Born in 1950 in Bandar Abbas, Iran, Ferri Farahmandi studied BA Ceramics at The University of Westminster, in London where she also lives. In her current work which is predominantly sculpture, she is examining how society restricts our lives, demonstrating the boundaries to our freedom. She is exploring this theory through the female form which she feels allows for greater communication of both emotional and physical nuances. Using stoneware, earthenware and porcelain clay, Ferri hand builds her sculptures and they are finished by burnishing and smoke firing. Some of the group exhibitions Ferri has taken part in, include Cecilia Colman Gallery, London; Capulet Gallery Chiswick, London; The Mall Galleries, London; The Sculpture Park, Surrey, UK; Montague Gallery, Kings Langley, UK; Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey, UK and the Orangery Gallery, London. Ferri was also invited to show her work at The Landscape Show at Olympia in London. As well as her work being featured in prestigious publications such as, TerrArt, Ceramics Art and Perception, Hand Made in Britain and Ceramic Review, Ferri’s work has also earned her a 2nd place Freedom Award at the Passion for Freedom Festival.
I have always been interested in nature, and its influence is evident in my work. I am particularly drawn to the human form where I feel the wealth of expression and possibilities are limitless. In my current work which is predominantly sculpture, I am examining how society restricts our lives, demonstrating the boundaries to our freedom. I am exploring this theory through the female form which I feel allows for greater communication of both emotional and physical nuances. I hand build using coiling technique, and my pieces are finished by burnishing, followed by smoke firing. This process infuses the surface of my sculptures with captivating visual textures and delicate patterns.