Four Legged Textured Vase with Cowry Shells, Raffia, and Handmade West African Brass and Glass Beads
Hello and welcome to my website!My name is Rosalyn Parhams and I am a ceramic
artist.I specialize in constructing
masks out of clay andadorning them with brightly colored glazes, fabric, shells, beads,
hair, wood, feathers, raffia, or anything else I can get my hands on.I also have designed my own line of hand
built pottery from slabs of clay that are embossed with stamps that I have
created.I like to refer to myself as a
self-taught artist.I learned a lot of
wonderful things in the classes and seminars I have attended, but most of the
art that I make now I had to take the exciting, yet scary journey of discovering
it on my own.
My first exposure to arts and crafts began with my mother's creative abilities with handcrafted items for family and church fund raisers in our community in Newark, New Jersey. When I lived in Philadelphia I studied graphic design and I took a couple of ceramics classes but did not get "serious" about ceramics until several years after moving to California. I have since rediscovered my passion for clay and established a studio in my home.
ceramic art is inspired by the mysticism of folk art, outsider art, religious
iconography, and ancient artifacts of Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia. I
visit historic sites and museum collections to connect with ancient peoples and
their ceremonial objects.My favorite
places to go are natural history museums because it is like walking back into
time and experiencing the way we used to live. I enjoy combining ceramics with found objects
in a style that is reminiscent of tribal art. As our ancestors relied on clay
to make vessels for cooking, storage, and worship, I desire to create art that
has a spiritual aesthetic and creates a bridge to our past.
Thank you so much for viewing my website!
Art On The Vine June 2012
Me In My Studio
Heart Shaped Bowls Embossed With Hearts
Square Textured Bowl With Ruby Red Glaze
"The Shaman" Wall Sculpture Mask Made with Raku Fired Ceramics and Synthetic Hair
Textured Tripod Jeweled Vases. Vase on the right has chunks of genuine amethyst, brown freshwater pearls, and copper beads. Vase on the right has clear quartz, cowry shells, and brown freshwater pearls.
Ceramic Masks With Mixed Media
Ode to Jomon Pottery
Water Fountain at Unity Spiritual Center Crafts Fair December 2013