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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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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.