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Thursday, May 30


Saxophone and piano duo, 1978
Hand-built, painted with matt coloured slips
Victoria Albert Museum

Elizabeth Fritsch (b 1940) is a British ceramic artist, celebrated for her precise and often mind bending hand-built objects.  After studying harp and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, it is little wonder that the influence of music resonates through her practice as a potter, apparent in repeating patterns evoking tempo and rhythm.  Fritsch describes her objects as "inhabiting the shadowy space halfway between two and three dimensions". She effects this phenomenon by flattening surfaces using matt coloured slips and distorting perspective with line and shade.  

These two vessels caught my eye at the V&A Museum.  I realize we post quite frequently about our discoveries from this collection, but there is just so much to engage with and study.  In the past, I would breeze by the contemporary portion of the ceramics 6th floor corridor to get to what I had once valued more.  On my most recent visit in November I made sure to spend some serious time with the contemporary collection, seeing here artists laying more value in expression over traditional methods and functionality. Fritsch's work stood out amongst other lauded ceramic artists.

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