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 and Margaret Frith

Born: 1943 (both), UK

Ceramicists. David and Margaret Frith met at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art where they were trained by Derek Emms who introduced them to the oriental tradition. Together they set out to establish a pottery business in Wales, drawing on local traditions. The first few years were financially difficult, they had to hand build or press mould everything as they had no potters wheel. Eventually they acquired and restored an old Buckley wheel and produced oxidised stoneware, employing a number of assistants. They used locally sourced clay including waste by-products from local factories to make domestic reduced stoneware, decorated with wax resist and glaze trailed designs. In the mid 1970s the Friths moved their home and workshop to an old millhouse now called Brookhouse Pottery in Denbigh, North Wales and no longer employed assistants though they continued to run summer schools and workshops for students. They spent 5 weeks in Japan in 2000 at Mashiko, a pottery community where they enjoyed learning about the use of domestic ceramics in Japanese culture. For over 40 years they have lived and worked together, developing their pottery business while raising their family and restoring derelict buildings, in rural Wales

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Bottle] C1040 Ceramics

[Dish] C1038 Ceramics

[Ginger Jar] C1039 Ceramics

[Lidded Jar] C1001 Ceramics

[Plate] C1002 Ceramics

[Square Box] C1041 Ceramics