what an inspiration Rie has been to successive generations of potters. I just wish I had it in front of me on my desk here in Oxfordshire!”

Joanna Foster

Joanna Foster, Chair, The Crafts Council

From the Archive

Crafts Council Accession Record Card

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