Is it even possible to lust after an inaminate object? I am here to say, a most definite yes! The object of my affection are the ceramics of a Lucie Rie (1902-1995), who made beautiful and ethereal vessels, dishes, plates, and bowls. Her touch was light as a feather, yet her objects are strong forms and command a presence. It’s the juxtaposition of these opposites that give these pieces their timeless value, I think. An article about her in this month’s Elle Decor writes “Rie’s work blurs the line between craft and sculpture and utility and fine art.” I am not the only one – there are many who lust after this work too as Rie’s pieces are collected throughout the world. Rie may not be with us anymore, but her heavenly ceramics endure.
Jasperware cups and saucers, Wedgewood, 1963