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Faculty: Paul Portelli

Paul Portelli,
Paul Portelli, a professional sculptor, manipulates the natural beauty and versatility of terra cotta clay with colour and glazes to create his popular Greenman, whimsical circus animals, Venetian carnival figures, a full range of functional pieces and figurative work. Many of Paul's works have been exhibited in public and private galleries and are held in private collections in Canada, the US, Europe, and Africa (Ghana: President John Agyekum Kufuor and King Safrotwe Kakradae IV). After graduating in Fashion Arts from Seneca College, he continued his studies in Visual Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Sir Sandford Fleming College (Haliburton School of Art + Design). Paul has been an instructor in visual arts and business departments at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Durham College, Seneca College and Ryerson University. In addition to his career in art and teaching, he is a specialist in retail design, merchandising and event coordination. He operated a gallery/sculpture studio for 22 years and was instrumental in developing the branding and advertising campaign in his community. He has worked with many major retailers in visual merchandising and event planning, including Holt Renfrew, Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, Lindt Chocolates and Mercedes Benz. Paul is the author of articles in many Canadian publications, such as Crafts Plus, Style and Men's Wear Canada, and also has made regular guest appearances on television shows, Cityline, Craftscape and Savior Faire. www.paulportelli.com

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