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Steve Freer

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Kingfisher raku

Turquoise raku


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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I specialise in raku pottery and have developed techniques in putting images onto ceramic surfaces. I'm self taught after working for many years as a television documentary director and think my interest in image and storytelling comes from this.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

After working for so long in television - a technological, collaborative medium - I'm really enjoying the individual expression of making pottery. Working with clay is clearly tactile and takes endless practice to achieve results. I like the immediacy of raku where firings are faster and more direct.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Steve Freer - potter

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I'm an active member of CUP Ceramics, an open access workshop in Hereford. I've taught beginners the basics of throwing pots and run workshops looking a printing on ceramics.

I'm also a member of Take 4 an art and craft gallery in Ledbury. Here I frequently meet members of the public and explain my work and the techniques behind it.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

1980 - 1983 Portsmouth Polytechnic Fine Art
1991-1992 Bristol University Post Grad Film and Television
2018 - 2021 Hereford College of Arts Contemporary Craft MA

1985 - 1991 Chapter Arts Centre Cinema programmer
1993 - 2015 BBC Wales Arts and Music
2015 - 2022 Freelance director

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2023 - present Take 4 Artist Cooperative Ledbury
2021 - 23 Made in Ross gallery
May 2022 - Take 4 Gallery Ledbury, group show On the Wing
July 2022 - Canoed Gallery, Ledbury, group show Save the Wye
2020 - present CUP Ceramics

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Take 4 Gallery Ledbury

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