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Artist: Paul Eshelman


Artist: Paul Eshelman
Paul Eshelman, ILLINOIS
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Culture has been defined as what we make of the world. My pots enter an age noted for frenzied activity and visual distraction. This world fragments our lives in profound ways. Functional pottery is my cultural attempt, through the material of clay, to bring order and human dignity to the merely physical act of consuming food and drink. As my pots are used daily, my hope is that they carry measures of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit. I imagine people at a dinner table, work space, or office cubicle where food and drink are served and humanized by a hospitable, well-ordered pot.

The pieces are made using a casting process in molds I design and make. The clay body is a red stoneware; the glazes are all lead free. Clarity is given to my simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink.

The principal design criteria for my work are functional needs. The needed volume of a cup or bowl, the profile of a rim, or the size and shape of a handle are primarily determined by use and user. As in the creation of all things, the processes used largely determine the sense and aesthetics of the final object. My pieces are designed using the visual language of symmetry and asymmetry, form and transitions between forms, and proportion.

EDUCATION
M.F.A. Ceramics, 1981, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
B.A. Art, 1979, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington


COLLECTIONS/PUBLICATIONS
The Bailey Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, Bailey Pottery Equipment, Kingston, New York, 2016

100 Artists 1000 Cups, The Clay Studio, 2016

“Paul Eshelman’s Handled Soup Bowl,” Pottery Making Illustrated, March/April 2016

The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, Roger D. Corsaw Collection, Alfred, New York

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

American Museum of Ceramic Art Permanent Collection, Pomona, California

Glaze: The Ultimate Collection of Ceramic Glazes and How They Were Made, Brian Taylor & Kate Doody, Barron’s, 2014

“Ready to Serve,” American Craft, February/March 2014

500 Teapots, Volume 2, Jim Lawton, Lark Crafts, 2013

TableSpace, Linda Sikora and Albion Stafford, NYSCC at Alfred University, 2012

“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

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Visiting Artist, Alfred University, 2012, Alfred, New York

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,Illinois

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, 2005-2012, Best of Ceramics Award, 1993, 1997, 1998, Evanston,

Illinois
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, 2001-2008, 2012, 2014, Denver, Colorado

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2005, Excellence in Clay Award, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saint Louis Art Fair, 1995-2004, 2006-08, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Second Place Award 2016, 2015, 2007, First Place

Award 1995, Clayton, Missouri

Smithsonian Craft Show, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, Excellence in Ceramics 2016,

Washington, D.C.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016 The Clay Studio: 100 Artists 1000 Cups, NCECA, Kansas City, Missouri

2016 Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa

Cake, The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2015 2015 Biennial, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

A Place at the Table, The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pottery Then and Now, Galena, IL

2014 Get Set, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Craft Forms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, from the ground up, ZOCA, Zanesville, Ohio

Art We Use, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, Honorable Mention Award

Mud: Handmade in the Midwest, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2014 Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa

Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, Illinois

2013 Craft Forms 2013, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania

20 Dirty Hands Group Exhibition 2013, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa

River 2 River, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Honorable Mention Award

Earth Moves: Shirts in Ceramic Art and Design, NCECA and Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, Colorado

Lillstreet Featured Artist, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2012 Cast Pots: Clean & Simple, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln Nebraska

Made By Hands, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois

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

2009 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, The 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

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

 


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