Couple’s talents combine detail, specialty glazes and intricate detail work to build a second career out of pottery
Self-taught functional potters Gene and Beverly Freeburg from Redmond, Wash., have been making pottery for 35 years. What started as a hobby soon became their career. “Crafts were very big at the time and pottery was the most popular,” Beverly said. “It was something we could pick up and do together.”
Since Gene retired from his district-manager position for an electrical systems and service corporation, and Beverly from being a stay-at-home mom, the two spend more time devoted to their hobby. The Freeburgs only took a few classes before beginning to create brightly colored pottery, which include serving trays, vases, casseroles, mugs and bowls.
Their creations are even dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe.
At first, they gave away their clay creations to family and friends, but since the mid ’70s, they have been selling them on the craft-show circuit.
“We like to make direct contact with the customer,” Beverly said.
Both Gene and Beverly make the pottery. Beverly’s specialty is semi-sculptural work while Gene does more intricate decorating with glazes and carving.
Constantly keeping up with the latest trends, the Freeburgs enjoy playing with different shapes and designs, including stripes and dots formed by different-colored glazes.