238 N Main St
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028
2017 ART FAIRS
American Craft Council
St. Paul Show
St. Paul River Center
St. Paul, MN
Smithsonian Craft Show
Marion Arts Festival
57th Street Art Fair
Lakefront Festival of the Arts
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: The Original
Ann Arbor, MI
St. Louis Art Fair
Twenty Dirty Hands
Galena + Elizabeth, IL
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
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.