Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995)

tall vase with a wide top and narrow neck

Lucie Rie came to Britain as a Jewish refugee from Austria, just before the Second World War. Her family were wealthy and in Vienna she had been a successful potter. Once in London, she had to start all over again as an unknown.

She soon found a studio and set to work, achieving commercial and artistic success. Using original techniques she created pieces such as this vase in her own distinctive style. Single-minded and dedicated to her craft she continued working until the end of her life. When it was suggested that she should take it easy, she said,

"What else should I do, I am a potter."

This vase, which is not currently on display, is from the Decorative Art collection at the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Porcelain vase with spiralled decoration
  • Lucie Rie, London, 1980
  • Accession number 1980.234.1