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Paul Eshelman
Eshelman Pottery
238 N Main St
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028
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Culture has been defined as what we make of the world. Functional pottery is Paul Eshelman’s 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, Illinois. 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 held in permanent museum collections 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

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas

Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, New York


Outside the Lines Art Gallery
1101 Main St
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 583-9343
101 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 776-9166



257 Iowa Ave.

Iowa City, IA 52240

Art/Gallery shows


Feb 28 - April 5

Twenty Dirty Hands Show

Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery

UW Platteville
Platteville, WI

Apr 19 - 20 

Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House,
Art Scene

Rockford, IL

May 18
Marion Arts Festival

Marion, IA

July 13 - 14

Art Fair on the Square Madison

Madison, WI


October 18-20
Twenty Dirty Hands
Elizabeth & Galena, IL
Hazel Green, WI
Dubuque, Asbury & Maquoketa, IA



Paul Eshelman's Handled Soup Bowl Illustrated by Hannah Marshall, Pottery Making Illustrated

Raised in Clay by Hannah Marshall, Ceramics Monthly

Table Space  Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University


Illinois Makers
American Craft Council, In My Studio

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