Work from influential potters on display at museum
Bucks County Museum Resource Centre
Its matt interior is inlaid and banded with a manganese bronze pigment, and the exterior has ‘sgraffito’ (scratched) decoration in concentric rings. The bowl balances perfectly on a circular raised foot.
Its maker, Lucie Rie (1902-1995), was born in Vienna but came to England in 1938 where she set up a studio at Albion Mews, Bayswater. One of Britain’s most influential potters, she consistently produced innovatively modern and strikingly beautiful work that now fetches high prices at auction.
Rie is one of 10 potters featuring in a new exhibition at the museum in Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP. A Portrait of Studio Ceramics displays unique photographs by Ben Boswell of renowned potters in their studios alongside examples of their work from the museum’s collection. It opens on October 4 and is free.
Ben is giving an illustrated talk on November 22 – for booking details, go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/museum.
The studio ceramics collection is stored at the Museum Resource Centre in Halton, and can be viewed by appointment. Please call for details on 01296 624 519.
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