SJCT and San Juan Islands Museum of Art are pleased to present a joint production. Our two organizations have collaborated during our lull in normal operations to produce a series of mini-documentaries highlighting local artists.
Paula West is a studio potter originally from Connecticut and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Studio Art. After Paula moved to San Juan Island, she set up her small, home-based ceramic studio in 1993. For the next ten years she honed her craft and sold her work at regional art and craft shows while working part-time. In 2005, Paula dedicated herself to full-time studio work–opening her studio and showroom to the public.
Merging function, craft, and art; her work is thrown on the potter’s wheel or shaped from rolled slabs of porcelain and stoneware clay. She explores texture, contrast, and line, creating whimsical motifs, geometric patterns, and carved surfaces using Sgraffito and Mishima surface decorating techniques. Her pots are meant to be used; their true beauty expressed through functionality. Paula’s work is collected by locals and visitors alike and can be found gracing many homes and restaurants. She has shown in national juried exhibitions and her studio is a regular on the San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour.