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Paul Eshelman

Medium: Ceramics

Booth #: GS52C

Artist bio: The work of Paul Eshelman enters an age noted for frenzied activity and visual distraction. This fragments our lives in profound ways. Functional pottery is Eshelman’s cultural attempt to bring order and human dignity to the merely physical act of consuming food and drink. As the pots are used daily, his hope is that they carry measures of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit. He imagines people at a dinner table, workspace, or office cubicle where food and drink are served and humanized by hospitable, well-ordered pots.

Paul received a B.A. in art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. The pieces are made using a casting process in molds Paul designs and makes. The clay body is a red stoneware; the glazes are all lead free.
Eshelman’s pots have gone out to enhance the lives of people across the country and are in service at the Alinea group restaurant, Roister, in Chicago and at Teaism in Washington, DC. The work has appeared in numerous books and magazines and has been displayed in galleries and museums including:

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, New York
The Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota
Northern Clay Center, Minnesota
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, New York

Artist Statement: The functional slip cast forms are geometric and clean; handles and surfaces are kept very, very simple. The pure surfaces without ornamentation emphasize the materiality of clay and glaze; a red clay body adds warmth and life. The vessels order and dignify human life.
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