OUR STORY & PHILOSOPHY
FRITH Glassware is designed and created by female glassblower Catriona MacKenzie, who has been blowing glass for almost 20 years.
The inspiration for her work are the colours, tactility and sanctuary found walking in the wilds of Scotland, were she is from, and these subtly appear within her contemporary glass pieces.
All the work is handblown by Catriona in glassblowing studios in the UK, and her base is in Bristol.
Frith is an anglo-saxon word meaning peace and security. It is the ethos of FRITH Glassware to create luxurious glass pieces that are a pleasure to own and a comfort to hold.
Catriona also creates Art Glass pieces which can be viewed at www.catmackglass.com
WHERE TO FIND AND BUY FRITH Glassware:
Small releases of work is available to buy through the online shop at various points during the year. We also do seasonal exhibitions across the country with special pieces created for these events. To find out more information, and when pieces will become available online join the mailing list, or follow on Instagram for updates.
AT SELECTED GALLERIES AND SHOPS:
FRITH GLASSWARE or CatMacKGlass pieces, are available at the following:
Craft At The Bay The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 4QH. Tel: 029 2048 4611
Atelier Beside The Sea Brighton Beach, 165 Kings Road Arches BN1 1NB01273 776159
The Biscuit Factory 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 1AN. Tel: 0191 261 1103
Potters 9 Perry Road, Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, BS1 5BG. Tel: 0117 330 2445
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts 5 Bene't Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QN. Tel: 01223 361 200
Strathearn Gallery, 32 west high street, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4DL Tel: 01764 656 100
STUDIO IN BRISTOL:
By appointment at:
Studio 16, Centrespace Studios, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA
Email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Catriona R. MacKenzie
Catriona would describe herself as a maker first - a skilled Craftswoman. She finds a connecting in the process of making, and has spend 20 years honing her technique.
She studied her BA (hons) at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 2005 specialising in Hot Glass. While studying at ECA, she was chosen on merit to spend 6 months at Alfred University, NY State, USA in the Glass Department learning from very skilled makers in the US. This included spending time at Corning Glass Museum. After her degree, she attended the prestigious International Glass Centre, near Stourbridge to complete a 2 year Post-Graduate Diploma concentrating on the combining of Hot Glass and Cold Glass techniques. She graduated in to 2008 with 5 distinctions.
She has attended NORTHLANDS Glass School, Caithness, and worked with world class glassblowers - Simon Moore, Tobias Mohl and Janusz Pozniak.
Since then she has worked for glass artists, been a Glassblower and Manager of a very busy commercial glassblowing studio, trained glassblower in this environment and has taught in adult learning environments.
With her experience, and NC in Lampworking, Catriona teaches Beginner Bead-making classes from her studio in Bristol. If you are interested in a class then either email Catriona for more info or follow this link.
DISIBILITY IN THE ARTS
Catriona has suffered from chronic health conditions all her life, but suffered a physical impairment in 2010, which has led her to become a disabled glassblower and artist. Despite these difficulties it has been important to Catriona to be an advocate to Disability in the Arts and to represent that Disabled Artists ARE Artists. If you want to help support her, and other disabled artists like her, then please do recommend her work, like and follow and donate to disability charities when you have the opportunities.