Many of my sculptures represent two forms pulling away from, or compressing against, each other. They act as metaphors for human relationships that are based on impending separation or forced attachment. Many people find the development of relationships to be a source of anxiety, and I attempt to express this interactive struggle through the physical movement of the clay.
42" x 42"
Stoneware Ceramic on a Plywood Backing
Made in New York, USA
In the mid 70’s Paul helped Takashi Nakazato with firing in his Ryuta kiln. While helping, Paul met Shigeyoshi Morioka who is from Wakayama prefecture. The two started working together and Paul mastered wood firing. In the 80’s Paul returned to New York and let his works known to the world. He is an important figure within the relations between the Japanese and American ceramic community. His giant clay pieces are now parts of museum collections internationally; his most recent piece being included in a museum in Changwon, South Korea.
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