Fritsch, Elizabeth (15 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 15: Description of the development of EF’s families of forms, her move away from vases at the end of 1990’s and her show ‘Sea Pieces’ at Contemporary Applied Art. Remark on the poor reception her architectural forms have had from critics. Comments on her reluctance to sell group pieces individually. Long detailed description of the process of making a Blown Away Vase. Definition of ‘rhythm figures’. Mentions noticing a similar technique of transposing rythym figures in Agnes Martin’s paintings. EF’s favourite pots: her prototypes, Optical Cup and Saucer, Twin Spouts, Wave-Forms and Rocking Bowl. Description of the decisions made by her hands. Remarks on her instinct to create equilibrium and her passion for dense and celestial colours. Description of work put forward for the Jerwood Prize (both times), her feelings about being selected. EF’s view of the other contenders’ work, mentions her stormy relationship with Ewan Henderson.

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