Short film shot by Craig Arnold of She Creative and edited by Tim Ash of Trace Elements Media, 2017

Honor Freeman

Ceramics, Sculpture, Wall work

Honor Freeman is an Adelaide based artist whose practice reveals a careful observation of the domestic realm and the ordinariness of the everyday objects and mundane tasks that occupy our lives. Working primarily in clay, she utilises the mimetic properties of porcelain, crafting objects that belie their materiality and purpose.

Freeman completed her studies (with Honours) in 2001 at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. Following graduation, Freeman took up an Associate position and later a Tenant residency in the ceramics studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design. Her work has been curated into major exhibitions at institutions throughout Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera in 2007, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, and Adelaide’s Samstag Museum. She has undertaken international residencies at Guldagergaard, Denmark’s International Ceramic Museum and in the US at Indiana University’s School of Art & Design. In 2006 Freeman travelled to Chile to exhibit and participate in the The South Project and to continue her ongoing project 'on/off/on', installing slipcast porcelain light switches and powerpoints clandestinely in public spaces.

Freeman's work is held in numerous private collections as well as important public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, ArtBank and Washington DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts in the United States. Her works feature in the publication 101 Contemporary Australian artists, published by the National Gallery of Victoria.

In a recent body of work, Freeman ambitiously slipcast, hand carved and sanded 656 porcelain used soaps - a lifetime’s. This important work continuing her enduring interest in how we measure and mark time’s passing.



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Hfreeman spill detail
Hfreeman midden detail
Hfreeman evaporate detail
Hfreeman saturate acid%20to%20alkali detail 3
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Hfreeman next%20to%20godliness detail 2
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Solo Exhibitions

2017, Ordinary Alchemy, Sabbia Gallery, NSW
2016, Soap Score, JamFactory, Gallery Two, SA
2012, Echo: Honor Freeman & Wendy Fairclough, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2007, A small trickle, a tiny leak, Fuller Project Space, Indiana University, USA
2005, Small Sounds, Watson Place Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005, Soft Centre, Purple Space, JamFactory, Adelaide, SA

Group Exhibitions

2018, Obsessed: Compelled to Make, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, NSW
2018, Something Blue, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2018, Elevating the Everyday, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorne, Vic
2017, Guildhouse 50, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2014, Domestic Bliss, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2014, Form & Substance, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
2014, Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa, Gallery One, Jamfactory and Jamfactory at Seppeltsfield, SA
2013, Hobart City Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas
2013, Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory, Jamfactory, Adelaide, SA
2012, 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Qld
2012, Post Skangaroovian, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012, Look Closely Now, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
2011, Narrative Knot, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW
2010, Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
2010, Still, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2009, Renegade Clay, Ephemeral public art, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Sydney, NSW
2008, Narratives: Installation + Sculptural Ceramics in Australia, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008, Primavera, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide, SA
2007, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2007, Snap Freeze: Contemporary Interpretations of the Still Life, Tarrawarra Museum, Vic
2006, Crear de lo Comun lo Precioso, Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho, Santiago, Chile


2002-2003, Ceramics Studio Design Associate, Jamfactory, Adelaide, SA
2001, Bachelor of Applied Arts – Honours, SA School of Art
1998-2000, Bachelor of Applied Arts – Ceramics and Glass, SA School of Art, University of South Australia


ArtBank, NSW
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Deakin University Art Gallery, VIC
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW
Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD
University of Wollongong, NSW


2017, Recipient, Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, San Francisco, California, USA
2013, Finalist, Hobart City Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas
2012, Finalist, 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Qld
2005, Finalist, South Australian Ceramics Award, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, SA


2018, Honor Freeman, Fulvia Mantelli, Artist Profile, Issue 42, pp. 96-100
2016, The care-full craft of lifetimes, Sera Waters, Journal of Australian Ceramics, 55/2 July 2016, pp. 58-62
2013, Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 years of Jamfactory, Ed. Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne, Brian Parkes, JamFactory, SA, pp. 88-89.
2012, 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, Ed. Kelly Gellatly, National Gallery of Victoria, pp. 76-77
2012, Harmonies and Dissonances, Roy Ananda, Journal of Australian Ceramics, 51/2 July 2012, pp. 74-77
2005, Craft Unbound: Make the Common Precious, Kevin Murray, Craftsman House, Melbourne, VIC, pp.100-110


2018, Wall work (Next to Godliness II), Private Commission, Sydney, NSW
2008, Tupperware still life, Private Commission, Washington DC, USA


2018, The Guildhouse Collections Project, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2004, Guldagergaard Museum of International Ceramic Art, Skaelskor, Denmark
2007, Henry Radford Hope School of Design, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA


Evaporate, 2017, Slipcast porcelain and handbuilt stoneware, 590 x 270 x 240mm, Photographer Craig Arnold

Obsessed: Compelled to Make

08 Feb 2018

Honor Freeman has work in the exhibition 'Obsessed: Compelled to make'. Presenting the work of 14 artists from across Australia, the exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying
 us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. Touring nationally until 2021.

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