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Group of items

Group of items

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper, sand, plastic and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 1

The renowned studio potter, Lucie Rie (1902-95), emigrated from Austria to England before the Second World War. As a member of Vienna's Jewish community, she fled the advance of Nazism in 1938. Arriving in London, she established a pottery studio on the ground floor of her home,18 Albion Mews, Paddington. After her death in 1995, the contents of her studio were preserved and moved to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. A selection of items from one corner of Rie's studio were redisplayed in gallery 143 of the V&A in 2009 as part of the redevelopment of the ceramics galleries. The exact positioning of these items was replicated as far as possible from old photographs in order to evoke Rie's working conditions and show some of the equipment and materials she used to produce her pots and buttons.

Physical description

Sandpaper, a set square and a metal pointer.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (possibly, made)


20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Paper, sand, plastic and metal

Object history note

From the studio of the potter Lucie Rie (1902-95), formerly at her home, 18 Albion Mews, Paddington, London between 1938 and 1995. Following her death, her studio contents were preserved by her executors, and title was transferred by her beneficiaries, Mr Max and Mrs Yvonne Mayer, to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. A number of items were transferred from the Potteries Museum to this Museum for long term display in gallery 143 during redevelopment of the ceramics galleries in 2009. This group of items including sandpaper, a set square and metal pointer were from the top shelf above the large wheel in Lucie Rie's studio in London.

Descriptive line

Group of items including sandpaper, a plastic set square and a metal pointer from the top shelf above the large wheel in Lucie Rie's studio, makers unknown, used by Lucie Rie, London, to 1995. .

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Birks, Tony. Lucie Rie. London : Alphabooks, 1987. ISBN 0906670462.
Cooper, Emmanuel, ed. Lucie Rie : the life and work of Lucie Rie 1902-1995. London : Ceramic Review Publishing Ltd., 2002. ISBN 4860201221.
Coatts, Margot, ed. Lucie Rie and Hans Coper - Potters in Parallel. London : Herbert Press/Barbican Art Gallery, 1997. ISBN 0713646977.

Production Note

Present in the studio of Lucie Rie at the time of her death in 1995.


Paper; Metal; Sand; Plastic


Tools & Equipment; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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