THE ARTISTS: Audrey Farina, Rough and Ready |

THE ARTISTS: Audrey Farina, Rough and Ready

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What is your career and your current job title? I am an artist. I call myself a shapemaker.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. My art is to walk around and look at all sides, all kinds of art. I use different kinds and colors of clay from terra cotta to porcelain to build the desired shape. Carved lines and sometimes added colors complete the three-dimensional object.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Many years ago, I was a painter and became frustrated with the flatness and arbitrary edges of the canvas. For me, the tactile and three-dimensional opportunities of clay was an exciting discovery. And it still is!

Why do you do it? The impetus for my work is the desire to explore through “form imagery” the inner language of nature, to reveal continuous change and emerging patterns. To feel the flow and flux of energy and the ultimate harmony of our universe.

What do you hope to accomplish? It is my hope that the viewer will feel a sense of recognition and a connection to this visual journey.

What kind of special training did you take? I studied art history, sculpture, design and pottery at a college in Florida, and studied ceramic techniques with every expert I could find. Before moving to California in 1980, I taught clay hand building and design at the Art Center of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? I love what I do. I am often frustrated by the process of firing the work in my kiln, hoping each time the results will be wonderful. And sometimes it is! I’m still trying to get it right.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? I am a full-time artist. This is a matter of focus and priorities, and not whether my time in my studio is five hours a week or 35.

Where is your art seen? My work can be seen in fine-art galleries in Florida, Nevada and California; in the Gillian Hodge Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at the Grass Valley campus of Sierra College this month and October; and in my studio by appointment at

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