Scott Parady got his MFA from Penn State University and currently is a ceramics professor at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA.
Most of the works that Parady creates is hand built by pinching clay while working slowly on a potter’s wheel as opposed to the traditional throwing method. He, then, fires the work in his Anagama wood fire kiln. Parady began this hand-building technique because he started to dig his own clay in the late 1990’s. “I like to use the clays that are hardest to use because they push back a bit or they want to react strongly to whatever I do toy it. I like that balance of hanving to walk the line of keeping the piece from collapsing or coming together. I find where a lot of the best pieces come from is that kind of tension.”
Scott lives on a property with about 80 species of conifers, he includes imagery in his work that relates to trees and lifecycles. “ I study a lot of them, how they grow and die, so I put a lot of that into the work. I don’t just have a stamp of a tree design. Each is individual.” – American Art Collector Magazine