Tuesday, October 03, 2006
AHDS Visual Arts: Lucie Rie Archive
AHDS Visual Arts and the Crafts Study Centre have just launched a new online collection, including over 600 items from the Lucie Rie Archive. Items from the archive can now be viewed and searched on the Internet with full catalogue details. This improved access to the objects is enhanced by a new illustrated Web essay which provides a guide to the Archive and an overview of Lucie Rie’s career by Sophie Heath.
The Viennese potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) came to England as an émigré in 1938 and after the war built up a successful career hand-making domestic and aesthetic ceramics. Rie’s work is widely admired for its independent and modern style and she was hugely influential for British studio pottery. The Crafts Study Centre possesses a good selection of her ceramics, but of outstanding importance is the very substantial documentary archive comprising of more than 10,000 items, including order books, correspondence, photographs, exhibition ephemera, and financial records.
The Lucie Rie essay is one of a number of learning resources available from AHDS Visual Arts, offered free of charge and copyright cleared to the UK visual arts education community.