I "discovered" him at an outdoor art festival at (I think) Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, AL. That is where I lived when I worked for five plus years in Enterprise.
The first piece I bought was a covered bean pot. I broke the lid somehow, so the piece became a beautiful vase!
Photographing this piece pre-Arm Thing, I fell in love all over again with his drippy glazes. This was the only piece he had in this greenish sage turquoise seafoam colors.
On that second year, he had none of the greenish pieces like the bean pot of the previous year. This turquoise bowl was the closest color to the color palate that I like to collect in pottery, and he had only one piece in that strong turquoise color!
The rest of his pieces were dark blue, dark green, dark brown, etc.
This bowl seems to be made from a different clay with a tight grain. It seems to me to be a porcelain clay body...different than the porcelain that I use in my sculpture.
His treatment of the glazes on the bottom of the bowl were a bit of a surprise, but if this is made from porcelain, then even in the bisque stage, the porcelain clay is impervious to water.
We've had Internet access problems off and on all week, so I have not been able to search for Greg Freeland on the Internet. I did find him in the same sentences and in the same exhibits with Susan Brown Freeman.
Why can't these potters have a website that makes them easy to find, like www.gregfreeland.com or www.susanbrownfreeman.com?
Anyway, I wrote to Susan Brown Freeman at the address on her business card from the mid 1980's. At least the letter has not come back as undeliverable. I've emailed a few other rabbit trails trying to find some of the other potters I have shared from my collection. So far, no success, but this blog has connected me with a few "lost designers and artists". I plan to share those fun connections with you in the future.
If anyone can help me find an address or email or website or phone number for Greg Freeland, please let me know.
You already know what I am going to say next! "I want to buy more of his work!"
Did you see these other blog posts about potters whose work I collect?
Tab Boren, Mantachie, MS
Susan Brown Freeman, Birmingham, AL
Darlene Clifton Keith, Mentone, AL
Fran Myers, Summerville, GA
Mississippi Mud Works, Ocean Springs, MS.
Pottery with the Mark of Zoro, bought in Enterprise, AL
Catfish Pottery by B. Boltin Crisswell, Calera, AL