"I have always been drawn to the functional object. I seek the age-old marriage of elegant function and visually interesting form."
Aesthetically, Paul Eshelman has been guided by Japanese and Chinese crafts, the simple utilitarian objects of the American Shakers, contemporary architecture, and the practicality of Iowa, where he grew up.
His pottery begins from drawings he's done of the things surrounding him rural sheds, storage bins, roof angles, plumbing pieces, boats. These drawings, along with paper models he makes, help him think through a piece. He carves the form of a piece in plaster, creating a mold from which he makes clay vessels. The finished pieces echo the smoothly polished surfaces of the plaster, creating the kinds of elegant functional objects that he admires.
Paul's website is at eshelmanpottery.net.