In his early ceramic work Paul Dresang produced fully functional vessels, an approach he abandoned once he started to work with porcelain in 1985. With this change, he began to explore the surreal images he could create with ceramics. He is known for sculpting teapots enclosed in "unzipped" ceramic "bags." This motif emerged from the artist's interest in the opposing ideas of constraint and breaking free. This theme later led him to incorporate other common objects such as children's toys or household wares. Dresang focuses his work on everyday items because he hopes that they will evoke a memory or experience, providing viewers a personal connection to his sculptures.