RAM Remembers Paula Winokur

We are sorry to share with you news of the death of another major figure in the contemporary ceramics field. The nationally known ceramic sculptor and educator, Paula Winokur died on February 4, 2018 at the age of 82. She made her reputation creating porcelain sculptures that referenced the landscape. Their white surfaces were folded and manipulated in ways that recall how the land and its elements change and shift over periods of time. Some of her wall pieces are subtly colored with glazes and ceramic pencil drawings. Sometimes, she would include a ceramic piece of fruit or a bowl within these works, recalling a table top still life. In her later career, Winokur’s work became larger in scale and even more directly depicted nature’s rock and ice formations. Her large floor piece in RAM’s collection, Glacier IV: Calving, 2010, dramatically captures this natural process executed in porcelain segments. RAM also holds a drawing and a wall sculpture by the artist.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Winokur taught at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania from 1973 until retirement in 2003. She is a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council and Winokur’s work can be found in many museum permanent collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

To read more about her career