Lucie Rie: Ceramics & Buttons

York Art Gallery

22 June 2018 – 12 May 2019

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A major new exhibition of ceramics and buttons produced by one of the most respected potters of the 20th Century.

Lucie Rie, Silver Glazed Buckle with gold details, 1944-5

Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) is world renowned for her finely thrown and beautifully decorated functional domestic ceramics. After she emigrated to the UK during the Second World War, she found her European style was very different from British pottery at the time. While staying true to her own aesthetic and trying to find her place in the British pottery world, she supported herself by producing ceramic buttons for the fashion industry.

This exhibition reveals the findings of new research into this less well known area of Lucie’s practice, displaying hundreds of her buttons alongside many examples of the domestic wares she became celebrated for. It also reveals how she spotted a gap in the market and capitalised on it, providing employment for other émigré’s from Europe in her own ‘button factory’.

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