Feature Articles

June 2013

Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Features Works by Sasha Federer

Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, is presenting Metamorphosis: New Works by Sasha Federer, on view at the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery through Aug. 8, 2013.

Federer was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He came to the United States in 1972. For the last 40 years he has worked as a Psychologist, which is his profession, and for the last 38 years, worked as a potter, which is his passion. He studied ceramic art in the state of Washington and Wisconsin. He worked as professional studio potter for three years in New Hampshire and served as Artist in Residence with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Federer and his wife, Tari, built a ceramic art studio and the Running Horse Gallery in Florence, SC. He has exhibited in galleries throughout the east coast. He had the opportunity to have two solo shows in addition to many group shows in Florence, SC. Federer collaborates, on many of his pieces with Tari, also an artist, and their shared pieces are signed Satari, which is a combination of both of their names.

Even though Federer works in all temperature firing ranges, his greatest enjoyment comes from working with high-fired porcelain, which brings out the beauty of colors. He creates all of his own glazes and enjoys the constant search for new colors, combinations, and textures for his surface decoration.

“For the last 38 years, clay has been my friend, my teacher, and my companion. It has been a way to create and connect with all the potters that came before me. Working with clay has been like stepping in the river of tradition, creating objects with a sense of purpose, and a touch of beauty that gives them life,” say Federer.

“We all share the timeless desire to combine objects of use with something that transforms them, creating unique from ordinary, and to experience beauty in every day moments,” continues Federer. “After all of these years, giving shape to a shapeless lump of clay is still magical. The excitement of unloading a kiln, looking for treasures and gifts of fire, still makes me feel alive.”

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call FMU at 843/661-1385 or visit (http://departments.fmarion.edu/finearts/gallery.htm).

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