Fritsch, Elizabeth (6 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 6: EF’s move to left wing politics. Influence on EF of David Gale’s theatre group Lumière [and son] and of David Henderson. EF’s RCA thesis on politics and reason. Mentions winning the Herbert Read Memorial Prize. Description of EF’s work while at the RCA: rhythm figures, decoration and form. Description of the relationship between EF’s work and music. EF’s views on Bridget Riley’s work. Influence of Lucie Rie and HC, HC’s teaching method. Mentions Ian Godfrey and Colin Pearson. EF’s dislike of the influence of Bernard Leach and his ‘earth bound’ pots. EF’s dislike of the process of throwing, her pleasure in the freedom of hand-building. EF’s reasons for making vessels. Long description of the dialogues within EF’s work. Description of the evolution of EF’s work. Description of a Blown Away Vase. The function of EF’s pots. Surrealism in EF’s work. EF’s mixed feelings towards Richard Slee’s work. EF’s romanticism. EF’s liking for Ken Eastman’s and Philip Eglin’s work. EF’s opinion of Walter Keeler’s work. EF’s visits to Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum.

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