Paula Sibrack Marian...
has been a potter for over 50 years. She earned an undergraduate art degree from Kalamazoo College and Master's Degree in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University. Paula retired as Head Art Teacher at New Milford High School, where she taught Ceramics, Graphic Design and Advertising Art & Design.
Paula was awarded a year sabbatical in 2005, which she spent as a research intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a student at Parsons School of Design (Decorative Art). She was on the Board of Directors of Studio Potter Magazine for 10 years. A yearly participant at NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), she has presented several papers to this professional group and taken part in national NCECA shows. Paula is a founding Board member (1990) of the K-12 National Ceramics Exhibition.
Her interest in global ceramics led Paula to receive several study and travel grants. She studied pit firing in Mexico, slip trailing in Romania, porcelain making in China and political art in Cuba. Author of articles for Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter Magazine, Critical Ceramics, and The NCECA Journal, She is the recipient of the Harvard Teacher's Prize and the CT State Department of Education Celebration of Excellence award for her original project, Team Teapots.
Paula has worked with most clay bodies and firing temperatures; presently she uses cone 06 electric fired earthenware and terracotta. Her work is both thrown on the pottery wheel and handbuilt. Her travels and studies play a large part in her whimsical patterns and colorful palette. She has been a member of Connecticut Clay Artists (CCA) since 1983 and enjoys being part of the cooperative art gallery, Gallery 25, located in the New Milford railroad station. Paula enjoys camaraderie and professional collaboration with colleagues who have become friends. Paula maintains a home studio in Sherman, CT.