Announcement!! : I am excited to announce that I will have a new body of work coming out in October 2015 with my new business, Claire Parrish Pottery!!! I will be working out of my new studio space in Richmond, VA, and can't wait for this new journey to begin!
Bio : Call me crazy, but I decided to apply to a second major during my senior year of college. It turned out to be the best school related decision I made in four years. I am incredibly thankful for my less than usual journey, and wouldn't change it for the world. I have finally found a medium that I not only find exhilarating (because I honestly find most, if not all, art practices exhilarating) but that also holistically relates to the ideas I strive to explore and express. Ceramics is more than clay and glaze to me, it is a route to a voice.
My name is Claire Parrish, which is new for me!! Just a few short months ago, it was Claire Shurley, and on June 13, 2015, my world was thrown for a loop as I got married and became a Parrish! I love ceramics, both sculptural and functional, and I thoroughly enjoy the conversation that inevitably occurs between the two. I find that my functional work reminds my sculptures to take more thoughtful consideration of the viewer, as my sculptures equip my functional work with a more spirit-filled substance. Over time, I suppose I will specialize further, but for now, my instincts want to explore, and my heart wants to keep the dialogue open between my functional and sculptural work.
I love to create and feel drawn to the physicality of clay as well as the vast history of the medium that connects peoples of practically all cultures and all known generations. Ultimately, creating with clay gives me this extraordinary feeling of interconnection with our Creator who formed us from the dust of the earth. I believe our urge to create is one of the most evident and beautiful reflections of being made in God's image. I sure am thankful He made us in such a wonderful way.
I recently completed my B.F.A. in Ceramics at the University of Georgia in December 2014 with my final Exit Show on December 11th. I graduated in May 2015 after a spring semester of Student Teaching for the degree I began with at UGA, a B.F.A. in Art Education. I have also completed a minor in Art History and am thankful for the insight it brings to my work and practice. I officially moved to Richmond, VA from Athens, GA at the end of June, 2015, and I am currently setting up my own studio and business... To Be Announced Soon!! And I am also teaching Ceramics at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Thank you for your interest in my work!!
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20