Farraday Newsome

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Farraday Newsome grew up in the redwood forest of California. She is the daughter of Barbara Newsome, a businesswoman and masterful gardener, and George Newsome, a painter, potter and  dinnerware designer who earned his degree in ceramics at Alfred State University, studying under Daniel Rhodes. Farraday  studied biology as an undergraduate (BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1976) and later earned her graduate degree in Art, Ceramics Emphasis, from San Francisco State University (1987). She currently lives in the Sonoran desert of Arizona with fellow potter and husband Jeff Reich. Together they run Indigo Street Pottery in Mesa, Arizona. Both also teach pottery at the Mesa Arts Center.

Farraday’s subject matter is drawn primarily from nature and the emotional allusions and metaphors found in nature. Her color work celebrates the light and exuberance of day, while her black-and-white work delves into the shadowy, more emotionally complex realm of night and darkness.

Farraday Newsome’s work can be seen at Plinth in Denver and ARC Arizona Contemporary Art in Cottonwood, Arizona, and in the online gallery Artful Home, Wisconsin. Her work is included in many collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, Prague Museum of Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic, Ohio Crafts Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines.