Paula Smith

Paula Smith

About the Artist

Throughout her career Paula has had a strong focus on sculptural, narrative work – telling stories through the use of female imagery, including the torso, the archetypal house form, and the vessel. She is also interested in the use of Milagros, or miracles in Spanish, and their symbolism. These ideas are also incorporated into her functional pottery, along with more organic references such as wood, leaves, flowers and animals. Her interpretation of these elements is full of whimsy, often playful in a Dr. Seuss kind of way. Paula believes that enjoying food is to enjoy “the whole experience”, the hand-made meal, the hand-made dishes and the soul of the artist.

Paula received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in Rock Hill, SC and is a ceramics instructor at CPCC in Charlotte, NC.

Read our Q&A with Paula for more information.