Fritsch, Elizabeth (10 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 10: Description of the tactile nature of EF’s slip. EF’s return to Gestingthorpe, East Anglia, her financial arrangements. EF’s busy social life at Gestingthorpe. Remarks on the success of EF’s degree show and the interest shown in her by the Oxford Gallery. Mentions her shows at the Crafts Council, the British Crafts Centre and her first solo show. EF’s move to Digswell Arts Centre, Welwyn Garden City. EF’s reasons for leaving Gestingthorpe. EF’s collaboration with jazz musicians, meeting Veryan Weston [VW]. EF’s realisation that a jazz musician’s improvisational working method was similar to her way of making pots. Description of her combined studio and living space. EF’s purchase of her piano at auction. Description of EF’s working routine: working in fits and starts. Remarks on working and looking after BF. EF’s one to one relationship with her children and their good communication skills. Description of EF’s relationship with VW, her decision to have another baby, Ruby Hughes [RH] and the breakdown in their relationship. EF’s hand to mouth financial arrangements at Digswell. Mentions receiving a scholarship from the Crafts Council. BF’s relationship with RH and with his children. EF’s pleasure at being a grandmother.

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