Paul Eshelman
Elizabeth, Illinois

“Aesthetically I have been guided by Japanese and Chinese crafts, European design movements and simple utilitarian objects such as those produced by American Shakers.  I grew up in Iowa where my developing artistic interests were directed along practical lines.  I received my BA in art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and my MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1981, I returned to the Midwest; since 1988 I have been living in Elizabeth, a small farming community in northwestern Illinois.  The clay used in my pieces is a red stoneware that has been fired to vitrification; this yields a tough, nonporous surface.  Areas are left unglazed to contrast visually and tactilely with the glazed surfaces.”