SANDRA FARMER ARTIST

Mother, daughter, wife, ceramic sculptor, teaching artist, dreadlocks expert, lover of books, witch, seamstress and knitter, chef, friend, leader.

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MEET SANDRA

Sandy Farmer
Sandra Farmer
Sandra Farmer

Sharing art with others makes me thrive. I have been sharing art with others for over 20 years. I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was a young child and I feel so fortunate that my childhood dream has come true! I received my BFA in ceramics and BIS in Pre Art Therapy in 2001 and have kept my hands dirty ever since. I currently teach ceramics in Kirkland, WA and I am a teaching artist at the Seattle Art Museum. I also work as a stylist (sculpting hair!) at Vain in Downtown.

Art has been a means to delve deep, working out emotional stages and states that escape my conscious mind. I find art to be a language that we, as humans, all can understand. Art has facilitated many breakthroughs in my own life and I have seen firsthand how it can tech others about themselves.

To lean more about Sandra visit her website at www.coventrybysiddal.com

or www.vain.com/siddal

CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.

Q.  WHEN DID YOU ANSWER YOUR CALLING?

I did a 2 year residency at Pottery Northwest and it was the first time I was able to fully immerse myself in only creating art. It awakened the calling in me. I always knew I wanted to share art with others, but there I was able to teach and create 24/7. I had only taught children's classes before that and the director encouraged me to teach an adult class. It really set me on my current trajectory.

Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Read! I love detective novels, and what my husband calls my "sitcom" books, lite reading, mysteries, fantasy, and sci fi.

I try to get away when I can in my art studio in Ballard, where I sketch, play, and explore new ideas.

When I am not working or reading I am nurturing my family, my husband and two kids aged 10 and 1.

Q.  WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR CAREER?

I was asked to create a large scale labyrinth made of light for the Seattle Art Museum Remix. They wanted an interactive installation to help keep energy levels down (the event can be boisterous at times!). Labyrinths have always been a walking meditation for me and it worked to keep the event calmer and more focused. It was so rewarding to see the event participants slow down and really experience the installation

MY FAVORITE BOOKS:

  • Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
  • Centering by MC Richards

LOVE NOTE:

"Flexible, caring, knowledgeable."

TRAININGS + WORKSHOPS

  • Labyrinth workshop, Spiritweavers Gathering, Cave Junction, OR June 2018
  • Labyrinth installation, Queen Anne Elementary, Seattle, WA Dec 2017
  • Ceramic Instruments workshop, Spiritweavers Gathering, Cave Junction, OR June2017
  • Labyrinth installation, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA December 2016
  • Labyrinth installation, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA August 2016
  • Clay Amulets workshop, Spiritweavers Gathering, Cave Junction, OR June 2016
  • Ceramics Instructor, Ryther Child Center, Seattle, WA 2004-2008
  • Clay Workshop Teacher, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle, WA April 2007-July 2008
  • Teaching Artist, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA July 2007-present
  • Ceramics Instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA October 2007-August 2009, Summer 2011, Fall 2013
  • Art Instructor, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA April 2008- present
  • Master Artist Workshop, Moshier Arts Center, Burien, WA May 2009
  • Ceramics Instructor, Moshier Arts Center, Burien, WA Jan 2010-April 2010
  • Ceramics Instructor, Redmond Clay Studio, Redmond, WA May 2010- August 2010