Fritsch, Elizabeth (12 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 12: EF’s interest in interior design. Description of EF’s home and furniture. Remarks on the convenience of living and working under the same roof. Description of EF’s chairs by David Henderson and table by Richard La Trobe Bateman. EF’s use of the table to display installations. Contrasts her bohemian style with her neighbour’s minimalism. Remarks on enjoying working alone. Description of performances at Digswell by IOU, Welfare State and Lumier and Son theatre companies. Description of living in Welwyn Garden City. Mentions protesting against the Vietnam War. Comments on the change in the prices of EF’s work as HC and Lucie Rie’s work gained in value. Remarks on her being able to make a living from ceramics. Description of EF’s pricing method, her attitude to the high prices her work fetches and the difficulty of making work paid for in advance. Description of EF’s financial arrangements with her dealers and her occasional sales direct from her studio. Description of visiting collectors in New York. EF’s annual output. Long description of a current piece of work, the time spent on it and why she considers that it is not working

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