Sherman >> Paula Sibrack Marian, of Sherman, a potter for 45 years, retired as head art teacher at New Milford High School.
She was awarded a year sabbatical in 2005, which she spent as a research intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a student at Parsons School of Design studying Decorative Arts.
Paula, who has a Masters degree in Ceramics, has worked with most clay bodies and firing temperatures; she presently creates ∆06 electric fired earthenware. Her interest in color, pattern and decoration reflects her travel and study in China, Mexico, Romania and Cuba.
She has written articles for many ceramic magazines on these ceramic study trips.
Paula collects various objects to press textures on soft slabs of clay. When fired, these patterns, which are emphasized with slips, are preserved with glaze. Paula’s fascination with handles has evolved into unique ornamentation that echoes her interest in historical decorative detail. Slip trailing often enhances her ceramic decoration.
Paula’s interest in ceramic beads led to collecting new and vintage beads and the design and construction of her “adjustable” necklaces.
Her pottery, necklaces and mirrors will be featured at the White Silo Farm & Winery during the month of July.
The show is titled “Mirror Images” and integrates beads, clay and mirrors. Also in the gallery with Paula will be the paintings of Jessica Ifshin.
A festive opening will be held on Sunday, July 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. White Silo Farm & Winery is located at 32 Route 37 E, Sherman, and is open Fridays 11 to 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 6 PM. For more information contact www.whitesilowinery.com or 860-355-0271.