Paula S. Bell
Paula Bell is a ceramic artist who uses porcelain to create fanciful, detailed, one of a kind vessels and sculptures. Exquisitely detailed features and textural embellishments have become a hallmark of her hand built work. Porcelain is her medium of choice because of its texture and malleability. Paula uses forms found in nature, as well as, human elements in her carved reliefs and narrative sculptures. It is her hope that the level of detail in the work will engage viewers and create a dialogue between the representation of her vision and their personal perspectives.
Mrs. Bell considers herself to the primarily self-taught. She began working with clay in January, 1981, enjoying the opportunity to create in direct contact with the medium. She learned hand building techniques from internationally known sculptor Jean Juhlin. She also studied with noted Chicago area sculptors Arlene Siegel and Eleanor Frew. Her work began appearing in juried fine art shows in the Chicago area in September, 1984. The pieces were figurative and oriented toward expressing feelings she absorbed in her observation of other human beings. Pieces were commissioned and purchased for collections.
Mrs. Bell moved back to Wilmington, Delaware with her family in 1985 and returned to teaching. She resumed working with clay upon her retirement from teaching in 2004. She is currently working from her studio at home and the Art Studio in Newport, Delaware.