Stormie Parker - Inspired By The Dramatic Landscape And Abundance Of Wildlife
As a young girl growing up in Flagstaff Arizona I was inspired by the dramatic landscape
and abundance of wildlife. Most of my teen years were spent working with stone in my
familyís jewelry business. But living so close to Northern Arizona University (NAU) with
its excellent ceramics department I eventually gave up the ridged unyielding art of stone
for the more malleable medium of clay. "And I have never looked back."
After N.A.U I lived in Germany for seven years establishing ceramic programs, teaching
art to Americans overseas and exhibiting my creations at a variety of artistsí venues.
Upon returning stateside I continued teaching and exhibiting throughout the western
United States, eventually settling in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Working as a studio potter for 25 years I specialized in creating functional ware. But
over time the majority of my work has become sculptural. I create playful animals,
bringing them to life with personalities and a charisma that flirts with the viewer. Iím
also inspired to create more solicitous sculptures as evidenced in my endangered species
On a typical day at Windstorm Studio, I sit down at the wheel to merge both art
forms - functional as well as sculptural - generating an assortment of distinctive characters
and one of a kind vessels which I then finish using a variety of firing and finishing
Windstorm Studio is located in the heart of the Fort Worth Nature Center. Home of
Wendell and Stormie Parker who have encompassed a creative ceramic center where
Stormie makes sculpture with personality and purpose within an enchanting garden.
They invite each guest to step into a world that embraces the abundance of the earth.
Wine grapes encompass a courtyard leading up through herb gardens intermingle with a
bounty of bright flowers. Walk through the orchard of fruit trees, with blackberries
boarding the fence. Vegetables grow season round in raised beds with xeriscaping
techniques conserving water while creating a beautiful place to live and create.