Freya Bramble Carter
Freya is a London-born maker and ceramics artist who thrives in a working studio, a space she shares with her father, master potter Chris Bramble. Having learnt her craft from her father, Freya creates work inspired by the balance found in nature. Her connection to the clay as a meditative material results in pieces that create a feeling of zen in the home, radiating a peaceful energy in interior and exterior spaces.
From an early age I had lots of creative influences in my life: my mum worked in theatre design and I would spend weekends pugging clay or making teapots in my dad's ceramics studio. After a few years at boarding school in Somerset, I attended The BRIT School where I studied Visual Art and Design and then undertook a degree in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art. It was a very conceptual course and although I did spend time in the ceramics studio, I mostly made performance-based work. After university, I decided to take some time out and began to reflect on the different materials I had worked with in my creative practice up until that point. Clay was the only thing that felt enough for me; it was fun, tactile, made me happy and just seemed to be my language. In life you have to follow what feels best in the present moment, so I decided to ask my dad if I could help out at his studio and began to teach children how to make pottery. After boarding school, it was important to me to be around my family. I wanted to help my dad with the more time-consuming and physically challenging aspects of running a ceramics studio. From there it just grew, and I began to develop my own work alongside his, learning to communicate through my craft. While we do enjoy collaborating, as you will see from this piece, my dad and I have our own individual practices and our work contains different energies. His work is very spiritual, calm and has a peaceful presence, whereas I think my work is slightly wilder. Up until now I have been using mainly neutral tones, but as I move forward I may try to be bolder and produce some brightly coloured series. I want to create work that is uplifting, fun and a celebration of life.