A low bowl of heavily textured blue “volcanic” glaze inscribed with two iron rings by Lucie Rie stamped inside the tiny foot ring LR. This is from a Japanese collection of modern pottery and comes in a kiri-wood box. It is 13 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 4 cm (2 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Lucie Rie was an Austrian-born British ceramics artist. Rie’s works, usually consisting of hand-thrown pots, bottles, and bowl forms, are noteworthy for their Modernist forms and her use of bright colors. Born on March 16, 1902 in Vienna, Austria, she studied pottery at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule, a school of arts and crafts. In 1937, she won a silver medal at the Paris International Exhibition and by the following year, Rie moved to London to flee Nazi Austria. Once settled in the British capitol, she maintained a small studio and continued to produce pottery and small clay objects, including ceramic buttons and jewelry which she sold to support herself. She was later joined by Hans Coper, a young artist who soon became a partner in her studio. She taught at the Camberwell School of Art from 1960 until 1971, and in 1991 was honored as with the title of Dame Commander (DCE). Though Rie continued her ceramic practice into her 80s, a series of strokes forced her to stop working in the final years of her life, and she died on April 1, 1995 in London, England.