School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

David Frith

Born: 1943, UK, England, Lancashire

Ceramicist. His family moved to Prestatyn, North Wales when he was 4 years old. Initially he wanted to be a sculptor and trained at Flintshire College of Technology and Wimbledon School of Art (1961). He responded to working with clay and enrolled in industrial ceramics but after a visit to Stoke-On-Trent, became interested in hand made pottery. He went to Stoke-On-Trent College of Art to study under Derek Emms (1961-1963) with whom he shared a passion for oriental pottery and the Leach tradition. He started his first pottery in Denbigh, North Wales in 1963, and made thrown and press moulded slip trailed dishes, inspired by Buckley slipware. With his wife Margaret, he established a business in Wales, producing oxidised stoneware, employing a number of assistants. In the mid 1970s the Friths moved their home and workshop to an old millhouse now called Brookhouse Pottery. They used locally sourced clay including waste by-products from local factories to make domestic reduced stoneware, decorated with wax resist and bold glaze trailed decoration. Since the late 1990s, David Frith has concentrated on large rounded forms such as bottles and jars as well as large platters with a base celadon glaze. Throughout his career David Frith has been an active member of potters organisations including the Craft Potters Association, North Wales Potters and Clay Art, an annual festival and selling event in North Wales

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Cider Jar] C921 Ceramics

[Circular platter] C1484 Ceramics

[Ginger Jar] C920 Ceramics

[Large plate] C1485 Ceramics