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Paul Eshelman
Eshelman Pottery
238 N Main St
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028
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Paul Eshelman’s clay vessels order and dignify human life. The simple fueling of one’s body can be given poignancy and weight when the vessels used are not heartless disposables but well-crafted pots that serve with elegance. Clarity is given to his simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink.

Paul’s developing artistic interests were directed along practical lines as he grew up in Iowa. Simple utilitarian objects such as those produced by American Shakers guided him aesthetically. He 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 has been living and making pottery in Elizabeth, a small farming community in northwestern Illinois.

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. The wares may be safely used in the microwave and dishwasher as well as the conventional oven if the oven is not preheated. (Casseroles may be used in a preheated oven.) The pieces should provide many years of service.


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257 Iowa Ave.

Iowa City, IA 52240

2022 Pottery shows
May 21, 2022
Marion Arts Festival​

Marion, IA

June 24-26, 2022
Des Moines Art Festival
Des Moines, IA


October 14, 15, 16
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
Galena Country Journal
American Craft Council, In My Studio