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Heidi Fahrenbacher

Heidi Fahrenbacher

Heidi Fahrenbacher creates bright, whimsical porcelain vessels that capture a simple moment in time. Her work isn’t only a pleasure to look at, but to use and hold. As a child, she would draw for hours. Now those drawings have taken on a new life in her work.

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Heidi Fahrenbacher Geodesic Dome Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Heidi Fahrenbacher Tall House Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Heidi Fahrenbacher Small House Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Heidi Fahrenbacher at MudFire

Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012

 

Heidi Fahrenbacher Artist Bio

As a child my parents took me on numerous trips to wonderful places such as Berea College, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and any potter's studio that was open along the roadside. My parents always had Rowe Pottery and Bennington Pottery around the house and I became intrigued by the texture of the clay and the raised slip decoration. At the time I just thought it was fun but, in retrospect, it was the foundation for my love for ceramics.

When I enrolled at Kalamazoo College I planned on majoring in Biology. However, when I was a sophomore my dad sat me down and advised me that he thought I should pursue what I really loved and what made me happy. At that point I changed majors and graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History.

Having worked for several ceramic artists I decided to open my own studio in 2005.

 

Heidi Fahrenbacher Artist Statement

My designs are influenced from taking walks. It is during these walks alone I clear my head and observe everything from architecture to wildlife. Did you know there are freshwater jellyfish? Or what osage oranges are? I like looking at objects without distractions so I can absorb their form and process it into my own designs.

Although, some of my designs look abstract and like mere decorations, there is always a story behind every piece. When creating my work, my primary influence stem from the environment around me. One day it could be the picket fence that houses my strawberry patch outside my studio, to the fire escape alongside the outside of a building. Each of these viewing experiences is essential to capturing a moment in time and representing that initial fascination.

I strive to make work that is well made and a pleasure to hold. My work is decorated with images that range from humorous to more abstract. My hope is to create pieces that enhance everyday life from drinking your morning coffee to enjoying your favorite piece of cake.



Heidi Fahrenbacher Artist Resume

Education:
Kalamazoo College 1998-2002
Kalamazoo, Michigan , B.A., Fine Arts and Art History
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet 2000-2001, Bonn, Germany, Studied German, German history, and Inter-Cultural Research Project
Work Experience:
Bella Joy Pottery, Plainwell, Michigan 2005-present Studio Potter. Design porcelain vessels that enhance everyday living. Maintain a functioning ceramic studio.
Kifer Clay Studio, Richland, Michigan 2004-2006, Assistant to artist Michael Kifer. Created body of work based on Michael Kifer's designs.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2004-2005, Assistant Lab Technician
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2001-2002, Lab technician in Ceramics Studio
Oak Leaf Pottery, Plainwell, Michigan 2000, Apprentice under Potter Tom Kendall
Teaching Experience:
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2005-present
Thornapple Arts Council, Hastings, Michigan 2007
Awards:
Faculty Appreciation Award Third Place, 2011, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Purchase Award, Michiana Annual Art Competition, 2009, Box Factory, St. Joseph, MI
Merit Award, National Cup Show, Barrett Clay Works 2008, Poughkeepsie, NY
Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, Arts Council of Greater 2006, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Honorable Mention, Holland Area Arts Council Area Show 2004, Holland, Michigan
Grand Prize, Grand Rapids Festival 2004, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lilia Chen Award for Excellence in Ceramics 2002, Kalamazoo College, Michigan
Juried Exhibitions:
Made For Each Other (Juror: Suze Lindsay), Cleveland Arts Council, Shelby, NC 2010
Michigan Ceramic Art Association Show (Juror: Michaelene Walsh), Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI 2010
2nd Annual National Cup Show (Juror: Ayumi Horie), Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie, NY 2010
Last Call (Jurors: Adam Yungbluth and Matt Schiemann), St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL 2010
Celadon and Porcelains, The Meyers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA 2010
Art Prize, Family Capital Management, Grand Rapids, MI 2009
Michiana Annual Art Competition (Juror: Marvin Bartel), Box Factory, St. Joseph, MI 2009
Teapot Exhibition (Curator: Joan Houberbocken), Chiaroscuro Galleries, Chicago, IL 2009
1+1 (Juror: David Toan), Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, Oak Park, IL 2009
Gulf Coast Community College's Second Annual Cup Show, (Juror: Matt Long), Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts, Panama City, FL 2008
Platter and Pourers (Juror: John Glick), Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD 2008
The Artful Vessel (Juror: Sarah Lindley), Pottworks Gallery, Hamilton, MI 2008
Michigan Ceramic Art Association Show (Juror: Bonnie Seeman), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 2008
Holland Friends of Art, Holland Arts Council, Holland, Michigan 2008
2008 National Cup Show (Juror: Leslie Ferrin), Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie, NY
Grand Rapids Festival Area Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2008
Sculpture and Pottery Show, Art Center TC, Traverse City, Michigan 2008
Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Michigan 2007
Holland Friends of Art Area Show (Juror: Henry Matthews), Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, Michigan 2004
Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Michigan 2004
Grand Rapids Festival Area Show, (Jurors: Jason Kalajainen and Meredith Ridl), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2004
Solo Exhibitions:
Joyous Porcelain, Khnemu Gallery, Fennville, MI 2010
Solo Cup Show, People's Food Co-op, Kalamazoo, MI 2008
Funke Functional, Meristem Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2007
Darkness Ablaze: A Study of Translucent Porcelain, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2007
Chairacter, Kingscott Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2004
Chimney Pots, Washington Square Library, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2003
Domesticate Me Senior Thesis, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 2002
Publications:
Art of the Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 2011 Objects of Art, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 2011
Five Hundred Vases, Lark Books, Ashville, North Carolina 2010
Art of the Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 2010
The Function of Art, Ella Sharp Musuem, Jackson, MI 2010
Dora De Larios, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2009
Objects of Art, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 2009
Steeped in Tradition, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI 2009
Mug Shots, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI 2009
Five Hundred Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books, Ashville, North Carolina 2009