The Easel

Lucie Rie from the Estate of Claire Frankel

The linked piece has great images of Rie’s work and this piece fills in some background. Fleeing Nazism, Rie arrived in London to find British ceramics in thrall to a sturdy, Japanese inflected style.  With her refined modernist sensibility, Rie was having none of that. Her elegant designs, vivid glazes and textured surfaces gradually overthrew the prevailing aesthetic and established a lexicon now synonymous with contemporary ceramics.