CatchLight Art Gallery

Illuminating the Work of Big Bend Artists

Judy Freeman

As a potter, my passion is deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition of creating handmade vessels that are beautiful in design and functional in form.


I learned to throw on a kick wheel in 1978 while studying with Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, Tennessee; but for many years my desire to become a potter remained only a dream. I returned to ceramics when I moved to San Antonio in 2005 and enrolled in classes at Southwest School of Art. For six years, I had the privilege of studying with Dennis Smith, Diana Kersey, Ryan Takaba and many other wonderful teachers and mentors. In 2011, I moved to Alpine, Texas where I worked with Jim Bob Salazar at Sul Ross State University. In July 2012, I received my Certificate from the Southwest School of Art in Ceramics.


I love the process of making pots and I believe that mastering the fundamentals of good craftsmanship is essential to creating art. I work in Porcelain and iron-rich stoneware. Intrinsic forms in nature and the landscapes and skies of the Big Bend area inspire my surface textures and color palette. I also love carving decorative designs and exploring the play between negative and positive space on my pottery. My glaze choices are intended to echo my inspirations and enhance the texture of each pot.


My goal as an artist is to combine all the elements of form, texture and color in my pottery to evoke a pleasing visual and tactile experience while encouraging use.


Here's some of Judy's work: