Paul Eshelman

  • The clay vessels of Eshelman Pottery order and dignify human life. Clarity is given to simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink.

    I am exploring and developing innovative and highly functional slipcast forms. My current work incorporates architectural forms and elements of utilitarian objects and tools, and is influenced by contemporary design.
  • Paul's developing artistic interests were directed along practical lines as he grew up in Iowa. 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. His wife Laurel received a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

    Since 1988, Paul has been working with Laurel in northwestern Illinois. They have three children who all worked in the pottery during their years at home.
  • PUBLICATIONS/COLLECTIONS
     
    Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, Roger D. Corsaw Collection, Alfred, NY
    "Work and Play: The Potter's Life", Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2009 
    These Hands Tell A Story: 25 Years of Handcrafted Art, American Craft Exposition, 2009 
    Mold Making & Slip Casting, Andrew Martin, Lark Books, 2007 
    American Museum of Ceramic Art Permanent Collection, Pomona, California, 2004 
    Twenty-First Century Ceramics in the United States & Canada, Bill Hunt, American Ceramic Society, 2003 
    "In the Land of Lincoln: 20 Illinois Potters", The Studio Potter, June 2003 
    Object Lessons, Toni Sikes, GUILD Publishing, 2001 
    The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin Hluch, Krause Publications, 2001 
    Made In Illinois, State of Illinois, 2001 
    Contemporary Ceramics, Susan Peterson, Watson Guptill,2000 
    "A Cast of Pots", Ceramics Monthly, October, 1992 
    Ceramics Monthly Collection, Columbus, Ohio 
    The Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota 
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Permanent Collection, San Angelo, Texas 

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     
    Lecture & Workshop, Western Michigan Potters Guild, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan 
    Amcor PET, Design Consultant, 2006, Manchester, Michigan 
    Lecture & Workshop, Northern Illinois University, 2006, DeKalb, Illinois 
    Living with American Craft, Craft in Action, Interactive Demonstration, American Craft Exposition, 2005, Evanston, llinois 
    Jars of Clay, Community School of the Arts Seminar, Wheaton College, 2002, Wheaton, Illinois 
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visiting Artist, Ceramic Seminar, 1998, Chicago, Illinois 
    Quad City Arts' Visiting Visual Artist Residency, 1995, Rock Island, Illinois 
    Instructor of Ceramics, North Central College, 1982-1987, Naperville, Illinois 

    SELECTED JURIED ART SHOWS 

    American Craft Exposition, 1989-1994, 1997-1999, 2005-2009, Best of Ceramics Award, 1993, 1997, 1998, Evanston, Illinois 
    Cherry Creek Arts Festival, 2001-2008, Denver, Colorado 
    Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2005, Excellence in Clay Award, 2010, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Saint Louis Art Fair, 1995-2004, 2006-08, 2010, Second Place Award 2007, First Place Award 1995, Clayton, Missouri
    Smithsonian Craft Show, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, Washington, D.C. 

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
     
    2012
     
    The Theatre of Repetition: Slip Cast Ceramics, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts 

    2011
     
    Tea, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois 
    TableSpace, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, New York 
    Cups and Coffee, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Yunomi Invitational 2011, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
     
    2010

    American Pottery Festival/20th Anniversary Edition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
    Illinois Clay 2010: No 'S' in Illinois, Lillstreet Gallery, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois 
    Eighteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
    Paul Eshelman & Gena Ollendieck, Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa 
    Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    The Art of Tea, VisArts, Rockville, Maryland 
    American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
    Figure & Function, Kate Eshelman & Paul Eshelman, Sinsinawa Mound Gallery, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
     
    2008
     
    Our Cups Runneth Over Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts 
    Craft Forms 2008, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania 
    Cast Tableware, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
    Potters from the Galena Area, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, Illinois

    2007 

    Biennial Juried Invitational, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa, Third Place Award 
    Dinnerworks 2007, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky 
    Le Carnaval!, Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa
    Big Muddy, Quigley Gallery, Clark College, Dubuque, Iowa, Honorable Mention Award 

    2006 

    Twenty Dirty Hands, Altgeld Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 
    Forms and Shapes : The Useful Teapot, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa 
    20 Dirty Hands, The Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
    Tea: Engaging the Senses, White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon 
    For the Love of Flowers, Kentucky Museum of Art & Design, Louisville, Kentucky 

    2005 

    For the House & Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan 

    2004 

    Informing function: Paul Eshelman & Delores Fortuna, Terra Incognito, Oak Park, Illinois 
    Fifteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas 
    Art at the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Moline, Illinois 

    2003 

    Twenty-First Century Ceramics in the US and Canada, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
    Forms and Shapes - Cups, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa 
    For Two/Tea for Tea, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    2002

    Treasures, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 
    Less is More: Ceramics with a Minimal Aesthetic, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan 
    VASE, Peck Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island 
    Creations in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois 
    The Vase, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan 
    Utilitarian Ceramic National, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, Juror's Award 

    2001

    Craft Forms 2001, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania 
    Handles & Spouts, Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, Jurors' Mention Award 
    Teapots, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland 

    2000 

    For the House & Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
    The 13th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas 

    1999

    Let it Pour, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
    National Crafts 1999, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
    10th Anniversary Teapot Show, A. Houberbocken, Inc., Cudahy, Wisconsin 
    Earthy Treasures, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan 
    Fifty-Fifth Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa 

    1998

    1998 International Orton Cone Box Show, Baldwin City, Kansas, traveling exhibition
    1998 Tabletop, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    1997 

    Form and Function, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan 
    Objects of Desire, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 

    1996

    Tabletop, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Functional Ceramics 1996, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio 
    The Artful Cup, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan 
    Teapots and Tabletop, The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio 

    1995

    The Tenth Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, Merit Award 
    The Third Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Honorable Mention Award 

    1994

    Tabletop Concepts "94, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana 
    Three Elegant Craftsmen, The Pottery, Galena, Illinois 
    Gifts for the Table, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, Illinois 

    1993

    Pets: Artists and an American Obsession, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin 
    The Eighth Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas 

    1992

    The Seventh Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas 
    The Clay Cup IV, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 

    1991 

    The Sixth Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, Merit Award 
    The Dining Experience: A Craft Expression, Luckenbach Mill Gallery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
    New Visions -Forms with Function, Northfield Pottery Works, Northfield, Illinois 

    1990
     
    The Ceramic Vessel: Traditional Notions -Recent Directions, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois 
    The Clay Cup III, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 
    The Ceremony of Drinking, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 
    Tempests and Teapots, A. Houberbocken, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Boat Snack Set
Boat Snack Set $95.00
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Small Casserole black
Casserole from $175.00
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Corrugated Bowl black
Corrugated Bowl from $100.00
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Espresso Cup copen blue
Espresso Cup $30.00
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Fan Plate Collection
Fan Plate Collection from $35.00
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Five Piece Fan Serving Set, top view
Five Piece Fan Serving Set $180.00
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Geometric Form Vases in white
Geometric Face Vase $90.00
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Handled Serving Bowl end view
Handled Serving Bowl from $100.00
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Handled Soup Bowl, black
Handled Soup Bowl $52.00
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Oval Cup white side view
Oval Cup $42.00
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Oval Teapot, 3/4 view
Oval Teapot $150.00
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Personal Teapot, white
Personal Teapot $150.00
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Small Rectangular Tray copen blue
Rectangular Tray from $100.00
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Ripple Cups black, blue, white
Ripple Cup $35.00
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Square Cup white
Square Cup $42.00
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Square Shoulder Vase front view
Square Shoulder Vase $140.00
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Sugar and Creamer
Sugar and Creamer $125.00
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Tall Oval Cup copen blue, white, black
Tall Oval Cup $48.00
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