Laura Freeman


Clay Spirits: I work in clay by responding to the spirit and form inherent in each piece of clay. I rarely bring an idea of a figure to the clay, but seek in the clay mass the spirit of the figure. While working I balance on the precarious edge of leaving untouched what I see in the clay and my desire to change the clay, to ‘correct’ the position, musculature, or surface. Which mark do I leave as an action of the clay spirit and which do I remove because it distracts from the form or beauty? Since I respond directly to the figure I see in the clay, I am as surprised by the variety of figures as the viewer. Please see a preview of a book on the series, at

Form and Void: Clay Spirits were originally a 100 piece celebration completed between 2009-2011, but new spirits continued to present themselves. As these spirits are formed in clay from emptiness, from stillness, a place before words, my recent intrigue has been to show the void, as well as the fullness of form. I try to allow the form to create the volume of void, just as the emptiness presses outward to define the form.

Bronze Spirits, 2003 – current: These tumbling bronze forms have been my longest running ‘series’, perhaps because it is such a long time between beginning a piece and finally seeing it cast in bronze. Each bronze is a unique cast from a figure worked in wax without a model. They are interactive – enticing the viewer to move them. Their color, texture, movement and meaning, may be altered by the viewer if they are hung or spun, turned on their base or paired. Viewers creatively change these figures in more ways than I can think up.

Drawings. I began drawing pears as an act of reverence before consumption, and they, too, have taken on a life of their own. Usually a winter artform, following the comice and bartlett pear season, they allow me to study the full richness of a simple form, and the void over which that form flows.

Studies: Honored to have studied with Mark Oxman at The American University and Magdalene Odundo at The Haystack School, as well as continuous studies from Maine to Bali.

Teaching: Many venues from pre-school through college and continuing education. Though recently retired from a fabulous K-8 school in Midcoast Maine, I look forward to continuing teaching through volunteer work.

Exhibitions: Nationally for over 30 years, including galleries, and solo and juried group exhibitions.


  • figurative sculpture
  • ceramic sculpture
  • bronze sculpture
  • drawing