David Frith was born in Lancashire in 1943 and trained at Wimbledon and at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art. He established a pottery in Denbigh in the early 1960s and is still based in the town. He is well known for controlled essentially Anglo-Oriental work, with a high degree of decoration and technical finish. His liberal use of wax-resist was a particular hallmark, but his approach has freed up in recent years, with more relaxed brushwork and impressing and a range of more textured glazes and slips on bowls and platters, big jars and bottles.
Frith’s work is typical of the way in which the legacy of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada has been explored and reinterpreted by a younger generation wanting to add something individual and fresh to the the language of functional pottery, but still clearly indebted to the ceramic art of Japan.