Award winning Sycamore Pottery will host their Annual Open Studio the weekend of May 10, 11 and 12. The public is invited to visit the artists' studio and workshop located in Leetown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ren and Pam Parziale founded Sycamore Pottery in Jefferson County in 1972. They are full time studio potters.
"Our customers enjoy hand made objects. In a high-tech world, objects made the old fashioned way are valued by people who come to the pottery. Pots made on the potter's wheel are a way to connect to the past, to our country's history," says Ren.
Ren & Pam Parziale make stoneware and salt glazed pottery. Their classical shaped bowls, pitchers and platters are made on the potter's wheel and high temperature fired. They have been recognized for their work in the West Virginia Juried Exhibitions, as well as by museums and collections throughout the country.
They have been inspired by travel in Italy and Sicily and are using bright Majolica glazes on tile and red earthenware clay, a colorful addition to their regular line of high-fire stoneware. Cardinal reds, brilliant blues and lemon yellows are examples of a Mediterranean tradition of pot making and represent a festive connection to our American and European heritage.
From intersection of Route 9 and 480 (Kearneysville), go south on Rt. 1 towards Leetown 3 miles. Turn onto Paynes Ford Road at historical marker "The Bower." Go one mile to 5210 Paynes Ford Road. Turn up hill and follow signs to Sycamore Pottery. Or call 304-725-4251; email: gmail.com