On the oldest street in the oldest town in the United States, Worley Faver draws inspiration from some of the world’s oldest and most vibrant cultures. Using a lengthy, involved process whereby he adds one layer of clay at a time, Worley produces hand-built pottery in his studio/gallery in St. Augustine.
Worley is a master of the ancient techniques used for many millennia before the introduction of the potter’s wheel. Carefully molding one ring of clay into another, he creates extraordinarily beautiful pottery. Each piece may require up to six weeks to complete, and he produces only about 12 annually.
“I find clay is a portal to expanding my spiritual ties to the earth and all creation,” the artist told us. He considers Odysseus his favorite hero and quotes his text, “All art is to relieve us from life’s griefs.”
Worley Faver is a contemplative man, a trait that is reflected in his art. The unique designs and qualities of each piece express the therapeutic nature of both the man and the pottery.
Travel and worldwide exploration helped forge his unique aesthetic. Worley has even been on a pilgrimage to the grave of María Martínez, the renowned Native American potterer. And yet, he doesn't use any of the Native-American imagery directly in his pottery, considering them too sacred to copy.
Worley Faver’s deep, glazed designs are etched with a small stone, giving visual depth to his signature ebony pieces. As an artist, his seeks to convey resolution, composure and tranquility. These qualities were palpable in his gallery on Aviles Street.
Worley Faver Pottery & Studio
11A. Aviles Street
St. Augustine, FL 32804