Paula Shalan

West Stockbridge, MA

My work is hand built from white earthenware using coil, pinch, and slab construction. A fine clay slip -terra sigillata - is applied, the work is polished, and then smoke fired. I am drawn to the naked or simply clad clay pot. Just as a woman’s silk slip emphasizes every curve and crevice of her body, terra sigillata shows off the nuances of the clay surface and highlights its form. Its reflective satin sheen contrasts with the light absorbing, matte surface of the bare clay. It is the play between shine and matte, texture and smooth, interior and exterior, that interests me.
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