Fritsch, Elizabeth (14 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 14: Further description of EF’s flat. Comments on RH’s attendance at Tring Arts Educational School and then Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester; EF’s struggle to pay the school fees; her mixed feelings about RH being at boarding school; RH’s homesickness and her success. Mentions EF’s political dilemma about private schools. RH’s graduation from Guildhall School of Music and her current Postgraduate studies at Hochschule fur Musik, Munich. Remarks on having to concentrate on selling work while RH was at school. Mentions her 1990 show at Gallerie Besson. Mentions EF’s friendship with Ben Panting, his lively character. Story about boating on the canal. EF’s sighting of a Hindu person bathing in the Grand Union Canal. EF’s friendship with DH and Kapil Jariwala [KJ] EF’s show organised to by KJ in New York that was cancelled due to the Twin Towers disaster. EF’s friendship with Brian Chadwick and Michael Green. BF’s training as a sound Engineer and work for Rank Xerox and for the British Museum before setting up a sound studio. Description of BF’s wife, BF’s move to Scotland to work as an Arts Administer for Dumfries and Galloway. Description of EF’s grandchildren Eloise and Zhana. Remarks on positioning of her work in between art and craft. Description of the metaphysical function of her work. Remarks on her low output of work. EF’s definition of herself as a studio potter. EF’s dislike of the word ‘craft’ but her liking of the dedication needed to make pots and her irritation at the current lack of skill in fine art. Mentions her dislike of Tracey Emin’s work and her liking for Damien Hirst’s work. EF’s visits to the Royal College of Surgeons. Remarks on the loss of respect the applied arts have suffered in the arts world.

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