Nests and Birds with Fern Tile by Parran Collery

Parran Collery

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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).


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