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Adventures in Pottery

Lucie Rie (1902-1995) pushed ceramics into some very interesting directions. A retrospective of her work is currently on show at Mima.

Both inventive and experimental, Lucie Rie is among the most celebrated potters of the twentieth century. She innovated techniques with different clays and glazes, sometimes combining ingredients to create glazes that bubbled or melted when fired. She was also given to using a sharp needle to create fine lines in the pot’s surface and sometimes would throw multiple balls of contrasting clay, creating flowing spirals of colour that reflected the spinning motion of the wheel. Born in Vienna, she was forced to flee Austria in 1938 to escape the Nazis. She settled in London and slowly established herself throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This exhibition brings together more than 100 of her works and offers visitors the rare chance to experience her ground-breaking practice across six decades.

Lucie Rie, until 12 February, Mima, Middlesbrough. mima.art