Artist: Judy Freeman
My dad was in the Coast Guard when I was growing up and we got transferred around a lot. My dad had the spirit of an artist. He loved the French Impressionists and we always had prints, that he framed, around the house. As a result one of my favorites is Toulouse Lautrec. My dad was a photographer and helped me pick out my very first camera. I owe a lot of my artistic spirit to my dad. When it came time for me to pick a college to go to, art was my major. I graduated with a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. The ironic thing is that I ended up working in the corporate world for many years. Art was always the stress reliever for me. While in college I fell in love with clay. It’s always seemed to be the perfect medium, that brings in sculpting, the skills of throwing, painting and the technical aspects of firing. There’s so much to clay and the link to potters of ancient times puts me in good company. I have a few claims to fame. I was invited to appear on an HGTV show called That’s Clever back in 2007, which was a wild experience. I have three of my fish teapots as part of the world’s largest teapot collections, the Kamm Foundation Teapot Collection. Again, I’m in great company. It’s taken a long time for me to feel comfortable saying that I’m an Artist, but now I own up to it. I love to experiment with different mediums and techniques and love the hypnotic turning of the potter’s wheel. My goal for the future is to be creating in one form or another well into my 80’s and perhaps beyond.
(Judy B. Freeman Pottery)