Donald Frith

 United States

  • Date Of Birth: September 16, 1924
  • Date Of Death: January 6, 2021
  • Spouse: Barbara Tepfer
  • Occupation: Ceramic artist
  • City: Goleta
  • State: California

Donald Eugene Frith (September 16, 1924 – January 6, 2021) was an American ceramic artist and academic known for his unique style of teapots, mixing ceramics with acrylics and wood.

Frith was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 1952 until his retirement in 1989, and was the chair of the crafts department for many years. He then became a professor emeritus.

He was one of the first artists that made a three point handle teapot. An early example of the “three handle teapot” was pictured in the ceramics book A Potter’s Handbook. He specialized in production design work, with his knowledge of molds. He wrote the book Mold Making for Ceramics ISBN 0801975395. This book became the definitive reference worldwide on mold making in craft ceramics production.

He met his wife Barbara (née Tepfer) at Denver University, and they were married in 1949. They had four children and lived in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois for many years. In 1989, the couple moved to Santa Maria, California to continue creating art in retirement. Barbara, also an artist, died in 2007. They had been married for 58 years. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.