LUCIE RIE

I am looking for information about the figurative ceramics exhibited at the Paris Expo in 1925, the Exposition Internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, knowing that they were the height of fashion in the mid 1920s and being particularly interested in the Austrian exhibits. In Vienna, innovative ceramics were being made at the school of applied arts and the Weiner Werkstätte under the tutelage of Josef Hoffmann and Michael Powolny. Ceramics classes at the art school had a large female presence (as, incidentally, did the classes in London at the time at the Central School of Arts and Crafts) and extraordinary talents were emerging, inlcuding the figurative ceramists Susi Singer and Vally Wieselthier. Another of Powolny’s students was Lucie Rie (née Gomperz). It was surprising to find her collaborating in the making of a figure by Grete Salzer (above) that was entered in the Paris exhibition, so unlike any of Rie’s pottery made in either Vienna or London.

2 thoughts on “LUCIE RIE

  1. Marshall, it is certainly different to her normal work. Have you seen her apartment reconstructed in the Furniture Museum in Vienna? As you know it was designed by her muse Ernst Plischke, taken to London when she fled the Nazis and brought back to Vienna when she died. Plischke was my wife’s honorary grandfather when they were both in New Zealand. Plischke’s family and my wife’s family were very close friends and Plischke’s wife’s granddaughter Frances Lang produced a superb photo essay about Lucie for The Independent.

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