Brett Freund grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives in Minneapolis where he teaches at Northern Clay Center. Among other awards he’s been a recipient of the 2015 Jerome Ceramic Artists Project Grant and the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship Award. He received his MFA in 2011 after a residency at St. Petersburg Clay and was a fellow artist at Baltimore Clayworks.
When working I think about my own definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is what I’m after rare like a diamond, does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity? Most importantly, how can I scrutinize hierarchies without undermining the possibility of growing in my craft?" -- Brett Freund