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 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.