Ceramics by Paula Wenzl Bellacera

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Paula Wenzl Bellacera is a Sacramento native and has been part of the Northern California art scene for over 20 years. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally including in Chicago, Kathmandu, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Seattle. She has won several awards and has been published in books and magazines. Paula shares some thoughts on her creative process and her passion for creating three-dimensional forms with clay…

“All my life I have been fascinated with form and color. During my youth I watched my mother dabble in various art media; eventually she settled on ceramics. Inspired by her explorations I struck out on my own. I focused on the two-dimensional plane first with photography, then painting, and finally printmaking. Recently I began attending a community Raku night where I discovered my true joy is interacting with clay and creating three-dimensional forms. The spontaneity and plasticity of the medium makes handbuilding a process of discovery – full of surprises. My approach is a collaboration where the clay and I work together to discover hidden shapes and reveal emotions and personalities through animal forms.

Just as friends and acquaintances have their own distinctive traits and behaviors, each of my sculpted animals has personality and expresses a unique character. When people step into my world (via studio or gallery), they often smile and chuckle as they recognize a bit of themselves, their pets, friends or family members in the postures and expressions of my sculptures. In this work, my intention is to present the best of humanity through our animal friends and to help us laugh and love our differences and ourselves.”

Here are some of her amazing ceramic creations…

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