Get Set!

Paul Eshelman, Camila Friedman-Gerlicz & Clay Leonard

November 14, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, November 14, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

This three person exhibition is centered around dinnerware sets for serving and presenting food. The clean aesthetic and meticulous craftsmanship with which they each create their slip-cast and thrown dinnerware is the common thread that creates the grouping for this stunning exhibition.


Paul Eshelman creates innovative and modern slip-cast forms that are highly functional. He is inspired by architectural forms, elements of utilitarian objects and tools, and contemporary design. He uses a red stoneware clay body, and his glazes are clean and pure for an elegant presentation of food and drink. Paul received his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. He and his wife, Laurel, own and operate Eshelman Pottery in the small farming community of Elizabeth, IL.

Friedman-Gerlicz, DinnerSet7, 96 x 80", porcelain

Camila Friedman-Gerlicz’s work is a fusion of her love of math and ceramics. She is intrigued by the challenges and problem solving involved in ceramics. In this body of work, she controls the presentation of each place setting in an attempt to create a level of attention and engagement that may not typically be present when we sit down to enjoy a meal.

02. Triangle Nesting Bowl Set SF

Clay Leonard grew up in a small farming town where community and family gatherings around the kitchen table were a priority. Leonard’s work is inspired by the lost art of communication around the dinner table. His aesthetics are taken from his love of mass-produced objects, subtle design as well as manipulation. He currently serves as the head of ceramics department, and instructor at Bowling Green University in Ohio.

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© Santa Fe Clay 2017