Dennis Parks: Land, Language and Clay

Dennis Parks is a ceramist who moved to the rural ghost town of Tuscarora, Nevada in 1966, where he established the internationally-known Tuscarora Pottery School. Parks is regarded as a leading practitioner of the single-firing method (normally pottery is fired twice) and for firing with discarded crankcase oil. His techniques are spelled out in his guide published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. More than 10,000 copies have been sold.

Dennis Parks and John Fahnestock, Abacus, 2005, Porcelain, metal, and wood. Collection of Dennis Parks

Dennis Parks, Consider for Example the Humble Letter H, circa 1990s, Stoneware, Collection of Dennis Parks.


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