‘I am a potter, but he was an artist.’ were the words Lucie Rie used to describe the career of Hans Coper. Following his escape from the war, and with no prior experience in ceramics, Coper found himself as an assistant to Lucie Rie. Although never formally taught by Rie, Coper discovered his own unique language in clay whilst working in her studio. Initially Coper and Rie designed pieces together, signing pieces as co-authors. Eventually the two potter’s styles diverged, with Coper’s becoming decidedly more abstract in form, as seen in the present lot. Hans Coper began many of his forms on the potter’s wheel, assembling them afterwards. The design for the present work appeared in Coper’s oeuvre around 1969, when his forms were at their most abstracted.