Gina Freuen – Potter
My ceramic work has a focus on texture, both pressed and carved. They are created using hand building and wheel throwing techniques, and are one-of-a-kind. Most of my work is fired atmospherically with a special group fired in the Santatsugama Wood Kiln in Seabeck, Washington. The atmospheric environment of a wood fired kiln and my home wood / soda fired kiln allows the wood and soda ash, the carbon atmosphere, and the color of the clay body to control or contribute to the finished surfaces. They are fired for up to 100 hours reaching and maintaining temperatures of 2300 degrees. The loading of these kilns can take 2 days with a team of 4 to 10 potters. The kiln firing goes around the clock with shifts of potters wood stoking the kiln to maintain or build its temperature. Pictures of these kilns, the loading and firing are available on my website.
As my work has matured I have found solace and quiet pleasure in working on one piece for a longer period of time, creating more carved and pictorial surfaces. The themes continue to have botanical references but because of my caregiving responsibilities for my mother who has Alzheimer’s, I have incorporated in many of my pieces a figurative form. This figurative form is usually floating, swimming, seeking, reaching, looking for solace or trying to find its spot in space.