Lucy Rie was one of the visual creative giants working in the United Kingdom contemporaneously with Sam.
Although honoured by being made a dame in 1991, in recent years the most spectacular exhibition honouring her work was in 2009 at the Issey Miyake Foundation's 21_21 pavilion in Tokyo, the second time that the legendary Japanese fashion designer has shown Rie's work in Japan.
The design of the exhibition was sublime with the pots shown as though floating on a large pool of water. Unfortunately the catalogue was a let down including the absence of good portraits of the three artists showing in the 'U-Tsu-Wa' (Vessesl) show.
Find out more about Lucy Rie from these sites: Wallpaper, Wikipedia, Crafts Study Centre. The latter link contains a very thorough biography and some charming historical images of Lucy at work in London and playing as a youngster in Austria.
Here are Sam's pictures of Lucy and her work, taken around 1990.
The spread above is from Sam's show at the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) in 2006.