Nests and Birds with Fern Tile by Parran Collery
Handmade by Parran Collery of Eartha Tile in Prince Frederick, Maryland.
A shy bird sits perched amid a beautiful collage of nature.
All of my tiles are designed for hanging and come with felt dots on the back corners.
Dimensions: 8 x 8"
Artistic expression has been the definitive element of my life for as long as I can recall. Encouraged by my mother, also an artist, I started keeping a sketchbook at an early age, working on drawings and paintings, taking every art class I could. But as college approached art didn’t seem like a good choice for a major. Then one day in my second year at the University of Vermont (Groovy UV!) I happened upon a ceramics class firing a raku kiln behind the art building: smoke and fire and students moving with purpose. One look and I was hooked!
From that moment on I focused on art, and went on to obtain a MFA from Rutgers University. Now, how to make a living? Fortune shined in an out-of-the-blue job offer to work at a small tile manufacturing studio in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania (tile mecca, go visit!). I got my hands back in clay and began learning traditional tile making techniques. So much to learn: elements of design, glaze chemistry, kiln firing, tile and mosaic installation. A door had opened on a whole new world, the art of tile.
Eventually I was ready to start my own studio. I picked the name based on my love of terra cotta clay and nature: Eartha Handmade Tile. My little studio in Southern Maryland is located in a funky purple building outfitted with thrift store chandeliers and a deck filled with flowers. Adventure dog Finn is a welcome companion (play please).