ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have always loved to make things and dreamed of being an artist when I was a kid. If you had told me when I started college that I would continue making art right out of college and start my own art business, I wouldn't have believed you and would think you were pretty hilarious. I'm so excited that my dream has become a reality and feel very fortunate to be in this position. I hope to keep it alive and continue to be an artist first, business woman second - keeping my core motive and passion alive and therefore run a more authentic livelihood.
I first started learning about clay in high school with Atlanta Potter, Bill Buckner, at Marist School. I was the girl with clay splattered all over my plaid skirt and knee highs... but I loved it. I didn't mind the mess and fell in love with the medium. It was there, from age 15-18, that I began to learn that the process of making clay isn't easy - it takes great patience, focus, care, and humility. I also began to learn how ceramics is a medium that innately calls for community and camaraderie, both in the making and the enjoying of pottery. And on an artistic level, I loved and still love how handcrafted pottery speaks to the graceful combination of beauty and function.
UGA CERAMICS - ATHENS, GA
I studied ceramics for 5 years at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia under Ted Saupe, Sunkoo Yuh, Georgia Strange, Chris Robinson, Kyungmin Park, and Maria Dondero. At UGA, I learned everything I hold fast to today about the art and craft of ceramics, and even more about myself as an artist and person. I am incredibly grateful for the unique opportunity I had at UGA to also learn from various accomplished contemporary ceramic artists including Michael Simon, Ron Meyers, Tony Clennell, Tony marsh, and Arthur Gonzalez. I will always cherish the many hours, days, weeks, and years spent at the UGA studio, all that I learned and the amazing friendships I made.
In May 2015, I graduated from UGA with a BFA in Ceramics, a BFA in Art Education, and a Minor in Art History. I married the love of my life in June that summer and moved to Richmond, VA where I now live with my husband, Drew.
LIFE IN RICHMOND, VA
I love Richmond, Virginia. I live in a city that is teeming with talented artists of every medium, style, and age. RVA also has a fantastic community of art appreciators/lovers, which is very exciting to be a part of as a young artist, especially as I begin my career. Although I love and miss my first home, Atlanta, and second home, Athens, GA, I feel strongly that I'm where I'm meant to be at this time in my life. And even though my husband's job initially brought us here, I couldn't have hand-picked a better place for me to start my career and life out of school.
I currently make work in my studio space at Plant Zero Artist Studios. It's a great space full of a large variety of awesome artisans and people. I also teach ceramics classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. These opportunities have been a huge blessing and I'm so grateful for where God has led me.
If you're interested in seeing my sculptural work, it can be found on my Portfolio website here: www.claireparrish.com. Feel free to contact me if interested in any pieces on that site!