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Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi

"I find joy in the anticipation of opening the kiln, when hours of work and design culminate in a finished piece, and in seeing smiles as people discover my work for the first time."

Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi’s work is about pattern, texture, and a bit of nostalgia. Inspired by old crazy quilts, button boxes, antique textiles, pieces of lace, and other oddities found at the flea market. She gives these finds new life by incorporating the vintage designs into contemporary stoneware pieces. Both Laurie’s Grandmother and Great Grandmother were talented needleworkers. As a little girl, Laurie would spend time admiring the things on her Grandmother’s dresser and in her home. Her Great Grandmother was a weaver and created wonderful rag rugs from old clothing and fabrics. Laurie sees her work as paying homage to the women who came before her while recalling romantic memories from a time past.

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Laurie has worked almost exclusively in clay for more than 30 years. Striving for a non-manicured, somewhat organic look, she layers impressions taken from embroidery, lace, buttons, and handmade stamps into stoneware clay. Her work is somewhat spontaneous and possesses a feminine, playful touch. Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi is perhaps most notably collected for her mastery of glaze patterning and critical attention to detail. Her pallet is lush and vibrant, with rich earthy undertones.

Laurie works full time in her studio occupying a coach house, next to the Victorian home where she lives in West Chicago, IL. Her work can be found in shops and galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy.

Laurie's pottery pieces are made of stoneware clay and all glazes are food safe. They are dishwasher safe, although hand washing is recommended to avoid breakage. Garden pieces should be brought inside when temperatures get below 35 degrees.

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Nikki
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
Delia in Blue
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 210
Anita in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
Maya in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 162
Ceramic Wall Sculptures
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 106 - $ 122
Moroccan Hamsa
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 122
Denim Hamsa
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 122
Lupe's Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 124
Sandra
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
Baby Radiance
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 110
Marie's Travels
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 124
Margaret
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
Mi Amor
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 210
Frida
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 182
Indian Summer
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 185
Flower Girl
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 73
Blue Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 103
Cori's Button
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 105
Radiance Heart
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 170
Medallion Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 124
Butterfly Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 292
Red Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 108
Sally's Pattern
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
Little Jester
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 154
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Marion Arts Festival, Marion, Iowa, Marion, Iowa, 2015
American Craft Retailers Expo, Philadelphia & Las Vegas, Philadelphia & Las Vegas, 2015
America's Mart, Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
American Artisan Festival, 2700 West End Ave, Nashville, Tennessee, 2017
St. James Court, 1387 S. 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 2017
Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Downtown Naperville, Naperville, Illinois , 2015
Fine Art Fair, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois, 2015
One of a Kind Show, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois, 2015