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Medium: Ceramics

Booth #: GS56C

Culture has been defined as what we make of the world. Paul Eshelman’s pots enter an age noted for frenzied activity and visual distraction. Functional pottery is his cultural attempt, through the material of clay, to bring order and human dignity to the merely physical act of consuming food and drink. As his pots are used daily, Paul’s 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.

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. Clarity is given to his simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink.

Paul received a B.A. in art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and an M.F.A. in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1988, Paul and his wife Laurel, have been living and making pottery in Elizabeth, a small farming community in northwestern Illinois. They have three children who all worked in the pottery during their years at home.

The pottery has gone out to enhance the lives of people across the country. They 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
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Northern Clay Center, Minnesota
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, New York

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