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Paula Shalan

Biography to Display: 

1963 Born Boston, Massachusetts 



1986 BA Studio Art/Child Development, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY 



1992 -  present Potter 

1996- present Teacher, pottery, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 


Paula Shalan is known for non-functional low-fired white earthenware pottery vessels. Surface treatment includes stamping, printing, and then painting white terra sigilattand/or slips, wiping a layer off, and hand burnishing. The final smoky appearance is achieved through pit-firing.  


Bibliography to Display: 

Farrell, James. “Conversations in Clay: Honoring the Earth with Paula Shalan.” Mountain Living Magazine, July 28, 2021. Accessed 08-22-2023 

Norris, Scott.” Earthenware of Paula Shalan.” Ceramics Art and Perception 88, June 1, 2012. 

Reade, Nathanial. “Ceramicist Paula Shalan: Digging the Earth.“ New England Home, May 6, 2017. Accessed 08-23-2023 

Roberts, Diana Lyn. “Paula Shalan’s Primal Elegance and Earthy Refinement.” Ceramics Monthly 66 no. 4, April 2018. Accessed 08-22-2023. 



Artist's Studio: Paula Shalan Ceramics


Typical Marks

Signature “Paula Shalan” scratched into raw clay on base of pot.

Paula Shalan
Paula Shalan
Covered Jar
Date: 2019
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 25, 2023.