“We’re still making things that we made 3,000 years ago," says Paul Brothe. "We might decorate and market them differently, but the basic elements are the same.” His love of ceramics began when he was 13, working part time in a local ceramic shop. His longtime interest in ceramics led him to return to ceramics as a second career. As a designer, Paul is inspired by traditional pottery techniques as well as historically based elements such as trompe l'oeil effects. Making the practical extraordinary is the challenge of all designers, and Paul credits his research of world ceramics with providing the spark to create unique pieces.