Jim & Shirl Parmentier

We have been making our pottery together for 35 years.  Our studio is nestled on a hillside in Mars Hill, 25 miles north of the Asheville.  The open studio space we work in invites the creativity into our style of work.  Presently we are working on decorative work for the home and office.  We work as a team in both the design and the making of the pieces.  Some pieces are passed back and forth and others are done individually.

All of our work is made with our own custom high fire stoneware clay.  The pieces are made using both extruded coils and slabs.  Each piece is then altered using various tools to get to it’s final shape.  The hardened surface is then carved to be able to accept the ash glaze which will flow into the crevices during the firing.

Our work is currently available at Ariel Craft Cooperative, 19 Biltmore, Asheville, NC and at our studio by appointment.  828-335-6456.

4 Responses to “Jim & Shirl Parmentier”

  1. Kathy Galalmbos Peter April 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

    Shirl & Jim:

    Your pottery is amazing. Our son is looking at doing an internship and moving back to Hickory, NC. If so, I would love to stop and see you both and visit your studio. You both look marvelous-a testament that you truly love the work you do!

    Hope to catch up with both of you soon,
    Kathy

  2. Nan Tharrett Massaro April 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM #

    I saw your artwork on Sue Keyes facebook and thought what a beautiful artwork you both do. Do you have pictures and prices online? I love pottery and am always looking for unique pieces. My sister Shauna is a lover of pottery too. Hope to get to Madison County and make it to your studio. It was good seeing you in the pics.

    • Shirl Parmentier May 2, 2011 at 5:04 PM #

      Hi Nan, Nice to hear from you, just seeing your note. Thanks for the nice compliments. Yes, you are always welcome to visit if you’re in the area.
      We’re finally giving in and putting a website together and will be under the
      name parmentierpottery.com. It will just have our lamps on it for now but
      will eventually carry more of our work.

      Hope all is well with you wherever you are!

  3. JoAnn Axford August 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM #

    Hello Jim and Shirl, It was so nice to meet you both at the gallery in Asheville on Saturday. Your work is wonderful and I can see that you are part of a beautiful gallery. I’m sure that you don’t miss the upstate NY winters that I still live with. Congratulations on also finding a great community of artists. Next time I find my way to NC I will allow more time for exploring. I’d love to come visit your studio.
    Sincerely,
    JoAnn Axford

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