Master Ceramist Will Be Featured at North Valley Art League

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“Complete Circle,” an exhibition of recent work by Palul, a local master ceramic artist, will be showing at the North Valley Art League (NVAL) during the month of August.

This exhibition features large classical forms exploring color, texture and symbolism in abstract landscape motifs.  Palul’s pieces are the result of more than 43 years of clay experience. Also known as Paul Rideout, Palul, 72, is a ceramics instructor for Shasta College as well as a fine artist.

Speaking of his latest collection, Palul says, “In 1970, when I first started in clay, I looked at history and concluded the best pots were the classical forms of the Sung Dynasty of the 1200s.  I’ve tried to emulate them and now, after over 40 years in clay, I’ve begun to approach these forms from a 20th century viewpoint.”

New technologies have pushed aside the old boundaries of the Sung, but by blending the old with the new, Palul is able to break up the many personal landscapes in his mind and reconstruct the fragments using a multitude of decorative techniques that he has acquired over the years. The result is his latest works titled “Complete Circle.”

Palul says, “The complete circle starts with nature and ends with nature.”

From July 30 to August 24, 2013, Palul’s work, which includes large ceramic vessels and functional wall art, can be seen at the NVAL gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

A reception will be held on August 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Saturday Night Art Walk.

Palul will speak about his recent work during the NVAL general meeting on August 26 at 7 p.m.  The public is invited.

The North Valley Art League gallery is located at 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, in Caldwell Park. For more information or to schedule an interview with Palul, please call 530-223-0776 or email Palul at You can also visit Palul’s website,, or the NVAL website at

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  1. Avatar Melissa says:

    Palul will be teaching through Shasta College at the new Green Room Studio operated by the Tehama County Arts Council in Red Bluff. More information can be found here: