Lucie Rie – dame! that’s beautiful!

Where porcelain can be cold and distant, pottery is often warm and tactile, drawing the viewer to hold and experience it much as the potter did while creating it.  I think you can see this with the bowl featured today by English (though Austrian born) potter Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995). 

This delightful piece radiates … its robin egg blue glaze and the gilded rim adds presence to an otherwise rather plain studio pottery ware.  Recalling the forms and glazes of pottery from ancient China, this bowl balances perfectly on its pedestal foot.
As I’ve noted in the past, ceramics is one area where one can build a nice valuable collection without much investment.  So for those who have heeded the suggestion, keep a close eye on this Dame.  She is one with a good track record!
image credits: © Rago. Lot 528, Dame Lucie Rie, Glazed porcelain coupe.  Estimate $3,500-4,500. Sold in the 20th Century Design Auction, 25 February 2012.
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