Elizabeth Fritsch

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Elizabeth Fritsch
Born Hughes
1940 (age 76–77)
Nationality British
Education Royal College of Art
Known for Ceramics
Notable work London
Movement Contemporary
Awards CBE
Website http://www.elizabethfritsch.com
Elected Royal College of Art
Hand-Built pot by Elizabeth Fritsch

Elizabeth Fritsch MA(RCA) CBE (born 1940) is a Welsh 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. Fritsch's work is represented in major collections and museums around the world.[4] and in Britain.[5] A major retrospective was held at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales, 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]

  • 2010: National Museum Cardiff, Wales, UK. Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch. Oct 2 2010–Jan 2 2011[11]
  • 2008: Fine Art Society - London November 11-December.[12]
  • 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, Bellerive 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


  1. Edward Lucie-Smith on Elizabeth Fritsch: Vessels from another World, Metaphysical pots Painted Stoneware, Bellew Publishing, 1993. ISBN 1-85725-098-2 ISBN 978-1-85725-098-5
  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". Archived from the original on 12 February 2005. 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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