Margaret Frith

Margaret Frith's Gallery

Born 1943.

1959-60 Bolton College of Art.
1960-62 Liverpool College of Art. (Intermediate in Arts & Craft.)
1962-64 Stoke-on-Trent College of Art. (Art Teachers Diploma. A.T.D. A.T.C.Manc..)

Full member C.P.A.
Elected as C.P.A. Council Member 1997
Guest Demonstrator at the International Potters Festival, Aberystwyth 1997.

As a young art student at Bolton College of Art I was eager to work with clay. The enthusiasm and dedication of the pottery lecturer there, L.F. Matthews, gave me an insight into 'the craft of the potter' and set me on a course of learning, research and experiment from which I have never wanted to deviate.
Stoke-on-Trent School of Art under Derek Emms introduced me to working with reduction fired stoneware of the Eastern tradition. At this time I met David and together we started to lay the foundation for the establishment of our workshop which we have had now for thirty five years.
The early years of domestic production throwing were invaluable as a foundation for the work that I do now and I look back with great respect to the struggles that we overcame and the insight that was gained into the nature of clays, glazes and form. As our two boys Daniel and Gregor grew up I was able to develop my own personal work more and explored my deep attachment to reduction porcelain.
Over the last few years much effort and experimentation has gone into the development of my own porcelain body with glazes to fit this low expansion body. The qualities of translucency and lightness sought, demand that it is potted quite finely and it takes time, care and patience. It fractures easily and needs skill in handling.
The smoothness of the porcelain body makes it ideal for carving, which I do particularly on open bowls and jars. These designs are mainly floral- I draw beforehand- but I like to work directly onto the clay without copying as I achieve a greater spontaneity and flow. Every imperfection shows on a pale blue celadon carved piece and the losses can be frustratingly high.Some of my work is heavily decorative achieved with the use of coloured glazes and pigments applied over a white base glaze. I may use wax to paint the initial design or mask out areas for overglazing with poured, painted or trailed glaze. Lately I have been experimenting with copper red glazes with their elusive appeal. They require careful control during the reduction firing as they tend to burn out easily. I am using them in combination with other heavy iron glazes achieving deep shades of purples, oranges and reds all intermingled.
A piece of soft maleable clay (specialist though it may be) nurtured through all its processes, then carefully placed in the fire and coached to orange heat never ceases to amaze at the opening of the kiln. A wonderful transformation into a structure which can last for thousands of years, this is the force, which drives me on!

1971   Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. - Joint with David.
1975   Weaver Gallery, Northwich. - Group.
1979   Bees, Marple Bridge, Cheshire. - Group.
1981   Collection, Ledbury. - Joint with David.
1982   Chestnut Gallery, Bourton-on-the-Water. - Joint with David.
           Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. - Joint with David.
1983   Keramik Galerie Bowig, Hannover. - Group.
           Ceramics 7, Greenwich. - Joint with David.
1985   Krempl Galerie, Baldham, Munich, Germany. - Joint With David.
1987   Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham. 'Porcelain'. - Six potters.
1988   Goldsborough Gallery, Knaresborough. - Group.
1990   C.P.A. London. 'New Members'.
           Formakin Trust, Glasgow.'Clay in her hands'. - Touring, group.
           Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge. - Group.
           Yew Tree Gallery,Slad,Stroud. - Group.
           Ruthin Craft Centre. C.P.A. Touring - Group.
           Denbigh Library,Museum & Gallery.Wales. - Three potters.
1991   Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire. '101 Jugs'. - Group.
           Krempl Galerie. Baldham, Munich, Germany. - Joint with David.
1992   Denbigh Library, Museum & Gallery. - Three potters.
           The Round House Gallery. Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent. - Group.
1993   Rufford Craft Centre. Nottingham. Group
           Porticus, Llandrindod Wells. ‘David and Margaret’
           Milestone House Gallery, Yoxford, Suffolk. ‘David and Margaret’.
1994 & 98 Denbigh Library Museum & Arts Centre. ‘Fire and Fusion’ 4 Craftspeople
1995   Bohun Gallery. Henley on Thames. ‘David and Margaret’.
           Broughton Gallery. Biggar, Scotland. ‘David and Margaret’
1996   Flaxman Gallery. Staffordshire University. ‘Three Potters’
           Denbigh Library Museum & Arts Centre. ‘Show of Hands’ 4 Craftspeople
1997   Porticus. Llandrindod Wells. Wales. ‘New Work’
1998   Candover Gallery, Alresford. Hampshire. ‘Contemp. Porcelain’ - Group
           Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham. ‘Cool Clay’ 40th Anniversary of CPA
           Oswestry Heritage Centre, Shropshire. ‘New Work’ David and Margaret
           Avocet Gallery. Aldeburgh, Suffolk. ‘New Work’ David and Margaret

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