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8th March 2023

The Kettle's Yard exhibition underlines the significant role that Jewish ceramicists such as Lucie Rie and her close friend and collaborator, Hans Coper, played in transforming British studio ceramics, and in influencing successive generations of ceramic artists working today. They imported European modernist ideals that challenged the dominance of Bernard Leach and the darker, heavier, earthenware English tradition. Even when making functional pieces such as these 1950s 'squeezed' bowls, Lucie Rie's style was simple, elegant, and very fine.

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