Homa Farley was born in Tehran, Iran. As a teenager she decided to move to the UK to study English. She originally wanted to be a poet. After meeting her husband Michael in Iran, she got married. She has two children; Neusha and Peter. Homa didn’t take up pottery until after her children were born. After a brief encounter with a potter’s wheel at a market in 1990, Homa signed up for summer school at South Nottingham College and Carrington Pottery.
Homa decided to study Ceramic Design at The Glasgow School of Art and graduated with a BA. Her tutors included Archie McCall, Bill Brown, Jane Hamlyn, John McGuire, Tony Franks, Greg Daly and Ken Eastman. Farley spent time in Japan in 2002, where her style and taste in ceramics changed. Farley is also a keen martial artists she received her 1st dan black belt under the guidance of Master Kang Kyo Sik, followed by 2nd and 3rd dan black belts and then in 2013 was awarded a 4th dan honorary black belt. She was teaching martial arts in various countries in the Middle East, where she lived. Homa was the first woman to receive a black belt in Hapkido Hoi Jeon Moo Sol in the Middle East.