“To those devoid of imagination, a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” ―
Paula Winokur’s work was deeply influenced by information she gathered from sites in the natural environment. During trips to Iceland and Greenland she observed calving glaciers and massive icebergs. The experience led to a body of work examining climate change. When Watershed Executive Director Fran Rudoff and radio producer Julie Burstein visited Paula at her home in Horsham, Pennsylvania, she shared stories and observations from her adventures, giving us a glimpse into her makeup as an artist who was captivated by the power, beauty, and value of the natural world.
Burstein intended to continue her conversation with Winokur during another visit, but unfortunately Paula’s health began to fail and she passed away in early 2018. Her loss is deeply felt by many in the clay community, and most strongly by those who knew her best. During the second portion of this podcast, Burstein speaks with Nancy Selvin, artist and close friend of Winokur, and Jennifer Zwilling, curator at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The pair offer their own perspectives on Winokur’s work and her influential role in the ceramics field.