Lucie Rie's pottery. In love, actually. If I ever came close to a piece of hers, I think my heart would skip a few beats! My good friend Lise Kuhr actually 'dared' (her work sells upwards of $40 000 for a bowl) to hold a piece that was up for auction at an auction house in London. She got all dressed up, walked right in, and asked to see the bowl that was being auctioned off. Picked it up and held it. I was jealous when she told me.
Lucie Rie's work bears a style that is truly her own. When I first saw the grouping of her pots in the first photo on the blog 'an ambitious project collapsing' I knew instantly that they were hers. The beauty about someone's style being so distinct is that everyone who tries to 'copy' it can't really compete with the real deal.
That's something that I wanted to do when I started my ceramics career. I wanted to make pots that didn't leave an ounce of doubt in someone's mind that they were mine. I didn't even want someone to have to flip the piece over to check the stamp/signature out to have to confirm who made it. And that's how I measure a good pot these days- by someone's signature style that is so distinct from the firs time you lay eyes on their work.
There is one more week to vote for the Poppies Ceramics category on the Poppytalk blog. There are some really amazing other contemporary potters (with distinct signature styles) to vote for along with myself. Please vote (I'm not at all impressed with who's in the lead, hoping someone who really deserves the award will actually win it!)