“Waggle Dance”


“Question of Honor | Lucretia (After Lucas Cranach the Elder) Teapot”

“Steam from Tea – Tribute to Alice in Wonderland”







Estonian, b. 1968, Rakvere, Estonia
lives and works in Cummington, MA

Kadri Pärnamets works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form. Her biomorphic, organic forms provide a means to convey her personal interests ranging from fragile, natural environments to female identity. Her surface treatments feature a range of gesture and expression with either abstract shape or narrative figure painting, inspired by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet.

Pärnamets’ work has been shown internationally at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Tallinn, Estonia), at the International Tea Trade Expo (Shanghai, China), and many others. Since 1996, she has participated in symposiums in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Norway, and Hungary.

Pärnamets graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Dividing her time between Estonia and USA, her primary studio is the USA at Project Art in Cummington, MA. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.


Pärnamets creates works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with abstract and representational painting. Pärnamets’ work is characterized by two modalities, abstraction based on natural forms and representation based on reinterpretation of iconic paintings. The central themes of her work are those to which artists have responded over the centuries. Pärnamets’ biomorphic vases and three-dimensional interpretations of classical images focus on humanity’s integral reliance on both nature and art.


Kadri Pärnamets and I met through the social network of the artists the gallery represents, which is often the way I’ve begun relationships that develop long term. This “net” is actually a form of nurturing that connects one artist to another, first through their professional art practice, and over time, growing to become increasingly personal.

We got to know Kadri during the summer she spent at Project Art working in the studio with Sergei Isupov in 2008. Both artists produced independent works, and while working side by side, they also created a collaborative series. Kadri’s biomorphic forms and Sergei’s painted details merged along the lines of the surrealist game, exquisite corpse, when one artist starts and the next one adds, and is something that came naturally to these two artists. Their international lives in Estonia and USA and time working at international symposia and residencies provided time for collaborations, and now with the dual residencies, they work side by side tackling domestic projects in both of their home environments.

During the course of Nature/Nurture, suddenly in quarantine with their daughter, Roosi who was schooling from home, Kadri’s work in the family studio became focused on a series of small works and collaborative home projects at Project Art.

Due to the extended run of Nature/Nurture, we have been given the opportunity to reflect on paths taken, connections made and shared experiences in our now weekly series of FC News & Stories with each issue focusing on an individual artist in the exhibition. The ON NURTURE statements written by each artist acknowledges family, artist mentors, education and, particularly for Kadri, recognition of nature as inspiration and metaphor for her sculptures. Focusing our attention on “small matters”, Kadri’s sculptures of roots and painted details of common insects and pollinators recognize the foundation of our ecosystem and our inter-dependence – something that has become more obvious to us all as we observe the impact of global warming and the spread of the coronavirus.


My new work is drawn from my roots. Focusing on the little simple things in nature, like bugs and their sounds, these things give us an understanding of time and space. Wherever I hear the sounds of the first fly in the spring or a mosquito buzz in summer I’m reminded of how important it is to keep balance in our surroundings and to appreciate the annual life cycles that begin from most ordinary and common things. Small matters.

FC NEWS & STORIES | NATURE/NURTURE | Kadri Pärnamets | Small Matters and Roots & Pollinators


Kadri Pärnamets presents exquisite paintings of iconic images on three dimensional, voluminous, black and white cloud forms.  Focusing on gesture and expression, Pärnamets selects known classics of female beauty by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet.  Having grown up surrounded by these paintings in museums and books, from childhood to present, she has studied and reflected on the women’s expressions and context.  Revisiting them during various periods of her life, and now as a mother and wife, she has chosen mythical figures to reflect on the human condition.  Sacrifice, service and devotion are seen through the portraits of Venus and Lucretia by Cranach, the bathers of Ingres, nudes of Manet and religious images of Saint Agnes.


My process involves collecting senses, feelings, observations and generally, following my intuition. I use this thoughtful, meditative process to guide me towards the abstract forms and associated colors to express these internal, psychological thoughts. The emotional content of my life is translated and expressed through shapes and colors. I use the plastic expressive qualities of clay in forming the shapes. Color is added to the surface through abraded layers of complimentary colors.


Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets in CLAYTOPIA Summer Festival | Guldagergaard, SkÌlskør, Denmark

2024 | Group Exhibition at Claytopia at Guldagergaard | SkÌlskør, Denmark

July 10th through August 10th, 2024

Claytopia is Guldagergaard’s initiative geared towards engaging the public, offering a unique space within the beautiful park surrounding Guldagergaard.

View the exhibition page HERE


Solo Exhibition at Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA) | 2022

Kadri Pärnamets: THE CHOREOGRAPHY OF WATER featured porcelain sculptures, vases, and cups as a meditation on this universal element.

View the Exhibition Page, HERE.


Group Exhibition at Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA) | 2020 & 2021
Virtual Conference at
NCECA Rivers, Reflections, and Reinvention | 2021

Group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice.

View the Exhibition Page, HERE.

“Nature/Nurture” Installation View, Kadri Parnamets, Mara Superior, 2020.


Virtual Tour of Kadri Pärnamets‘ Moor, Spring Announcers, Noon Dance, Sultry Night, and Waggle Dance in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Kadri Pärnamets Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.



Peripheries: EDGES

May 7th- 29th 2022 The Ceramic House 75 Stanmer Villas Brighton BN1 7HN United Kingdom Featuring work by Kadri Pärnamets ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Peripheries launches EDGES, an ambitious international ceramic and sound...


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