Faro chooses bright colours and bold stencilled images for her dishware.
My life as a studio-potter began rather unexpectedly in 1996, under my first mentor Isabella St. John of Blue Moon Pottery in St. John's. After completing a bachelor's degree in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, I returned to Victoria BC in 1998. I soon found work with Diane Searle, and was able to use her studio space in return for slip-casting for her.
I been involved with many creative communities. I worked out of Xchanges Artists Studios from 2000-2003. At this time I began selling at local markets, and took every opportunity to take classes, workshops, and attend symposiums and conferences. In 2004, I received a small business grant to open my own studio, where I continue to work and sell. I am affiliated with the Craft Association of BC, the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild, the BC Potters Guild, and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.
Outside of my studio, I work as the ceramics instructional technologist for the Visual Arts program at Camosun College in Victoria BC, and as a technician for Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. I have taught ceramics to all ages through the Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, and Red Deer College Series Summer Arts Program, and various private demonstrations and short workshops.
I generally make pieces that are bright and playful. My studio practice is my meditation, and I try to imbue my pots with a sense of ease and movement. I am interested in narrative and how to imply story on anything from a simple mug to a larger sculptural piece. One of my favourite parts of making each pot is considering how the elements of design come together; the shape of the pot, text and images, layers of colours, bold stencils and simple drawn lines.