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Peter Parsons: 1951 – 1993

Peter Parsons

The images in these galleries attest to Peter Parsons’s prolific creative impulses.

Little information has been available to the public on his work until the creation of this web site.

The site show cases his artistic creations and pays homage to the man behind the works.

What is displayed represents a fraction of the totality of works Parsons created. Much of the work is dispersed in private collections.

As information comes to hand it is hoped that biographical details can be added.

For the most part his work is unpretentious, sculptural, non functional and could be described as intricate, organic, playful and whimsical. It has certainly delighted and fascinated collectors.

The material presented here has until recently been kept in storage. Though not definitive, the main galleries presented here are a good cross section of the various themes that Peter explored in his work.

For the curious the ‘Exhibition Notices’ gallery contains some archival material of invitations and exhibition lists.


Peter’s Book

Peter’s final months were spent at home in the care of his Aunt Faye and his partner Lewis.

When word of his illness started to filter through to owners and collectors of his art, letters started arriving asking for background details of his life and works.

In the last weeks of his life Peter decided belatedly that it was time to try to put together some form of pictorial résumé.

Peter’s request to die at home made it easier to find pictures and samples of his work. Peter and one of his prime carers, his Aunt Faye, rushed to get material together for print. Peter went into a coma within a day of receiving the book from the publisher. He was happy with the result though he did confess he should have been more diligent in cataloging his works.

“Peter’s Book” was put together in 1993 without the aid of a computer or decent camera. It is not a definitive statement on his body of work.

It is not known if the pieces selected were his favourites or because he knew he only had days and not weeks to live so he selected whatever was available.

The only conclusion one might draw from this exercise was a testimony to his love for the art form and a sense of belated responsibility to the many who bought his ceramics.

The content of the site has been created with materials provided by Lewis Bock and editorial content in collaboration with Cajetan Mula.