Paul "Bear" Bradford, Artist

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“Creativity is my compass, to guide me in an artistic pathway. Finding the right fusion of earth, fire and air is the ongoing challenge that beckons me.”

Paul "BEAR" Bradford

Colorado born with Nez Perce ancestry, Paul lives in California's Banning Pass. His interest in pottery includes a variety of art forms and Paul draws his inspiration from nature and it’s surroundings, the Southwest and the Orient. It is his belief that inner vision and consciousness are synonymous with Mother Nature or as the artist in him says, “to be one with your clay.”

His pursuit of knowledge of the origins of Southwest Pottery has taken him to the mesas and pueblos under the tutelage of Sharon Dryflower of Taos Pueblo and Hopi artist Mark and Diane Thabo of First Mesa. His more contemporary pottery reflect the teachings of some of today's most influential artists such as Otto and Vivika Heino, Beatrice Woods and Tom Coleman.

Paul is a member of the Southwest Association of Indian Arts, First Americans in the Arts and the American Ceramic Society Design Chapter. Paul was a founding member and first President of PCAF (Pass Cultural Arts Foundation), is a founding member of AIR (Artists in Residence), a current member of Morongo Basin Arts, a charter member of American Crafts Council and National Potters Council, a member and consultant to the Board of the San Gorgonio Pass Artists and proudly sits on the Board Of Directors of the Riverside Arts Council.

Paul has taught at Everywoman’s Village in Van Nuys, California. He established the ceramics program for Monart School of Art in Tarzana, California. He sat on the Board of Directors for the San Fernando Valley Arts Council, was vice President of Arts Alive in the San Fernando Valley to promote Art in Public Places and was selected by Los Angeles Mayor Riorden's office to be a featured Artist in the Millennium Celebration with the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles. While teaching at Every Women's Village, Paul was known as "potter to the stars."

He has had the privilege of teaching pottery to Jacqueline Bisset, Kati Segal, Marley Matlin and also was employed as a script consultant. Some of his TV work included What's Your Hobby with HGTV; commercials include Glendale Federal Savings, Old El Paso (Nacho Man series), and making pottery for Carrow's Restaurants menus. He also made pottery pieces for a cornflake commercials, Ortega chili and for a Japanese movie. Paul has been the featured Potter of the Los Angeles County Fair for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and the potter for the Riverside Arts Council at the Orange Blossom Festival and currently teaches for the City of San Bernardino. He has done historical pottery demonstrations at Stagecoach Days in Banning, Calico Ghost Town, the offical potter of Puebla de Los Angeles at Alvera Street, Whittier Founders Day, Governer Pio Pico's Mansion, Perris Railroad Museum, Highland Citrus Festival, Norco Fair, Perris So Cal Fair, Cabot's Pueblo Museum Desert Hot Springs, American Gas and Steam Engine Assoc. in Vista, a stunt man/pottery cowboy at the Flying "M" Dude Ranch in Indio and at the Rawhide Ranch, Temecula. Paul Bear has been the "Arts Program Manager" for the Riverside Arts Council.

Paul's work has been displayed at the Canterbury Museum of Art in Christchurch New Zealand and has collectors of his art in Japan and Europe as well. Locally, his work has been featured at the Edward Dean Museum, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Mission San Gabriel (permanent collection),  and the Banning Center for the Arts. Recently Bear won the California State Fair, finishing first place and best in the division in wheel throwing, hand building and sculpture. This is the first time in over a decade that one artist has had a clean sweep winning all three categories. Has been the featured artist at the grand opening of The Haven Art Gallery and featured at US Banks as well. Bear also is on the Board Of Directors of the BPAL (Banning Police Activities League) where we are making a difference one child at a time. In addition Bear fired and assisted in the installation on of a tile mural 22' long and 13 ' high with the GREAT program (Gang Resistance Education and Training) witch was published nation wide. Bear has had letters of commendation From Senators from Riverside. He teaches the "GATE" Program (Gifted And Talented Education) for Banning Unified School System, at Clubb Mudd which he started. Clubb Mudd is the only "free" after school Ceramic Program in the County of Riverside.