From handsome bronze sculptures to his incredibly unique pieces of pottery and intricately beautiful clay tiles, Charles Fach’s work is recognizable for its sense of elegance, expertise and high level of craftsmanship.
Fach is a local artist who, along with his wife Sandy, owns Stone House Pottery & Gallery, Abe’s Spring Street Guest House and Artist Annex. His works of art can be viewed at these locations, as well as other locations throughout the community, such as the Galena Center for the Arts and Devour Cafe.
When reflecting on his artistic career, Fach remembers really enjoying his crayon set as a young child. In the fourth grade, his class painted a large mural as a communal project at his school in Galesburg, and in junior high he took several art courses.
However, in high school he did not take any courses in art, and entered college with a main interest in geology.
It was while he was attending the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) that his passion for the arts and pottery were sparked. While taking an elective pottery class in 1960, he found his true love for the arts once again, and went on to earn his bachelor of arts in painting and drawing.
Once out of college, Fach moved back to Illinois to assist his parents with their business. In return he established his very first studio, which was built in his parent’s garage.
Fach served in the Army Reserve for six months, and during his time he tried to stay active with the arts.
Once out of the Army, he moved to California for a position in pottery, and then back to Illinois, where he lived in Galesburg