Diogenes Farri - ceramics
Diogenes Farri is a 3rd generation potter born in Valpariso, Chile. He trained at the Fine Art School, Vina del Mar, then taught industrial design at the University of Chile before leaving the political uncertainties of his country for Australia in 1971. From 1973-1996, he taught at the National Art School in Sydney. In 1976 - 78 while teaching at the National Art School in Darlinghurst Diogenes shared my studio, St Albans, in Ultimo. While we each had our own art practices, we also, under Diogenes' direction, made a small range of material for sale in art and craft shops.
For six months in 1999, he took up an artist in residency position in Chichibu, Japan. He is currently implementing a design workshop at the University of Valparaiso. He works in both small and large scale forms, as well as making murals and two-dimensional panels. For some works he uses the Pre-Columbian technique of applying painted designs on colour slip or engobe and burnishing the surface using a fine polishing stone in several iterations to lend it a sheen and seal the clay. He has entries in the 1977 and 1996 ceramics directories and articles in a range of journals. His works are usually identified with "dfa" stamped on a medallion and have been collected in many private and public collections including Powerhouse Museum and Manly Art Gallery.
Postcard from Diogenes to Max Dingle, while on holiday in Chile, 31 Jan 1978