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Remembering Ren Parziale

Maybe you know that Ren Parziale used to love to get his hair cut in a barber shop in a little village in Italy. I assume the barbers there were friendly to Ren because his ancestors used to live in that village. They felt like they knew him, and he felt like he knew them. I imagine the place, Ren in an old barber’s chair, practicing his Italian, feeling welcome as if he were family. Maybe this was it, he was family. Just like he was a part of our community, here in West Virginia, part of our family in Jefferson County.

 

Dear Ren passed away some weeks ago, when daffodils first popped open to show their yellow faces to the world, and the budding branches reached for the sky. When the clay of the earth shifted with an unseen life we humans cannot know or comprehend. It’s all so tiny, all too huge, not in our time cycle.

 

Here, in these words, we send love from all that knew of Ren, and all that knew him well.

 

We send light and comfort to Pam and family.

 

For you, those that have visited this website, and Sycamore Pottery, and most likely have pots in your cabinets and on your tables formed by his hands, I invite you to feel welcome to comment below, or pause in remembrance of the pleasure of getting a nice haircut.


As Ren so often said, "Here's looking at you kid!"



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Guest
Apr 05

Ren, you were one of my favorite people in the world. I spent a wonderful late afternoon with Pam last week sitting at your dining table as I many times did with you both as you fed me lunch or dinner… or both… when I would help you around the pottery and your property. I was standing on the deck… lovely new paint job… and looking down at the pottery with Pam and I could in my mind see your with your gear on stepping in and out between the kilns. Standing there hearing your voice and feeling your presence while conversing with your lovely bride! You both were very blessed for fifty four years with being with the other.…


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Guest
Mar 29

i remember ren and pam coming to all the art receptions that jac and firehall gallery had. always enjoyed talking to them, but never knew of the italy connection. glad they were able to go there and enjoy life. he will be missed

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Guest
Mar 28

I am deeply saddened to learn that Ren has passed away. I have known him and Pam for decades and always enjoyed visiting the studio and listening to tales of Italian adventures for hours. Their dinner plates, soup dishes and cereal bowls are still my primary ceramics. My deepest condolences, Pam.

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Guest
Mar 28

One year we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we had won the door prize at Sycamore Pottery on the OTMST. We went over to pick up the prize and spent a lovely afternoon listening to Pam & Ren tell us about their adventures in Italy.. Ren was an especially good storyteller and we were honored to spend some time with him.. His talents and presence will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Pam.

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Mar 28

My last visit to Sycamore Pottery, my friend, Ren, gave me a special coffee cup he and Pam made for me.

My wife, Peggy, and I met Ren and Pam many years ago at the Arts Fair and after talking with them knew we wanted to continue our conversation and liked them very much.


Peggy and I have ever since visited Sycamore Pottery during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour to spend time talking with them, buying pottery, lamps and bowls.


One our memories was Ren baking bread while the kiln was heating up.

Ren often brought me in the back of the shop just to have wonderful conversations between the two of us.


Ren was a remarkable person…


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