Lucie Rie is one of my favorite potters. In her 60 year career she broke barriers in ceramic art utilizing fresh surface finishes and shapes that were modern and all her own. Her graceful eye an creative technique are so moving and inspiring.
Lucie was born in 1902 and comes from a dynamic Austrian family. (Her father, Benjamin Gompers, was a medical consultant of Sigmung Freud's.) Lucie studied at the renown Vienna Kunstegerwerbeschule, an art school begun by the architects Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser.
She continued to work in Vienna and received a silver metal for her work displayed in 1937's Paris International Exhibition (the event famous for prompting Pablo Picasso's Guernica painting).
Lucie worked in the same studio in London for nearly 50 years She allowed visitors in to watch her work and was known to offer them tea and cake. Upon her death her studio was recreated in the Victoria and Albert Museum.