Fritsch, Elizabeth (13 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 13: Remarks on the relationship between improvised jazz and EF’s work. EF’s bohemian dress style while she was at Digswell, her quiet introverted character. EF’s enjoyment of the slow contempletative speed at which she works with clay. Short description of EF’s solo shows at the Crafts Council and at the British Crafts centre. Description of EF’s first live collaboration with music at the Crafts Centre. Mentions VW’s piano recitals. Description of EF’s first travelling show and her exhibition at the V&A. EF’s involvement with the curation of her exhibitions. Mentions EF’s solo shows organised by DQ. Description of the ‘Pots From Nowhere’ 1983 exhibition at the RCA. Remarks on the influence of Jorge Luis Borges’s story ‘Orbis Tertius’. EF’s childcare arrangements, remarks enjoying being a mother and not working for three years. Mentions her love of children’s picture books. Description of the demise of Digswell Arts Centre. EF’s move to her current home, a warehouse flat in Hackney, mentions The Foundry and Barry Flanagan. Story about receiving finical help from Michael Haynes and DQ. EF’s strong friendship with DQ. Comments on HC’s and EP’s different teaching methods, remarks on EP’s generous character. EP’s dislike of Pop Art and interest in Ethnography. Remarks on EF’s use of a dust mask and goggles and the cleanliness of clay. Description of EF’s flat.

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