Freechild Studio


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Potters John Garland and Mary Paul of Freechild Studio are excited to introduce you to their unique style of ceramic art. John and Mary create individual and collaborative clay works that are colorful, artistic and often whimsical. Their earthenware pottery is alive with pattern, design and vibrant color inspired by nature and figurative forms. “Our functional pottery is dishwasher and oven safe and free of any toxic glaze chemicals.” What is our process? Our lowfire pottery is thrown or hand built, dried and bisque fired. Bisque firing makes the ware strong enough to receive glaze. The intense hues that cover our pots are the result of under glazes painstakingly applied using needlepoint bottles and lots of patience. Each original design is drawn directly onto the pot. When the design is complete, the work is fired a second time to set the underglaze colors. After this second firing, three coats of clear glaze are brushed over the color. The piece is fired a third time at a higher temperature to melt the clear glaze. The completed work is smooth, shiny and vitreous. Our technique has evolved based upon our many explorations with clay bodies, glazes and firing methods. Over the years, John and Mary have worked in a variety of ceramic styles including Majolica and high-fired stoneware. Surface decoration and color have always been a passion for John while Mary enjoys exploring the potential of hand-built forms. Their individual styles have brought them to the perfect collaboration of form and surface. John began studying pottery making in North Carolina in the mid eighties. He attended classes at Montgomery Tech, Penland School and the NC State Craft Center as well as apprenticing with several state potters. Mary, originally from Wisconsin, studied pottery making in Milwaukee at Alverno College where she focused on creating art pieces in stoneware. A workshop at Arrowmont Craft School brought Mary to the south and to John, another perfect collaboration. John Garland and Mary Paul have shown their work in North Carolina and in Wisconsin at galleries, shops and art fairs. They both agree, “We love making pots and we want our work to make you smile.”


National Arts Program, Raleigh, NC

  • 2006 Best of Show
  • 2005 First Place
  • 2004 First Place
  • 2003 Second Place

NC State Fair

  • 2005 Second Place Professional
  • 1999 Second Place Professional

Purchase Awards Greensboro, Greenville


2004 & 2005 Water Partners International Contributor

2004 & 2005 N.C. Pottery Museum Live Auction Contributor

2006 Best of Show Award, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC

2007 Award of Excellence/Best of Show August Art in The Park Blowing Rock, NC

2007 1st Place Functional (Mary Paul) Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC

2007 1st Place Non-Functional (John Garland) Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC 

2008 Best of Show (John Garland) Cape Fear Studios
Fayetteville, NC

  • Village Pottery - Seagrove, NC
  • NC Crafts - Carboro, NC
  • Blackwood Station - Carboro, NC
  • Litmus Gallery - Raleigh, NC
  • All Fired Up Pottery - Wake Forest, NC
  • Lincoln Art Pottery - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Trillium - Raleigh, NC
  • Little Art Gallery - Raleigh, NC
  • Nature Art Gallery, Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC

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One of my absolute favorite sites. We are glad there are folks out there that have this kind of vision and creativity!

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Exhibiting Member
Triangle Potters Guild
NC Pottery Museum

Our work can be found at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum Store
You can also find our work at Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC

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