Lucie Rie


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Lucie Rie was born in 1902 in Vienna, where she studied at the Kunstwerbeschule under Michael Powolny from 1922 to 1926. In 1938 she moved to London, where she lived in Albion Mews. After the war she opened a pottery and button-making workshop, and was joined in 1946 by Hans Coper.

She taught at Camberwell School of Art from 1960 to 1971 and in 1969 received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art. She was awarded the OBE in 1968 and the CBE in 1981. She was created a Dame in 1991. Her earliest London exhibitions, starting in 1949, were at the Berkeley Galleries (many of them shared with Hans Coper), and from 1954 she exhibited in New York, Minneapolis, Göteborg, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Hamburg and Düsseldorf, as well as in a number of British galleries.

Retrospective exhibitions of her work were mounted by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1967 (in London, Nottingham and Bristol) and at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich and the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1981. Galerie Besson opened with an exhibition of her work in April 1988 and has continued to hold regular exhibitions ever since. Lucie Rie died in 1995, aged 93.

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Galerie Besson, Retrospective of a lifelong passion, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy


Masterpieces in Studio Pottery trom The British Council Collection, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK


Hans Coper – Lucie Rie, Galerie Besson, London, UK


Lucie Rie – Hans Coper, Galerie Besson, London, UK


Firing Imagination Ceramica Britanica:
Centro De Exposicao Do Correio, Salvador De Bahia, Brasile
Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba, Brasile
Espaco Cultural Dos Correios, Rio De Janeiro, Brasile
Centro Brasileiro Britanico, San Paolo, Brasile



My Yard, Munsterland Festival 2011, Kolvenburg, Gemany
Lucie Rie a Retrospective:
Hagi Uragami Museum, Japan
Paramita Museum, Japan


Lucie Rie a Retrospective:
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
MOA Museum of Art, Japan
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi, Japan
National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Lucie Rie, Galerie Besson, London, UK


My Yard, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
3 BY 1, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, UK

Muriel Rose and the Little Gallery, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, UK


Lucie Rie, Galerie Besson, London, UK


Lucie Rie Centenary Exhibition, Galerie Besson, London, UK


A Thing Of Beauty Officine Saffi

A thing of beauty

Rose Cabat, Hans Coper, Keiji Ito, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Kazuhito Nagasawa, Lucie Rie, Päivi Rintaniemi, Shingo Takeuchi, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Nanni Valentini, Carlo Zauli

From 22 May 2019 to 28 September 2019