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Paula Cooley is a full-time clay artist, working and living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Born and raised in southern Ontario, Paula moved to the Prairies in 1989 where she was introduced to clay.

Fascinated by clay’s endless possibilities, she proceeded to complete her Diploma in Ceramics at SIAST (Woodland Campus, P.A.) and then her B.F.A at the University of Saskatchewan. Paula works with a wide variety of clays, surfaces and firing techniques to produce both functional pottery and one-of-a-kind ceramic sculpture. Inspired by the natural world Paula’s work is continually evolving as she explores new forms and surfaces.

Paula’s functional pottery is intended for daily use and enjoyment. Her domestic vessels are wheel thrown or hand built with the highest quality clays and food safe glazes. Paula’s domestic ware can be used in the oven and is dishwasher safe.

Paula’s ceramic stags are inspired by the Palaeolithic cave paintings in Lascaux, France. The Stags are hand built, using stoneware clay. Paula starts with slabs of clay, forming them into the various sections of the stag’s body and then joins these components together. Once the stag is completed, it is covered with a coloured slip (a liquid mixture of clay and water) and then salt fired (method of firing where salt in introduced into the kiln once a high temperature has been reached.)

Paula’s “wall pillows” are hand built, individually carved and then glazed. These decorative ceramic pieces are suitable for hanging.

Paula’s ceramic work has regularly been juried into Dimensions, the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s annual exhibition of the very best fine craft produced in Saskatchewan. She has pieces in the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Mann Gallery and the Town of Battleford and has been juried into several national exhibitions. Paula holds Marketing Status with the Saskatchewan Craft Council and sells her work through juried craft markets as well as retail stores.

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