Charley Farrero

About the Artist

Production potter and  ceramicPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  artist Charley Farrero has been making his art with  clayMud; moist, sticky dirt. In ceramics, clay is the basic material, usually referring to any of a certain variety of mixtures of such ingredients — fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet, brittle when dry, and very hard when heated. There is a temperature with ceramic clays at which their particles fuse (vitrification), and this is most commonly controlled by heating (firing) them in a kiln. The most common types of ceramic clays are earthenware (terra cotta when fired, terra cruda when not), stonewares, and porcelain. (Artlex.com)  since 1972. He often transforms stoneware and porcelain clays into  utilitarianOf or pertaining to utility; consisting in utility; aiming at utility as distinguished from beauty, ornament, etc.; sometimes, reproachfully, evincing, or characterized by, a regard for utility of a lower kind, or marked by a sordid spirit; as, utilitarian narrowness; a utilitarian indifference to art. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  plates, platters, bowls and vases with surfaces that are decorated with a variety of  glazesA term used in ceramics to describe a thin coating of minerals which produces a glassy transparent or colored coating on bisque ware. Typically applied either by brushing, dipping, or spraying, it is fixed by firing the bisque ware in a kiln. This makes the surface smooth, shiny, and waterproof. Also, a glaze can be a thin, translucent or transparent coat over a painting, sometimes meant simply to protect the paint underneath, but more often to add a veil of colouration to an area of a picture. (artlex.com)  and textural patterns. In his one-of-a-kind artworks he creates unique wall-pieces and sculptures by employing innovative combinations of slip-cast objects, hand built additions, grout,  ceramicPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  shards, clay trinkets and commercial tile. His clay is transformed into stone using several  firingTo fire is a process of applying heat to make hard pottery in either an oven or an ovenlike enclosure called a kiln. Also the means of fixing colours to ceramic surfaces. (Artlex.com)  processes, such as wood firing (anagama) and salt firing in kilns he has designed.

Christopher Zimmer says about Farrero’s work, ”Pieces such as Charley Farrero’s curved and bent constructions are primarily about the material change that clay undergoes in its transformation from a wet, soft material to its finished form. This exploration, as an  aestheticPertaining to a sense of the beautiful or to the science of aesthetics.  process, has a precedent in the  sculptureA three-dimensional work of art, or the art of making it. Such works may be carved, modeled, constructed, or cast. Sculptures can also be described as assemblage, in the round, and relief, and made in a huge variety of media. A sculptor is one who creates sculptures. (artlex.com)  and pottery of ancient Japan as well as the freedom of delight in a found or fortuitous art object of recent times.” (Zimmer, 1986).

Born in Paris, France, Farrero studied at the Faculté des Sciences Jussieu Paris 5 from 1965-69. After moving to Saskatchewan, he took pottery classes from the Extension Division of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, before setting off on his own in 1972 to co-found North Star Pottery in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He has continued his studies over the years at the Banff School of Arts and the Leighton Artist Colony and has shared his skills as an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1976), Carlton Trail Regional College, Humboldt, (1976-7) and Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Woodland Campus in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (1988-2002).

Since 1979 Farrero has lived and maintained a working studio in Meacham, Saskatchewan. He has had many solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States and Mexico and has received numerous grants for his work and study.

Go to Farrero’s website (http://www.farrero.ca) for more information on his work


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