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Elsa Freund

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Elsa Bates Freund (1912-2001), was born in Missouri and spent her early adult life working as a grade school teacher. In 1939, she married the WPA artist Louis Freund and the couple opened a summer art school in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was here that Elsa began creating jewelry as part of the crafts program. In 1949, Elsa & Louis moved to Deland, Florida as artists in residence at Stetson College, where Elsa truly refined her technique of fusing ceramics and glass with metal. The work of Elsa Freund is in the permanent collections of a number of important American museums.

Elsa Freund
Brass & glazed ceramic c.1955

Elsa Freund
Sterling & glazed ceramic, c.1960

Bracelet, 1963, Silver, turquoise-glazed earthenware
Elsa Freund
American, 1912 - 2001
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Jane Hershey
1991.129.2 ©Yale University Art Gallery

Elsa Freund

Eureka Springs, AK & Deland, FL
(maker's mark examples)

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