10 Questions for Brett Freund
*PRODUCTS are at the bottom of this page
What was the impetus for becoming a ceramic artist?
Ceramics class unexpectedly appeared on my schedule one semester during my sophomore year of high school. Having no idea what it was it quickly became my favorite subject of the day and remained a constant until I graduated. There is no doubt in my mind that my teacher and that class kept me interested in school and later college.
What inspires your forms and surfaces?
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how people perceive value and have strong feelings about relating my work with my experiences. Eventually my concepts led me to formal ideas that I continue to follow. I look at everything from gemstones to architecture.
Who are your favorite artists?
Anybody who is making work with their heart and looks at what’s happening around them.
How did your current aesthetic style come to be?
I think that having an understanding of ceramic history has been important to me and trying to use materials in a way that best reflects their potential has had an on effect on the work, but I still rely on connecting that to the now. My aesthetic is a combination of the limits to my own capabilities and fragments of being a contemporary human in urban landscapes.
What is your favorite form to make?
I have an affinity for anything that has an interior and an exterior but a clear preference for objects that have an imitate scale.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Spend less time thinking about how you can be like the rest of the community and more time thinking about how you can bring your understanding of culture to it.
Do you have other creative outlets/practices?
Music is very important to me but I’m not a practicing musician. I enjoy listening to records and I’m always looking to get my hands on something that I’m unfamiliar with.
If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?
I would want to play second base for the Chicago Cubs with a killer pair of flip sunglasses.
Any favorite meal/food?
So many delicious things come to mind but sitting down with a friend for a meal is always the best.
What’s your spirit animal OR if you were an animal, what would you be?
Anything that doesn’t have to second guess its natural instincts all of the time. I’m thinking about getting a cat.