Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 72
  • CHARLEY FARRERO (1946 - )




2.5" x 16.25" x 16.5" — 6.4 x 41.3 x 41.9 cm.
incised signature

Estimate $75-$100

Realised: $156
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:


"My work is my statement...I am attracted by all ceramic processes and I meander from one to another frequently with dedicated enthusiasm. I use all kinds of clays and all kinds of firing methods. The creation of my sculptural ceramic has been free of any one strong principle influence. I have absorbed the "funk movement" of California ceramics as much as Bauhaus traditions or surrealism and dadaist approach, all that is mixed with some personal ideas and concerns. I am influenced by everything. In Saskatchewan, due to our somewhat isolated situation and short history of ceramics traditions, I do not have a school of thought or a trend. I have to invent one: my own voice."

- Charley Farrero -

Born in Paris, France, in 1946, Charley Farrero studied at the Faculté des Sciences Jussieu Paris 5 from 1965-69. He moved to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of 23, where he worked as a systems analyst for the Saskatchewan government. He began taking classes in ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan and eventually set up his own studio in Meacham in 1979. He also co-founded North Star Pottery in Humboldt in 1976, along with Robert Oeuvrard, Mel Bolen, and Anita Rocamora.

Farrero's work includes both functional and sculptural ceramic pieces, as well as large outdoor sculpture work. He incorporates a variety of materials, including commercial tile pieces and ceramic shards, into his work. After many years of research, Farrero completed his Anagama kiln In 2003; this type of kiln is revered for producing unpredictable glazes during the five-day firing process. Sajoi, which is part of the MacKenzie Art Collection, was fired in the kiln.

Farrero has exhibited his work in Canada, United States and Mexico and has received numerous grants for his work and study. His ceramics are included in prestigious corporate, private and public collections, including the Claridge Collection, the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the New Canadian Ceramics Museum in China. He has taught at several institutions, including the University of Saskatchewan, and at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology. Farrero's involvement in the arts community includes service on the Saskatchewan Craft Council (1975-1977), the Canadian Craft Council, where he has served as director, president, and chairperson (1977-1981, 1988-1989), and the Saskatchewan Arts Board (1991-1993).

Farrero was nominated for the Governor General Award in 2007, and was awarded the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2008. He is an honorary member of the Canadian Craft Council and the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Farrero lives in Meacham, Saskatchewan.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Art Gallery of Prince Albert
Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC
MacKenzie Collection, Art Gallery of Regina
New Canadian Ceramics Museum Flicam, Fuping,Shaanxi, China
Richard Spafford Collection
SAB Collection
Uriarte Foundation, Puebla, Mexico

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2006 Quentinoiseries, St. Quentin la Poterie, France
2006 More Andorra, LLM Cultural Centre
Travels through Androxia, Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery
2005 Androxia,The Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
2003 Up and About, Hand Wave Gallery
2001 Whatever, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
2000   New Old Ideas, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1998 Evasion, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1997 Bits and Pieces, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1996 Already Framed, Club Gallery-Regina, Circle Gallery-Saskatoon
1995 New Work, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1993 A piece at a time, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1991 Broken Ideas, Saskatchewan Craft Gouncil Gallery
1990 New Works, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
Gaudicheries Collections Gallery, Regina
1989 Expressions, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1988 Ware About, Joe Moran Gallery Regina
Reseau Ouest, Saskatchewan
1986 Platters, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1984 Vases, Hand  Wave Gallery  Meacham
1983 Extrusions, Exit Gallery Banff
1981 Un peu plus loin, Saskatoon
Charley Farrero, Rosemont Art Gallery Regina
1979 Pot Pourri, Handmade House Saskatoon

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Bazaart: 40 Years, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2012 Terralha, Festival Europeen des Arts Ceramiques, St. Quentin la Poterie, France
30 Years at the Hand Wave, Hand Wave Gallery, Meacham, SK
2011 Fine Form, Saskatchewan Ceramics, MacKenzie Art Gallery, traveling exhibition
2007 Power of 10, Sask Terra
Elevations, Banff Centre
Dimensions, Saskatchewan  Craft Council
Canadian Museum, FLICAM, Fuping Pottery art village, Shaanxi, China
2006 Wood, Salt and a Century of clay, Prince Albert Art Gallery
2005 Within Limits, Sask Terra
L’Agamine, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Dimensions, Saskatchewan  Craft Council
Canadian Idyll, AKA Gallery , Saskatoon
2004 The Naked Truth: international Wood Fired Exhibition, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2002 Put a lid on it, Sask Terra – NCECA (Kansas city) 2002SaskatoonMedicine Hat
Enough on our plate, Sask Terra NCECA(Kansas City ,MO) 2002Saskatoon
2000 Winter Festival Juried exhibition, Prince Albert Little Gallery2000
Tablewares, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham2000
Dimensions, Saskatchewan  Craft Council2000
Thick as a brick, Sask Terra-Joe Moran Gallery, SCC Gallery NCECA, Denver, CO
Ash & Flash Sask Terra, NCECA, Denver ,CO, Saskatoon North Battleford
1999-2001 Mexico-Canada exchange. Exhibition in Puebla and Banff
1999 3 of a Kind,  S.C.C Gallery ,Saskatoon-Rosemont Gallery , Regina
1998-99 Contained Space, Traveling exhibition
1998 Prince Albert Little Gallery
Invasion Sask Terra exhibition, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Dimensions, Saskatchewan  Craft Council
F3, Calgary -Regina-Saskatoon
1997 Dimensions, Saskatchewan Craft Council
Clay Uncovered Sask Terra, S.C.C Gallery Saskatoon
Art by 9, CBC Gallery.Regina
1996 Vessels in Celebration, Glenbow Museum.Calgary
The Front Gallery, Edmonton
Shoestring  25th.A.K.A., Regina, Saskatoon
Fireworks, O.P.A Ontario
Dimensions,Saskatchewan  Craft Council
Baskets, Hand Wave Gallery Meacham
1995-96 Just for Laughs, Saskatchewan Craft Council
1995 Still Life, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery-Waterloo-Ontario
Reflexions / Reflections, A.A.Saskatchewan
North by Northwest, NCECA Minneapolis
Get a handle on it, Calgary, Alberta
1994-95 Made for a cause, Saskatchewan Craft Council
1994 Twelve, Hand Wave Gallery, Meacham
Dimensions, Saskatchewan Craft Council
1993 Dimensions, Saskatchewan Craft Council
1992 Something Fishy Here, Hand Wave Gallery, Meacham
A Treasure to  Behold, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver
1991 Prince Albert Art Centre1
Eccentric Vessels, Saskatchewan Craft Council1991
Cups, Muttart Gallery, Calgary
1990 Something New on Broadway, Saskatchewan Craft Council
Dimensions, Saskatchewan  Craft Council
1989 Canadian Excellence in Clay #2, Barbara Silverberg Gallery, Montreal, QC

Selected Grants

2006 Saskatchewan Arts Board-Curatorial assistance grant
2005 Saskatchewan Arts Board-Residency assistance grant
2004 Canada Council Individual Assistance
2001 Saskatchewan Arts Board
2000 Canada Council Travel Grant
1997 Saskatchewan Arts Board
1984 Saskatchewan Arts Board Travel Grant
1983 Studies BursaryBanff Centre
1980 Saskatchewan Arts Board
1978 Canada Council Travel Grant

Selected Links
Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Saskatchewan Craft Council


Purchased directly from the artist