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Sycamore Pottery

Sycamore Pottery Wheel-thrown, high-fire stoneware, salt-glazed, and earthenware pottery. Ren & Pam Parziale have been making pots at Sycamore Pottery since 1972.

Ren says his early training was as a production potter within the tradition of early American folk pottery. Our customers enjoy hand-made objects. In a high tech world, objects made the old fashioned way are valued by people who visit our pottery, says Pam. We have been inspired by our travels to Italy and Sicily. The festive majolica glazes are a colorful connection to our American and European heritage.

Operating as usual

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour 2022 would never have happened without Anne’s vision of what is possible. Thank you, A...
10/30/2022

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour 2022 would never have happened without Anne’s vision of what is possible. Thank you, Anne!

Photos from Over The Mountain Studio Tour's post
10/27/2022

Photos from Over The Mountain Studio Tour's post

Ren and Pam are eager to show off the work of the past year. Among the stoneware pots, there will be terra cotta platter...
10/17/2022

Ren and Pam are eager to show off the work of the past year. Among the stoneware pots, there will be terra cotta platters, trays, and salt glazed vases. We look forward to seeing our long time friends and customers during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour 2022.

The official countdown to Over the Mountain Studio Tour 2022 has begun. On November 12th and 13th, seventeen of the Eastern Panhandle's most passionate artisans will gather in eight studios to welcome our community and to share our work. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to get a small glimpse into each artist's work and then join us the 2nd weekend of November for a self guided tour.

Washington Street Artists Co-op is hosting their annual holiday exhibit. Members of the Jefferson Arts Council join the ...
12/08/2021
About The Tour | OTM STUDIO TOUR

Washington Street Artists Co-op is hosting their annual holiday exhibit. Members of the Jefferson Arts Council join the array of art at the gallery on 108 N. George Street, Charles Town WV. You will discover a wonderful selection of art. Sycamore Pottery has a colorful flock of Redbirds. Select your choice of paintings, woodwork, quilting, weaving, photography and jewelry. Hours are 11 to 5. Shop local!!

29 artisans of Jefferson County WV welcome you into their studios. See how they create, and take home a piece of the experience! The event is free. Always the second weekend of November.

About The Tour | OTM STUDIO TOUR
10/25/2021
About The Tour | OTM STUDIO TOUR

About The Tour | OTM STUDIO TOUR

29 artisans of Jefferson County WV welcome you into their studios. See how they create, and take home a piece of the experience! The event is free. Always the second weekend of November.

Hello from Sycamore Pottery and Ren & Pam!We are delighted to share our new website with our friends and family.Please c...
11/12/2020

Hello from Sycamore Pottery and Ren & Pam!
We are delighted to share our new website with our friends and family.
Please check out:
Https://sycamorepottery.weebly.com/
While we have been busy in our studio, we have been thinking of all the folks we usually see during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour. This year is a virtual one, something new for many of us. Take a look at our new website. It has a link to the studio tour where you can see all the artists.
Here is a new design in terra cotta, "Crazy Birds for Crazy Times!"

We live in a place that is special, supportive of its artists, for sure. The Old Opera House in Charles Town, through th...
04/15/2020

We live in a place that is special, supportive of its artists, for sure. The Old Opera House in Charles Town, through the efforts of Kat Camaglio and Steven Brewer are posting the artwork of artists everyday during April. Today is our day! Thank you, OOH!

Here is the map for this year’s Over the Mountain Studio Tour. Our 30th year, we celebrate our working together to bring...
11/04/2019
November 9 & 10, 2019

Here is the map for this year’s Over the Mountain Studio Tour. Our 30th year, we celebrate our working together to bring the best art and craft work to you!

See you this weekend!

The sun will shine, we have ordered cool autumn days, and a splendid weekend for our 30th Studio Tour!!
11/04/2019

The sun will shine, we have ordered cool autumn days, and a splendid weekend for our 30th Studio Tour!!

The Over the Mountain Studio exists because of Anne’s amazing leadership! 30 years and going strong, mentoring a new gen...
10/18/2019

The Over the Mountain Studio exists because of Anne’s amazing leadership! 30 years and going strong, mentoring a new generation of hand workers. Thank you, Anne!

My sculpture "Day 84" will be unveiled this Saturday October 5 at 3, a bit before the reception for sculptors, at the Wa...
10/03/2019

My sculpture "Day 84" will be unveiled this Saturday October 5 at 3, a bit before the reception for sculptors, at the Washington Street Studios in Boliver/Harp[ers Ferry WV. The ceramic mural has been mounted on a wall behind the WSS Gallery, next to the kilns shed. I used earthenware clay from the Martinsburg brickyard, Continental Clay. The story by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man & The Sea is the inspiration. I wanted to create the moment when Santiago hooks the Marlin. This is my depiction of the values of patience and persistence, important attributes for an artist. Ren fired the sculpture in an electric kiln at Sycamore Pottery.

09/25/2019

I would like to introduce our team of talented artists who have been working diligently on designs for the Evitt's Run Park mosaic project.
From left to right;

Emily Cumberland Hudkins - art teacher at Ranson Elementary and mosaic designer

Kirsten Lee - artist and horse trainer and mosaic designer

Pam Parziale - pottery artist , C*Town Public Art Committee member and coordinator of design team

Karen Grant - artist, math teacher at Ranson Elementary and mosaic designer

Terry Knill - artist and mosaic designer

Pam has fired some tiles for the project and Emily’s art students painted a number of the tiles.

This Great White Heron side stepping a Chesapeake Crab is in the current exhibit at The Bridge Fine Art & Framing Galler...
05/30/2019

This Great White Heron side stepping a Chesapeake Crab is in the current exhibit at The Bridge Fine Art & Framing Gallery in Shepherdstown. Opening June 1, reception 5 to 7.

Artists of the Over the Mountain Studio Tour share their knowledge is a series of workshops...Join Weaver Diane Myers fo...
01/22/2019

Artists of the Over the Mountain Studio Tour share their knowledge is a series of workshops...Join Weaver Diane Myers for this hands-on exploration of the art of weaving.

Coming Soon to the Charles Town Library:

01/06/2019

This American Crow has his red eye on a prize...

A potter’s glaze, tenmoku, rich iron brown to black with a touch of rutile that sparkles like gold...at The Bridge Fine ...
12/07/2018

A potter’s glaze, tenmoku, rich iron brown to black with a touch of rutile that sparkles like gold...at The Bridge Fine Art & Framing Gallery this weekend, 3 to 6. And yes, that is red!

November 10-11, 2018
11/04/2018
November 10-11, 2018

November 10-11, 2018

A free, self guided-tour of artist studios through Jefferson County, WV

After all these years, still a miracle...from soft, squishy clay to stoneware...in the kiln for 20 plus hours to 2400 de...
10/28/2018

After all these years, still a miracle...from soft, squishy clay to stoneware...in the kiln for 20 plus hours to 2400 degrees ... now let's fill that bowl with hot soup!

Steve Adams will join us once again during the Over The Mountain Studio Tour, Nov. 10 & 11, 2018. It is impossible to ke...
10/28/2018

Steve Adams will join us once again during the Over The Mountain Studio Tour, Nov. 10 & 11, 2018. It is impossible to keep your hands from running over the surface of his hand-hewn bowls.
See you soon at the Studio Tour!

Remember your local potter who is happy to recycle your peanuts for packing!
11/24/2017

Remember your local potter who is happy to recycle your peanuts for packing!

Start the new year off right! Recycle your peanuts and angel poo. This local potter will re-use them, gladly and with thanks!

This seems like a brilliant way to try to remember all the birds in our neighborhood. Ren makes medallions from red clay...
11/03/2017

This seems like a brilliant way to try to remember all the birds in our neighborhood. Ren makes medallions from red clay, I consult the Stokes Birds Books, have a picnic with glazes, and then we fire them in our small kiln. (That Mountain Bluebird would be lost in West Virginia). The entire flock will be at the
Over The Mountain Studio Tour Nov. 11 & 12.

My brush insists on making a leaping fish! We have a school of fish for you to choose from during the Over the Mountain ...
10/29/2017

My brush insists on making a leaping fish! We have a school of fish for you to choose from during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour Nov. 11 &12, 2017.

Photos from Ctown Arts & Culture District's post
09/13/2017

Photos from Ctown Arts & Culture District's post

Our summer show for the Over the Mountain Studio Tour is this weekend, July 14.15.16. We gather under one roof, in Sheph...
07/13/2017

Our summer show for the Over the Mountain Studio Tour is this weekend, July 14.15.16. We gather under one roof, in Shepherdstown, at the Community Club, to show off our winter's work. Join us!

Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show this weekend!
07/11/2017
Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show this weekend!

Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show this weekend!

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour all-in-one-room Summer Show gathers in Shepherdstown this weekend! Join us Friday night for our Opening Reception, and all day Saturday and Sunday. It's the only time to see all of the makers and our wares in one place.....

Our studio tour is all about community, cooperation, creativity! Hitting the high C's!! Join us all this weekend where w...
07/10/2017
Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show this weekend!

Our studio tour is all about community, cooperation, creativity! Hitting the high C's!! Join us all this weekend where we are all together under one roof.

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour all-in-one-room Summer Show gathers in Shepherdstown this weekend! Join us Friday night for our Opening Reception, and all day Saturday and Sunday. It's the only time to see all of the makers and our wares in one place.....

The Annual St. Valentines Purrfect Dinner & Auction is this Saturday, Feb.11,2017 at the Skyline Terrace, Charles Town R...
02/09/2017

The Annual St. Valentines Purrfect Dinner & Auction is this Saturday, Feb.11,2017 at the Skyline Terrace, Charles Town Races. Bid on our stoneware bowl with fluted edges. All proceeds go to the shelter renovation project. What a happy way to help!

The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown has a selection of our shino, temoku, and celadon glazed pots. Here is a shino pot w...
12/23/2016

The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown has a selection of our shino, temoku, and celadon glazed pots. Here is a shino pot with a pomegranate, perfect for serving a holiday fruit pie.

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour is this weekend Nov.12 &13.Please come by, 10 to 5. We are stop #5. Steve and Jan Adam...
11/11/2016

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour is this weekend Nov.12 &13.
Please come by, 10 to 5. We are stop #5.
Steve and Jan Adams join us with Steve's hand-hewn bowls, tables, and cutting boards....for the map go to: studiotourwv.org

It was 1987 and I was asked to make a ceramic medallion almost 3 feet in diameter for the Jefferson County War Memorial....
11/10/2016

It was 1987 and I was asked to make a ceramic medallion almost 3 feet in diameter for the Jefferson County War Memorial. Ren and I went to see how it was withstanding almost 30 years of snow, ice, rain, and sun. I made the sculpture of white stoneware. The weather, in fact, has enhanced the design. Roses surround the Great Seal of the USA, emerging up the left side to full blossoms at the top, then they began to decay and the petals fall away.

I wanted to make something big out of clay. The guys at the nearby brickyard were more than happy to supply some local c...
09/24/2016

I wanted to make something big out of clay. The guys at the nearby brickyard were more than happy to supply some local clay for this endeavor.

Kiln firing # 269 in the big kiln. Ren's first kilnload in this sweetheart was in 1980. Tuesday, it was 95 degrees outsi...
09/11/2016

Kiln firing # 269 in the big kiln. Ren's first kilnload in this sweetheart was in 1980. Tuesday, it was 95 degrees outside and the kiln went 21 hours to 2400. In reduced atmosphere for 6 hours, that is, closing off the orrifices to prevent oxygen from entering. This forces a chemical change in the glazes that makes the colors brigthter, deeper, luscious. He keeps detailed notes for each firing.

Everyone is planning to join us! It’s the 2016 Summer  Show  for our  Over the Mountain Studio TourWhere?The War Memoria...
06/29/2016

Everyone is planning to join us!
It’s the 2016 Summer Show
for our Over the Mountain Studio Tour

Where?
The War Memorial Building 102 E. German St. Shepherdstown WV

When?
Friday July 8, 5 - 7, Opening Reception
Saturday, July 9, 10-5
Sunday, July 10, 9 - 3

www.studiotourwv.org
Plan for your full November Tour experience!

Address

111 Owls Nest Lane, Turn Up The Hill From 5210 Paynes Ford Rd. To Owls Nest Lane
Kearneysville, WV
25430

Opening Hours

9am - 5pm

Telephone

(304) 725-4251

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Thank you so much for the donation of your Majolica Platter- Eagle Island Shore Bird to the Ferry Beach Art Auction! I will miss you in Maine!- Laura
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