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Paul Eshelman

My clay vessels order and dignify human life. Always drawn to the functional object, I give clarity to my simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink. The colorful satin pieces bring joy in use.

My developing artistic interests were directed along practical lines as I grew up in Iowa. Simple utilitarian objects such as those produced by American Shakers guided me aesthetically. I received my B.A. in art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and my M.F.A. in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1988 I have been living and working in Elizabeth, a small farming community in northwestern Illinois.

I make the pieces using a casting process in molds I design and make. The clay used is a red stoneware which has been fired to vitrification; this yields a tough, nonporous surface. 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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Paul Eshelman, Large Handled Serving Bowl, Ceramic, 4" x 11.5" x 12.5", 2015

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