“My sculptures thrive through my constant inventions and discoveries with clay and mixed media. They are intended to surprise and lead you into your own discoveries about play and the irrational through dreams and fantasy.”
Paula Collins has been working and creating ceramic figurative sculpture for over 25 years. The foundation of her work stems from spending many working years on the passenger railroad, meeting many different people as she traveled across the country. Listening to hours of stories about family lore from her customers would become the jumping off point for her own storytelling.
In the nineties, Paula decided to retire from her railroading career. She pulled out her clay tools and began her independent study in clay sculpture. Paula realized her passion for ceramics and would transfer to San Diego State University to set the foundation for her second career, earning her BA in Studio Art and her teaching credential in 2004. She would soon discover that the demands of teaching high school art was getting in the way of her desire to produce more sculptures! The opportunity to sell her work appeared during her part-time teaching assignments.
During this time, Paula was fortunate to have studied with other influential ceramic artists enrolling in various non-degree programs throughout the country, discovering opportunities to customize her education with these programs. Her interest in surrealism developed the more she experimented with the figure. She sought out several contemporary artist that inspired her, Andrea Gill, Patti Warashina, and Cheryl Tall were a few of the artists that has shaped Paula’s work to present day.
In recent years, Paula has focused her attention towards showing her work at fine art shows throughout the country, while running a successful retail business surrounding her work. She has been afforded several accolades in the 2017, including: Best of Show and Most Original at the Beverly Hills ArtShow, Best of Show at the Fallbrook Art Center Guild, and second place at the San Diego County Fair for her ceramic sculptures.