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Paul Kotula

Biography to Display: 


1981BFA Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

1989MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


1985-1987Gallery Director, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan

1993-2005Director, Revolution Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan

2006—Sole Proprietor, Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, Michigan

Instructor, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

2009—Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


Paul Kotula is known for hand-built or wheel-thrown stoneware functional ceramics. Signature forms include tableware, especially squared plates. Kotula's plates feature rims that are developed using a double-walled construction method, adding volume to an otherwise flattened form. Works are glazed using a minimal decorative palette of lines or shapes. Kotula's finished surfaces typically appear in a variety of earth tones, shades of black, or tints of white.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan


Bibliography to Display: 

“Paul Kotula: On art, design and living in the Motor City.” American Craft (December/January 2009).  



Typical Marks
ca 1990
Date: ca 1990
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Eric Van Eimeren Collection
Photo: TMP
Eric Van Eimeren Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 29, 2019.