Elsie Freund

Photo by David Fithian, Courtesy of The DeLand Museum of Art
Elsie Freund
Also Known as
Elsie-Marie Bates Freund
Elsa Freund
Elsa Bates
Elsie M. Fruend
Elsie Bates Freund
Mincy, Missouri
Little Rock, Arkansas
born Mincy, MO 1912-died Little Rock, AR 2001
Active in
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Elsa Freund drew inspiration from her home in the Ozarks and applied it to painting and ceramics. Because she worked in two media, her husband, Louis, suggested she call her ceramic work Elsaramics.” The name proved too long to imprint on stones, but Freund adopted part of it, signing all of her jewelry as Elsa” and her paintings as Elsie.” When she began selling her jewelry, she was unsure what to charge, and priced the pieces according to local plumbers’ wages. Like many modern jewelry makers, Freund was influenced by the Bauhaus, and also admired the work of contemporary artists such as Alexander Calder. Though she is a pioneer in her field, her work went largely unrecognized until the late 1980s when friend and fellow artist Robert Ebendorf began to promote her legacy.

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