Triptych I

“To make pottery is an adventure to me; every new work is a new beginning. Indeed I shall never cease to be a pupil” – Lucie Rie.

The first time I met Lucie Rie, she gave me a guided tour of her cottage in Albion Mews, London, where her studio was cluttered with pots at different stages of completion. Upstairs, seated at a table adorned with a delicate cluster of flowers, she poured coffee into cups of her own design and served wonderful cakes. She had a firmly utilitarian view of her work: if it had no use, it had no purpose.

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