Oval button, lustred and moulded
- Object Number: STKMG:1997.C.73.13
- Simple Name: button
- Production Person: Rie, Lucie (potter)
- Production Place: London
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Summary: Oval button, lustred and moulded. Four tear drop shapes form the central motif, alternating pointing up or down. Gold lustre. 2 metal shanks glued to the reverse, 3 leaf plant stamped into metal.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:war and conflict
- Terms:Second World War
- Additional Notes: Lucie Rie (1902-1995) is regarded as one of the most influential potters of the post-war period. Rie was born in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Kunstgewerschule (School of Art and Design). She built up a strong reputation, winning prize several prizes around European design fairs. In 1938, Rie left Austria due to the worsening political situation and moved to England. Whilst she had been highly regarded in Europe, Lucie was virtually unknown in Britain. She would have to re-establish a studio and her career. Rie set up her studio in Paddington in 1939, where she remained until her death.
- Additional Notes: During the difficult year during and after the second world war Rie ran a business from her flat, employing a number of refugees, manufacturing ceramic items such as umbrella handles, mirror frames, jewellery and buttons. On of the assistants employed in this business was Hans Coper, a young man with no previous experience of ceramics. Rie returned to making pots and the two exhibited together in 1948 and Coper stayed on as a partner at the studio until 1958.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery