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Lear, Freida

Wilmore, KY


raku relief plaques

A native of Knott County, KY, Freida Lear has lived in Central Kentucky for the majority of her life. 


Freida became interested in pottery in 2001. She enrolled in an evening class at a local high school and soon was hooked! She has enjoyed studying with a number of instructors.


Freida enjoys the Raku process because it enables her to “play with both dirt and fire.” She enjoys the fact that with raku pottery you never know how the finished product will look. When she removes a piece from the kiln, she puts it into a metal container with a flammable material that immediately bursts into flames. She covers the container and waits for the smoke to work its magic.


The final look of the piece depends largely on the heat and the amount of oxygen in the container. Freida says that each time she takes a piece out of the container it is like opening a present. She is always excited to see how the final product looks.


Works by Freida Lear can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.