Patsy Thola Chamberlain's Profile

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My art career began with painting after graduating with an MFA from the University of Washington. When I discovered clay in the hippie hay days of Berkeley in the '60s, I liked the feel of it in my hands. Now I am a ceramic artist, inspired by the freedom of birds (especially the ones who visit my property). I'm touched by wondrous forms and colors of our planet, from the hilltops I view from my living room to the nearby raging rivers i visit on occasion. The beauty of ancient dwellings and places of worship; medieval art and religious icons also influence my design.

Throwing on the wheel was my first practice in clay. Later handbuilding became exciting; it gives me a more intimate relationship with the clay. I find it satisfying to make functional pieces that are beautiful and useful. I also love creating whimsical art with lots of color. And I love seeing the joy on your face when you admire my work!…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 9
  • Joined September 22, 2011

Favorite materials

clay, ceramic, pottery, glaze

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Patsy Thola Chamberlain Birdshrines &...

About

My art career began with painting after graduating with an MFA from the University of Washington. When I discovered clay in the hippie hay days of Berkeley in the '60s, I liked the feel of it in my hands. Now I am a ceramic artist, inspired by the freedom of birds (especially the ones who visit my property). I'm touched by wondrous forms and colors of our planet, from the hilltops I view from my living room to the nearby raging rivers i visit on occasion. The beauty of ancient dwellings and places of worship; medieval art and religious icons also influence my design.

Throwing on the wheel was my first practice in clay. Later handbuilding became exciting; it gives me a more intimate relationship with the clay. I find it satisfying to make functional pieces that are beautiful and useful. I also love creating whimsical art with lots of color. And I love seeing the joy on your face when you admire my work!

I began making birdshrines in the '80s. All kinds of birds come to eat from them. I have a dozen or so placed around my property. On a hungry day, I may have to refill them all twice to keep the birds happy and well-fed. I love watching them eat and play in my birdshrines. Some of my favorite visitors are the dramatic Evening Grosbeak, gleeful Lazuli Bunting and bright American Goldfinch.

All items can be returned or exchanged if you're not completely satisfied. All pieces are very carefully packed to avoid damage. Every item is insured during shipping so you can get your money back if anything arrives damaged.

You can learn more about my current exhibits at my website: patsythola.com

Each piece of art I make is individually created and is signed and numbered. I'd be happy to create a custom piece for you. Just convo me with the details.

[Patsy passed away in the Spring of 2015 on Earth Day. Her husband Ron and her daughter Daria continue to sell her work here and at her studio and art shows. No new works are being made but we'll continue to add items to the shop as we can.]

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