Elizabeth Fritsch CBE

Born 1940, Wales

Museums and collectors across the world have been admirers of Elizabeth Fritsch’s work for decades. Her hand-built fore-shortened forms combined with rhythmic patterns are signatures that are widely-recognised and inspired by her training as a classical musician before turning to ceramics. Works are often grouped together and juxtaposed so that the rear or side of a vase balances or provides a counterpoint to a neighbour. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1971, Elizabeth is regarded as one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists.

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Working in London

1958-1964   Birmingham School of Music & Royal Academy of Music, London
1968-1971   Royal College of Art, London, MA Ceramics

Elizabeth Fritsch has work in the following public collections: 

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum, Aberdeen
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
British Council Collection
Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery, York
Crafts Council, London
Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lotherton Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
National Museum Cardiff, Wales
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
National Museums Liverpool, Merseyside
National Museums Northern Ireland, Holywood, Northern Ireland
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Norfolk
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Museum für Künst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museum für Modernes Glas, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Cobürg, Cobürg, Germany
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi, Japan
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan