Lucie Rie review – the genius ceramicist who refused to be boxed in

The genius ceramicist Lucie Rie refused to be boxed in and her work continues to dazzle and delight in a new exhibition at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.

This exploration of the Austrian-born artist's life and work is a must-see for anyone with an interest in pottery, or indeed in design and craft generally.

Rie's iconic pieces are on display, from the famous ‘pebble pot' of 1967 onwards. These are works of great skill and subtlety, which combine the traditional techniques of pottery with modernist forms. Rie's distinctive shapes and glazes have become instantly recognisable, and they remain as fresh and vibrant today as they were when they were first created.

The exhibition also looks at Rie's life, detailing her journey from Vienna to London in 1938, where she eventually established her studio. It also explores her relationships with leading figures in the art world, such as the critic Herbert Read and her fellow potter Hans Coper.

The exhibition is an essential introduction to a remarkable artist. It provides an insight into Rie's life, her work, and her influence on the world of ceramics. As well as being a celebration of her art, it is also a reminder of the importance of challenging conventions and refusing to be boxed in.

Visitors to the exhibition will leave with a newfound appreciation for the brilliance of Lucie Rie and her refusal to be limited by conventions. It is a fitting tribute to an artist whose work continues to delight and inspire.