Elizabeth Fritsch

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Elizabeth Fritsch
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Born Hughes
1940 (age 73–74)
Nationality British
Education Royal College of Art
Known for Ceramics
Notable work(s) London
Movement Contemporary
Awards CBE
Elected Royal College of Art
Hand-Built pot by Elizabeth Fritsch

Elizabeth Fritsch MA(RCA) CBE (born 1940) is a British studio potter.[1] Her hand built painted pots are often influenced by music, painting, literature and architecture.[2] Fritsch studied harp and then piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1958 to 1964, but later took up ceramics under Hans Coper and Eduardo Paolozzi at the Royal College of Art from 1968 to 1971. In 1985, she set up a studio in east London, England.[3] Since her first show in 1972, Fritsch has had a number of solo shows. In 1996 and 2001 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics. Fritschs' work is represented in major collections and museums around the world.[4] and in Britain.[5] Recently a major retrospective was held at the National Museum Cardiff, UK, in 2010, featuring a complete range of her most significant studio pottery and recent pieces where she also considered 'the space between the second and third dimensions', a concept she first described as ‘two-and-a-half dimensions’.[6] 'Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels' also marked her 70th birthday.[7]


Museum Collections[edit]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2007 Retrospective, Bonhams, London
  • 2007 Anthony Hepworth Gallery, Bath
  • 2000 Metaphysical Vessels, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2000 Memory of Architecture, Part II, Besson Gallery, London
  • 1998 Sea Pieces, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 1995-6 Retrospective touring to Munich, Karlsruhe, Halle and Bellerive, Zurich
  • 1995 Metaphysical Pots, Bellrive Museum
  • 1994-5 Order and Chaos, Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1994 Osiris Gallery, Brussels
  • 1993-5 Vessels from Another World, Northern Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Sunderland, travelling to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Norwich, UK
  • 1992-3 Retrospective, Pilscheur Fine Art, London
  • 1991 Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1990 Cross Rhythms and Counterpoint, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1978 Leeds Galleries, Temple Newsham; travelled to Glasgow, Bristol, Gateshead, Bolton, and V&A, London
  • 1976 British Craft Centre, London
  • 1974 Waterloo Place Gallery, London
  • 1972 Bing and Grondahl, Copenhagen

Selected Group Exhibitions and Art Fairs[edit]

  • 2008 Adrian Sassoon, The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, London
  • 2008 Adrian Sassoon, TEFAF, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 2008 Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, COLLECT, V&A Museum, London
  • 2008 Adrian Sassoon, London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London
  • 2007 Adrian Sassoon, The International Art + Design Fair, New York, USA
  • 2007 Adrian Sassoon, The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, London
  • 2007 Contributor, 150 anniversary of the V&A, 150 anniversary slideshow
  • 2003-6 Contributor, various art fairs including :Collect, V&A; International Ceramics Fair, London; London Art Fair(Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon); SOFA New York and Chicago (Joanna Bird); Florida International Art Fair (Redfern Gallery)
  • 2003-4 Contributor, Saved – 100 years of the National Art Collections Fund, Hayward Gallery, London
  • 2003 Contributor, Five Artists, Frank Loyd Gallery, Los Angeles International Biennale, USA
  • 2003 Contributor, The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, part 2, Ceramic Art from an International Perspective, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
  • 2002 Contributor, Diaspora Cymreig, touring Welsh Art Centres
  • 2001 Contributor, Jerwood Prize exhibition, Crafts Council, London, touring UK
  • 2000 Contributor, Steninge International Ceramics, Sweden
  • 2000 Contributor, Keramic Bienale, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 2000 Contributor, British Ceramics DK, Keramikmuseet Gimmerhus, Denmark
  • 1999 Contributor, ‘Twenty Five Years of the Crafts Council’, V&A, London
  • 1999 Contributor, ‘British Ceramics’, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • 1999 Contributor, Memory of Architecture, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg
  • 1999 Contributor, ‘World exhibition of Ceramics’, Steningen Palace, Sweden
  • 1999 Contributor, ‘Dialogue in Clay’, Artizana Gallery, Cheshire
  • 1998 Contributor, ‘Fifty Years of Craft’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 1997 Contributor, 'The Art of Function' with Richard Smith and Richard Warholic
  • 1997 Contributor, 'The Culture of the Stripe', Munich
  • 1996 Contributor, Jerwood Prize, Crafts Council touring to Heidelberg and Munich Contributor, Das Andere Gefass, Saarlandisches Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrücken
  • 1993-6 Contributor, The Raw and the Cooked, Barbican Art Gallery, London, touring to MOMA, Oxford and Shigaraki, Japan
  • 1992 Contributor to Keramiske Veje, Den Frie Gallery, Copenhagen
  • 1987 The Stamp of Fame, Fischer Fine Art, London


  1. Edward Lucie-Smith on Elizabeth Fritsch: Vessels from another World, Metaphysical pots Painted Stoneware, Bellew Publishing, 1993. ISBN 1-85725-098-2 ISBN 19781857250985
  2. Peter Dormer and David Cripps “Elizabeth Fritsch in Studio – A view”, In Studio Series, Bellew, London, 1985. ISBN 978-0-947792-04-6
  3. Elizabeth Fritsch, pots about music. Authors: Elizabeth Fritsch, David Cripps, Leeds City Art Gallery (England), David Queensberry, Alison Britton, Ian Bennett. Publisher, Leeds Art Galleries, 1978, ASIN B0007AT9X2
  4. E. Cameron & P. Lewis, Potters on Pottery, Elizabeth Fritsch, pgs. 62-69 Evans Brothers, London 1976. ISBN 0-312-63280-0



  1. LAURA GASCOIGNE "Ahead of their time" © PROLITTERIS, ZURICH, The Spectator, SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2011
  2. The Wall Street Journal 'A New Spin on Ceramics' by Margaret Studer, 18 May 2006
  3. Moira Vincentelli “Women & Ceramics, Gendered Vessels”, Manchester University Press, 2000, pg 249. ISBN 0-7190-3840-5, ISBN 978-0-7190-3840-2
  4. Garth Clark “The Potter’s Art”, Phaidon 1995, pgs 200-01. ISBN 0-7148-3202-2, ISBN 978-0-7148-3202-9
  5. John Houston The Abstract pot forms of expression and decoration by nine artist potters, Bellew Publishing 1991.
  6. Fischer Fine Art (1986) Nine Potters Bernard Leach, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Michael Cardew, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Elizabeth Fritsch, Ewen Henderson, Elizabeth Raeburn, Claudi Casanovas’ Catalogue of an exhibition held at Fisher Fine Art, 1986. ASIN B001ON0RX2
  7. John Russell Taylor, Elizabeth Fritsch - Pots About Music 'Ceramic Review', 58 Jul/Aug 1979 pgs 30-33.
  8. J.D.H. Catleugh Recent Pots, Improvisations from Earth to Air, ‘Ceramic Review’, 44 Mar/Apr 1977 pg 7.


BBC Private Passions, Classic Arts Production, On 14 April 2001 Michael Berkeley's guest was Elizabeth Fritsch Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ceramic Points of View: 'Optical Pot', by Elizabeth Fritsch Video Podcasts[13]


  1. ^ Emmanuel Cooper, Ten Thousand Years of Pottery (British Museum Press, 2000) ISBN 0-7141-2701-9
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Fritsch Ceramics Collection". Prifysgol Aberystwyth University. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Fritsch, Elizabeth. "Biography". Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  4. ^ [[British Council]] Artist]
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Fritsch". Galerie Besson. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Between Dimensions: The representation of the object, MIMA, 25 November 2011 - 24 February 2012
  7. ^ Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch, published by the National Museum of Wales, October 2010, ISBN 978-0-7200-0611-7
  8. ^ Cardiff Elizabeth Fritsch collection at the National Museum
  9. ^ A Box Bottle ca. 1974 Stoneware Dimensions: H. 15, W. 9 inches (38.1 x 22.9 cm.)
  10. ^ V&A Collections Saxophone and Piano Duo, Pair of vases 1978 (made)Stoneware, with matt C.160-1979 Gallery location: Studio Ceramics, room 142, case 1, shelf 2
  11. ^ Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch. "What's On", National Museum Cardiff, UK, 27 Nov 2010. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  12. ^ Elizabeth Fritsch: The Fine Art Society, London, in association with Joanna Bird Pottery. Published by The Fine Art Society, in association with Joanna Bird Pottery, for the exhibition Elizabeth Fritsch, 12 to 27 November 2008, ISBN 978-0-905062-57-0
  13. ^ 'Ceramics Points of View' collaboration between The National Electronic and Video Archive of the Crafts and the V&A. Elizabeth Fritsch, 'Optical Pot', stoneware, height 311mm, width 232mm, 1980. Museum no. C.13-1981

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