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Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – 18 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (18 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300152000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300152005
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emmanuel Cooper was a distinguished potter, writer, curator, and broadcaster. The founder and editor of Ceramic Review, he was also visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London. He was the author of, among other books, Bernard Leach (Yale University Press, 2003). Emmanuel Cooper died in January 2012, shortly after completing Lucie Rie..


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How many definitive biographies can there be that are written by an authority who actually knew the subject. Cooper knew both Lucie Rie and was a first rate practising ceramicist himself.
The great tragedy is that he died shortly after completing this wonderful book. It perfectly describes Rie's amazing progress from Hitler oppressed Austria to her perfect mews home in London which was an Aladin's cave of beautiful pots that never failed to enchant the many visitors she graciously recieved. The book is beautifully illustrated. A real treat and very sensitively written. It will be a standard work. And a must read for anyone interested in modern ceramics.
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Emmanuel Cooper was, at the time of writing this biography of one of this country's most significant, most original and also most reclusive of potter artists, already aware of his own life approaching its end. So to put the creation of this tome in context, we could say that Cooper, he an academic, writer, potter, artist, humanitarian, photographer, editor and London Potters president, was setting himself the task of writing the definitive biography of Rie, she a pioneer, an artist of the highest rank, a potter who created a school of urban or studio pottery. Thus in the realisation of his objective, we have two greats of the ceramic world coming together in just under 300 pages of text and photos.

Cooper had a secret weapon in accomplishing this monumental challenge, he had known Rie, he had visited her and watched her at work and his circle included many who were willing to help him compile a dizzying array of facts and historical events around his subject who had spent most of her life avoiding blatant publicity and often surprised even friends with her modesty and humility. He had other tricks up his sleeve too, he was a leader in glaze development and formulation, his forms were severely modernist in their aesthetic and he was a witness to the growth of awareness and excitement that Rie's work generated in the society of collectors and exhibitors, all factors that lent a special empathy to the task at hand.

The book is indeed a deep and detailed account of many aspects of Rie's life, in particular her youth in a troubled Vienna and her subsequent early years in London. Cooper has taken great pains to unearth family relations, her education, marriage to Hans Rie and the parting of the two shortly after their arrival in London.
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Excellently put together publication. One of those rare reads where you are totally immersed in the main character. Emmanuel Cooper's writing style was simply one of the absolute best of his time. Good level of quality illustrations to support a superb text.
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My dear friend wrote this wonderful book. Bless you Emmanuel.
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HASH(0x8d3a6900) out of 5 stars Plenty of Text, Not enough Pictures 11 Oct. 2013
By Old Hand - Published on Amazon.com
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An in depth study of the Master Potter Lucie Rie. Researched and footnoted in a scholarly manner. The format and the pictures of Lucie Rie's work are disappointing. After buying this book I bought Tony Birks 1987 Lucie Rie book which has a much more satisfying format (bigger, glossy paper and great photographs by Hans Coper's wife Jane Coper). As a
working potter Birk's book is much more valuable to me. Cooper's book includes Lucie's career from 1987 to her death in 1995.
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By happy potter - Published on Amazon.com
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What an incredible lady and what a great book about her, her life, her work and her times. I treasured each page. There are pictures but I longed for more!
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HASH(0x8d6f6edc) out of 5 stars Curious about Lucie Rie 26 Jun. 2014
By Dale Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been curious about Lucie Rie's life and this is an excellent book about her life journey and development as an important force in the world of pottery.
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HASH(0x8dcb9854) out of 5 stars Recommanded! 25 Mar. 2013
By Manoe Bachus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be read by everybody who is interested in ceramics.it's part of our modern art history.Very interessting.Thank you.
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HASH(0x8cfacb7c) out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 July 2014
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Good book
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