ABOUT THE ARTIST

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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 at the core.

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

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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. 

BEGINNINGS IN RICHMOND, VA

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I love Richmond, Virginia. It is a city teeming with talented artists of every medium, style, and age. RVA also has a fantastic community of art appreciators/lovers, which was very exciting to be a part of as a young artist, especially as I began my career. Although I loved my first and second homes, Atlanta and Athens, GA, I was so blessed to be in Richmond, Virginia for three incredible years. Even though my husband's job initially brought us there, I couldn't have hand-picked a better place for me to start my career and life out of school. 

While in RVA, I made work in a studio space at Plant Zero Artist Studios. It's a great space full of a large variety of awesome artisans and people. I also taught ceramics to adults and youth at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. These opportunities were a huge blessing and I'm so grateful for all that God led me to in Richmond. 

A NEW CHAPTER - SAVANNAH, GA

My husband and I moved to Savannah, GA in August this year, and it has been fantastic. Savannah is a place he and I have dreamed of living in since the very early years of our relationship, which has been about 8 years long at this point, so we are thrilled to finally be turning a long-time dream into a reality. I have been so blessed by all the artists I’ve met and connections I’ve made in Savannah thus far, and cannot wait to continue to deepen those relationships and become a part of the community here. Savannah is a beautiful city full of history and culture. We are also thrilled to be much closer to both of our families an many of our friends! God is good!

OTHER ARTWORK:

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!