|freda bosgra of raw ceramics|
For Freda Bosgra it was a natural progression to turn her passion for clay into a full time career working alongside husband Aaron. Utilising Aaron's screen-printing and design skills combined with Freda's flair for ceramics, several years ago the couple launched Raw Ceramics. Initially starting out producing ceramic giftware for men, Raw Ceramics has quickly grown to include a larger range of products, including the popular 'Pot for the Lot', Dishy Dishes, old fashioned jugs and jewellery. Beautiful, handcrafted and practical, each piece is to be enjoyed and used daily. View the entire range here and have a peak at Aaron's design work here.
How would you describe yourself?
Positive, resourceful, dedicated, creative and friendly.
What was your childhood dream?
To work behind the scenes at plays and movies doing special effects, I love the process of transformation,and the different skills required to achieve results. As a kid I used to disguise myself and my friends as all sorts of characters to trick our parents...I am sure they knew it was us begging for food!
What led you down your current path?
My love for art started as a kid, growing up in my parents' store in Cairns where they sold their artwork and also local artists work. From here, I developed a fascination with drawing portraits which eventually led to working with special effects and sculpting. After a 20 year career as a make-up artist spanning across many fields including photographic shoots, weddings, feature films and special effects, the switch to ceramic art was a natural progression.
What do you love most about what you do?
I am passionate about the endless possibilities with clay, the way it challenges you, the elation of working out a solution,
the way it makes you think and pay attention to smaller details in everyday life.
Plus the opportunity for Aaron and I to work together on projects we enjoy and constantly coming up with new ideas. Creating ceramics from a humble block of clay is very rewarding.
Where do feel most inspired?
I feel inspired anywhere... I can be walking down the street and admire the pattern of beautiful wrought iron gate,wandering along the beach and see pieces of coral I can press into clay, or rummaging at an antique store. Our trips overseas also give us an energy boost of inspiration.
Who do you admire?
With pottery dating back more than 12,000 BC, there are heaps of fabulous artists to admire and be inspired by. I am constantly being awed by beautiful and clever creations. Aaron is admired for his great design skills and support. I admire the lovely and talented ceramic artists I share studio space with at Metro Arts, Pru Morrison, Toni Park, Sharon Muir and artist Christine Donaldson.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
Working with clay always has it's challenges, but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it! It's not for the faint hearted. Keeping a log book of my trials and triumphs helps take out the guess work of remembering how I achieved the result previously.
The other challenge is living in an apartment, as we are constantly filling up our lounge room with packaging, or stringing up christmas stars,packing orders, and working on new designs till the early hours. It looks like we are living in a design studio. Luckily all the clay work and screen-printing is done at the Metro Arts studio. I guess you do what it takes to do what you want.
What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
It's pretty special each time someone buys our ceramics, people have been so supportive. Recently the iconic Gun Shop Cafe in West End approached us to order 'Pots for Lot' as sugar holders to adorn their tables, plus dishy dishes and milk jugs. It's a buzz to see our products being admired and used on a daily basis in the Cafe.
What are your top creative resources?
Australian Ceramics Journal: for my ceramic fix
Spotify: for music
Instagram: for following other artisans
Pinterest: for lots of handy hints and inspiration
Kylie Jackes blog: being inspired by others making a living doing what they believe in.
What is your idea of happiness?
Being with people you love....(and dark chocolate).
New designs, new colours, new products, new stockists, more cafes and more fun and a Pop up Studio Sale at Metro Arts which is a great opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts direct from the artists.
Saturday 17th November - 10:00am to 4:00pm
cnr Norman Ave, 97 Wynnum Road, Norman Park.
This will be a great opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts direct from the artists.
When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - Emails and local magazines.
Watch- World movies.
Cook- With lots of vegies.
Listen to- Spotify.
Dream about- A house with an attached studio.
Look forward to- Everyday.