Fregeau, Ingrid

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Bringing the poetry of the unique plants and culture of Hawai’i island with her hand-thrown ceramic pieces, Ingrid Fregeau is a ceramic sculptor and potter who moved to Hawaii in 1998 from Quebec, Canada.  She has worked with clay for more than twenty years, primarily as a hand-building figurative sculptor firing her ceramic portraits with colorful glazes and gold luster often depicting artists as figures of art. She has recently returned to her first love for direct carving, this time in Colorado marble rather than steatite.

Growing up amongst artists where she was considered to be an “enfant de la balle” as she was raised by professional artists, Fregeau received an M.ED from the University of Laval, Quebec, Canada, and a BA in French literature from the University of Montreal. Her work has been shown in many juried exhibitions on Hawai’i, Maui, and Oahu.  She received an award for “Best Emerging Artist” in 2015 from Hawai’i Crafstman in their statewide annual exhibition.  Her studio is located in Hilo and her ceramics are fired using 100% solar energy. In addition, she teaches Art and French language classes at a public high school in Hilo.

“The Lehua and Hapu’u porcelain series present hand-thrown, unique, high-fired porcelain pieces with both the poetry of Volcano legendary plants and a blend of our island’s many cultural influences.  The ringing porcelain reminds us of China, and the designs belong to our beautiful Hawai’i.  The poetry of the lehua bloom and the unfolding giant Volcano fern hand painted in cobalt blue on each tea bowl, sake cup, and larger porcelain honor the beauty of a walk-in Volcano National Park.  Each porcelain piece is a meditation that can be held in your hand.”

Ingrid Fregeau’s work will be featured in the Niaulani’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, “Worth of Water.”   Volcano Art Center hopes to honor the life-giving waters of the Hawaiian rainforest with this collection of outdoor sculptures. Visit the Niaulani sculpture garden in person to see her work.
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