Art and Design

Carrie Anne Parks-Kirby

Carrie Anne Parks completed a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and following college, she worked as an apprentice to potter Takeo Sudo in the pottery village of Mashiko, Japan. She then earned an M.F.A., with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Since 1982, she has been on the faculty of Alma College, Alma, MI, where she teaches ceramics, sculpture, 3D design and drawing. Her figurative drawings and ceramic sculptures are exhibited nationally and have been included in numerous books on contemporary ceramics. Recently, her work has won awards in the Cheongju International Craft Competition in Cheongju, Korea and the Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, IL. Her architectural tile work, and that of her students, can be found on a number of the College’s buildings.




Art and Design

Educational Background

  • M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University (1981)
  • Apprenticeship with potter Takeo Sudo, Mashiko, Japan (1977-78)
  • B.F.A Wesleyan College (1976)


Professor of Art and Design

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Ceramic Sculpture, Architectural Ceramics, and Drawing

My expertise:

My work reflects an ongoing interest in historical ceramic and architectural forms, and the relationship between architectural structures and their inhabitants has long been a subject of my art. In my drawings and ceramic sculptures, I am also exploring contemporary themes through personal, often autobiographical, imagery.

Signature course(s):

Art 101 - Drawing Studio, Art 122 - Tools and Materials, Art 223 - Ceramics, Art 231 - Raku Ceramics, Art 380 - Architectural Ceramics, Art 220 - Sculpture Studio

Recent publications:

• Hale, Julie, ed. 500 Figures In Clay Volume 2. Lark Books, 2014 Migration (photographs on page 244) and Doctors’ Doll: Muscular System (photographs on page 172) 

• Pozo, Angelica, et. al. 500 Tiles, Lark Books, 2008 (photographs on p. 232, pp. 382-383)

• Meilach, Dona Z., Teapots: Makers and Collectors, Schiffer Publishing, 2005 (photograph on page 93)

Recent presentations:

Presenter, Michigan Ceramic Art Association Conference, Delta College, University Center, MI (October 2013)

Presenter, Regional Handmade Tiles and Mosaics Conference, Edina Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, September 18-20, 2009

Creative work:

• Michigan Ceramics 2014, Saginaw Art Museum (October 17 - December 31, 2014); Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI (January 24- May 16, 2015)

• 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, 2014

• For the Love of Animals, The Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI 2014

• History in the Making: Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects, The Firehouse Gallery Rochester, NY, 2013

• Solo Show: Ceramic Sculptures and Drawings, Munroe Gallery, Albion College, Albion, MI, 2013

• Tea for Two: Teapot Show, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2013

• Something To Crow About, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, 2012; Delmarva Discovery Center, Pocomoke, MD, March-May 2013

• Michigan Ceramics 2012, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, 2012

• Fifth International Small Teapot Exhibition, Museum of American Ceramics, Pomona, CA, 2012 (Honorable Mention)

• 19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, 2012

• Feats of Clay XXIV 2011, Lincoln Arts and Cultural Foundation, Lincoln, CA, 2011

• Regional Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw, MI, 2010

• Michigan Ceramics 2010, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, 2010 (Award of Merit)

Other recent accomplishments:

Completed “Performance”, four ceramic tile panels for the Eddy Music Building, Alma College, Alma, MI 2012-2013

Juror, Jack Pine Conference Student Art Competition, Gallery 515, Clare, MI, Spring 2013

Juror, 2013 Art Scholarship Alert Competition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, March 2013

Juror, Sculptures for Discovery Art Contest, Discovery Museum, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Summer 2011