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Biography



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 is a widely exhibited artist whose work can also be seen in such galleries as Plinth (Denver, Colorado), Santa Fe Clay, and Katie Gingrass Gallery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Her work is included in many collections, including the Luce Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, the Prague Museum of Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic, the Ohio Crafts Museum, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines over the years.