Feature Ceramicist Martha Freud
“All her creations are aesthetically beautiful, of course, but even better than that is the fact every time I look at something she’s made, it improves me a little bit. It makes me think, and it raises my spirits. We definitely need more Marthas in the world, and I am eternally grateful to have this one in my life.”
The great-niece of Lucian and the great-great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, London-based Martha studied furniture and product design at Kingston University before discovering an affinity with ceramics. She says: “My work is inspired by the world around me. When I’m based in the city, my work tends to be more influenced by people, conversations, architecture. When I’m working in a more natural environment, the organic forms that surround me can be seen reflected in my work.” As fellow artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy — another champion of her work — puts it, Martha creates: “Beautiful art – beautifully honest.”
Running until 26 February 2022, Freud’s current exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to connect with her one-on-one as she builds a tile wall. She adds: “It’s a growing, collaborative project and a way of giving the people who come to the exhibition an opportunity to sit with me, and to connect over the opportunity to express ourselves creatively.”
About the champion
Author, mental health advocate and journalist Bryony Gordon began her journalistic career as an intern for the Daily Express before going on to have weekly columns for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. In 2014, she published her first of six books, the memoir The Wrong Knickers. She’s since followed it with a self-help guide for teenage readers and written extensively on her challenges with obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, alopecia and addiction.