Paula Shalan

West Stockbridge, MA

I use the direct, hand-to material methods of pinch, coil and slab construction. In an attempt to capture the soft sensual surface of clay, I do not use any glaze material. I polish areas and use some colored clay slips. I distill my naturalist's observations into formalized elements expressed through the vessel. By paying acute attention to how I handle the clay and its reaction to my touch, I am forever discovering its seemingly endless subtleties. I want my clay vessels to hold and convey some portion of the immense beauty found in the physical world.
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