Charlie Parker Pottery Celebrates Grand Opening, St. Pete

One of the original owners of the St. Petersburg Clay Company recently opened Charlie Parker Pottery, a new studio and gallery in St. Pete.

Charlie Parker of the St. Petersburg Clay Company hosted the grand opening of Charlie Parker Pottery on Saturday, April 21st.

“The grand opening was an opportunity for people to come tour our space, meet some of the artists who work there and shop our gallery featuring their work, as well as Charlie's,” says Nancy Parker, Charlie's wife and office manager.

The new 3,600-square-foot studio and gallery space will be used to host group workshops and provide independent students with a creative environment.

“Our studio is a full service ceramic studio,” Nancy says. “We offer memberships where members can get 24/7 access and full use of the studio. We also offer classes that can be constructed around any skill level.”

Nancy says occasional “BYOB pottery” parties will also be hosted at the new space located at 2724 Sixth Ave. S., where groups can learn how to throw on the wheel from professionals like Charlie.

Working with the St. Pete's Business Assistance Center to launch the new space, the Parkers were keen on creating both a work and gallery space featuring personal works.

In addition to Charlie's work in St. Pete, he just completed a $5,000 ceramic mural -- Platform Art's gift to the City of Lakeland -- which will be unveiled at Platform Art Party #19: Art in AgriCulture on April 28th in downtown Lakeland.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberain
Source: Nancy Parker, Charlie Parker Pottery
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