I respond to the exciting colors, forms, and textures in the world around me. Forms found in nature, as well as human elements, are the subjects of my hand built reliefs and imaginative sculptures. I experience a sense of peace and personal growth as I arrange these components in my mind using clay to bring the images to a state of presentation.
Porcelain is my primary medium of choice because of its satisfying texture and malleability. All of the pieces are modeled and sculpted to add details. No molds are used. The pieces are bisque fired. They are painted with underglaze and then re-fired. Precisely detailed features and textural embellishments are a hallmark of my hand built work. It is my hope that the level of detail in the work will engage viewers and create a dialogue between the representation of my vision and their personal perspectives.
Paula Bell is a ceramic artist who uses porcelain to create fanciful, detailed, one of a kind vessels and sculptures.
Mrs. Bell considers herself to be primarily self-taught. She learned basic hand building techniques from internationally known sculptor Jean Juhlin. Her work began appearing in juried fine arts shows in the Chicago area in September, 1984. Pieces were commissioned and purchased for collections.
Mrs, Bell moved to Wilmington, Delaware with her family, in 1985, and returned to her original profession as a teacher. She resumed working with clay, full time, upon her retirement from teaching in 2004. Her work has appeared locally in galleries, the Academy Craft Show, the Oxford Fine Arts Show, and the Rehoboth Art League Juried Regional Biennial Show. She works in her studio located in Oxford, Maryland.