North Carolina ceramics artist Norman Schulman works primarily with large slabs of clay, approximately 3 inches thick and up to 60 inches tall; these are stood on end, propped by one or more usually smaller slabs. By working in this manner, he maintains a sense of weight and importance.
The surfaces are painted with all ceramic materials, primarily engobes and simple glazes, which are visually vibrant and tactile. The imagery stems from what Schulman says "appears in my mind's eye as color shapes, patterns and voids; elements of fantasy or metaphor." These images generally take the shape of figures in a dreamlike landscape, a representation of relationships - usually between a man and a woman.