Paula Cooley (Saskatoon, SK) is a full-time clay artist, working and living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Born and raised in southern Ontario, Paula moved to the Prairies in 1989 where she was introduced to clay. Fascinated by clay’s endless possibilities, she proceeded to complete her Diploma in Ceramics at SIAST (Woodland Campus, P.A.) and then her B.F.A at the University of Saskatchewan. Paula works with a wide variety of clays, surfaces and firing techniques to produce both functional pottery and one-of-a-kind ceramic sculpture. Inspired by the natural world Paula’s work is continually evolving as she explores new forms and surfaces.
Paula’s ceramic work features in private and public collections across Saskatchewan, and has been shown in group exhibitions throughout Canada. Her work was selected for the “Unity and Diversity” exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea (2009), the touring exhibition “Prairie Excellence” (2010) and has regularly been juried into “Dimensions”, the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s bi-annual exhibition of the very best fine craft produced in Saskatchewan.