Throughout her career Paula has had a strong focus on sculptural, narrative work – telling stories through the use of female imagery, including the torso, the archetypal house form, and the vessel. She is also interested in the use of Milagros, or miracles in Spanish, and their symbolism. These ideas are incorporated into her functional pottery, along with more organic references such as wood, leaves, flowers and animals. Her interpretation of these elements is full of whimsy, often playful in a Dr. Seuss kind of way. Paula believes that enjoying food is to enjoy “the whole experience”, the hand-made meal, the hand-made dishes and the soul of the artist.
"I am a creative person, I love to travel, decorate, garden, bake and throw parties. Everything I do is a creative act." ~ Paula Smith