International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day, so what better moment to shine a spotlight on three particularly talented and (we think) underrated makers!⁠

Have you heard of these pioneering craftswomen?


Elizabeth Friedlander (1903-1984) worked across a range of media from brochures and patterns to calligraphy and publishing, but she is most known as the first woman to design a typeface. ⁠
⁠We recognised this major achievement with an exhibition about the designer in 2018. Friedlander made this calligraphic anthology (pictured) for her friend – poet and printer Francis Meynell for her 60th birthday. ⁠

Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, an educator and a Roman Catholic nun based in LA during the 1960s. In 2018 we celebrated her bold work with Corita Kent: Get With The Action, a showcase of her screen-printed banners and posters that reflected the artist’s concerns about poverty, racism, and war, and her messages of peace and social justice, such as this one ‘american sampler’ (1969).⁠

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie (1895 – 1985) was a pioneer in modern English studio pottery, known for her wood-ash glazes. Her work appeared in Women’s Work (2019) and is on display in our current exhibition, Shōji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling. Pleydell-Bouverie described herself as a simple potter, “I like a pot to be a pot, a vessel with a hole in it, made for a purpose”.⁠


Elizabeth Friedlander ©️University College Cork ⁠
Corita Kent image ©️ Corita Art Center⁠
Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie ©️ Ben Boswell / Crafts Study Centre⁠

One response to “International Women’s Day”

  1. Mike Collins says:

    What a great article. Great to see the spotlight shining on this artist. Happy International Women’s Day!