Hans Coper Spade Form Late 1960s L33


Studio ceramics

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Lisa Sainsbury’s collection of modern pots began in the 1950s, when she and Sir Robert first purchased work by Lucie Rie.

A remarkable group of pots by Rie, as well as examples from her war-time work in button production, are the highlights of the collection.

The Sainsbury’s friendship with Rie led them to the work by Hans Coper, with Sir Robert seeing his works as ‘sculptures’. The Sainsbury Centre now holds the largest public collection of Coper ceramics, many donated by his widow after his death in 1981.

The collection also includes pieces by Rie’s and Coper’s contemporaries such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Other artists represented include; James Tower, Ewen Henderson, Claudi Casanovas, Rupert Spira, Jennifer Lee, Julian Stair, Sara Radstone, Gabrielle Koch and Ian Godfrey.

Where can I find it?

In our East End gallery, where we present a range of collection-based displays, temporary projects and artist interventions. There is a greater emphasis on thematic presentations drawn from the breadth of our collection. The significant collection of modern studio ceramics is a notable feature.

“During the 20th century Britain was at the centre of studio ceramics. We have wonderful pieces by some of the best known potters such as Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, who lived and worked in England.  Their influence on the world of studio ceramics has been immense”

In our ceramic collection