Paula Shalan received her BA in Studio Art and Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been teaching art for over 20 years, including ceramics and multi media at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires for the past 12. She held the position of Head of the Young Artist Department where she helped develop both the five to seven-year old and the teen summer programs. She has taught at various private and public schools in the Berkshires and at the Berkshire Museum. Her smoke fired ceramics have been shown both locally and nationally. Currently, her ceramics can be seen at The Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as at Paradise City Arts Festivals and Craft Boston retail shows.