Lucie Rie (1902-1995)

To make pots is an adventure to me, every new work a new beginning.  Indeed I shall never cease to be a pupil. There seems to the casual onlooker little variety in ceramic shapes and designs but to the lover of pottery there is an endless variety of the most exciting kind.  And there is nothing sensational about it, only a silent grandeur and quietness.

If one should ask me whether I believe to be a modern potter or a potter of tradition I would answer: I don't know and I don't care. Art alive is always modern, no matter how old or how young.  Art-theories have no meaning for me, beauty has.  This is all my philosophy.  I do not attempt to be original or different.  Something which to describe I am not clever enough moves me to do what I do.

Here in England where I live and work for more than twelve years I have found many friends and many people who appreciate crafts. So I feel at home.

Lucie Rie Archive (Sainsbury Center)