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Parran Collery

Parran Collery

Artist Work

Button Sky over River
2014
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry, wood
36x20x3"
Rain Bowls
2016
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry
From 18 to 26" wide
Lush Life
2016
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry
12x12x2"
Lush Life
2016
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry
12x12x2"
The Naturalist's Bench sample panel
2016
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry
12x18x2"
Persimmon Tree
2016
Terra cotta, glaze, masonry
12x18x2"

Artist Information

County
Calvert County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

In my work as an artist, I use the medium of relief sculpted clay tiles to explore themes of nature and the extraordinary in everyday life. By representing images within the rarified form of a tile or mosaic, I hope to make our sense of the everyday more precious and profound. I work exclusively in terra cotta clay, which imparts a warm, rich sub-tone to my bright and juicy glazes. These glaze formulas are my own creation, making my pieces entirely unique and one of a kind.

Artist Bio

How fortunate I am to have found the medium of ceramic tile.  My fascination with flora and fauna, meeting my technique of relief sculpted terra cotta, brought to a mouthwatering finish with my own custom glazes.  I love making tiles!

I’ve always gravitated toward art and was encouraged in that passion by my mother, also an artist.  But somewhere along the way I got the notion that art might not be such a good career choice, and I started college as a psychology major.  Then one day I happened upon a ceramics class firing a raku kiln behind the art building, and I was hooked.  From that moment on I focused on art (graduating with a double major), and went on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. 

After several years working as an adjunct ceramics instructor, I was offered an opportunity to work in a small production tile workshop.  I hadn’t realized there was such a tradition of tile making in America, and it was a great job; I learned something new almost every day for four years.  It was here that my interests in sculpture and decorative arts came together, and I met people making their living as artists, and I could imagine a way forward for myself.

I started my own studio in Southern Maryland in 1997, and I continue to be curiously interested in the ordinary things we see every day:  birds, leaves, flowers, bugs, all aspects of nature.  I find inspiration in art history, especially Japanese woodblock prints, in poetry and excellent words, in friends who are amazing painters.  By representing images within the rarified form of a tile or mosaic, I hope to make our sense of the everyday more precious and profound.  In the words of Rachel Carson:  “Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of everything you see.”