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Eshelman Pottery

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

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Paul Eshelman at Eshelman Pottery, Illinois

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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.

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