Moving to a new place is always a little scarey, but as soon as I met Pam and Ren Parziale, I knew that I’d be just fine in my new home community. Fast-forward seven years, and the Sycamore Potters have become not only phenomenal community and mentors, but also good friends. We share a love for truly functional pots, delicious regional homemade food, and swapping stories over a glass of wine.
Pam and Ren are the duo behind Sycamore Pottery. They are the living bridge between the historical potters who roamed these hills in the previous centuries, and the future young makers coming aboard. With their foundational understanding of the importance of handmade functional pottery, and their deep aesthetic drive for a beautiful life well lived, they bring passion and flavor to our contemporary times.
Their location, tucked in a woody hillside outside of Leetown, is a piece of art that they created together, from planting the trees that now tower over their open spaces, to building the structures and kilns that make up their work and lives. Natural harmony is the thread through all that they do….take a walk around their place and you see their pots and brushwork details all around them.
While Pam and Ren are the furthest away (of the Potomac Clay Weekend studios) from the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, they are just a short jaunt from the Opequon Creek, which is a direct tributary into the Potomac River. So take a detour during Potomac Clay Weekend to see one of the Potomac Watershed tributaries, and stop in to meet two amazing potters and devoted community members. You won’t be sorry you did. And, yes, they do laugh most of the time. (wink)