Close

Happening in...

  • 0
    Days
  • 0
    Hours
  • 0
    Minutes
  • 0
    Seconds

August 21, 2017


Play

Eshelman Pottery

On your way to Galena, plan a side trip to the studios of one of America’s favorite contemporary potters.

Image courtesy of IOT.

Paul Eshelman at Eshelman Pottery, Illinois

Eshelman Pottery

Share 'Eshelman Pottery'

In the charming farm town of Elizabeth, just a short drive from Galena, and nestled along the rolling countryside of northwestern Illinois, discover the pottery studios of Paul and Laurel Eshelman.

| words

In the charming farm town of Elizabeth, just a short drive from Galena, and nestled along the rolling countryside of northwestern Illinois, discover the pottery studios of Paul and Laurel Eshelman.

From the moment you first walk into the gallery, you're struck by collections handcrafted by an artist who has dedicated his career to melding daily functionality with clean, pure stoneware glazes.

Each piece — from cups to plates to serving dishes — is inspired by Paul’s vision of bringing everyone together around a dinner table. His works reflect an artful expression of the everyday, bold, innovative, austere and practical; or as Paul deftly segments on his website masthead —Eat, Drink, Serve, Pour, Arrange.

Eshelman pottery is featured in art shows across America, recognized by fans and contemporaries alike as an ode to an era of stylized utility. You can also see Paul’s work in contemporary, well-reviewed restaurants, including Chef Grant Achatz’s Roister in Chicago’s Fulton Market District.

Meet more Illinois makers at Illinois Made.


Love the Story?
Save to Favorites Remove from Favorites

Related Reads:

On a Bicycle Built by Hand On a Bicycle Built by Hand

On a Bicycle Built by Hand
in Illinois MadeChicago

Mike Salvatore’s custom bike shop and craft coffeehouse combine for a stop that’...

Rockford Art Deli Rockford Art Deli

Rockford Art Deli
in Illinois MadeArts & CultureArts

It started with a band of artists sharing the same vision: to create a local hyb...

MainFraiM MainFraiM

MainFraiM
in Illinois MadeIllinois MakersCraftsArts

In a workshop in Rockford, artisans turn old elevator shafts, planes and salvage...