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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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Delia in Blue
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 202
$ 161.60
Daisy Heart in Yellow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 184
$ 147.20
Amory in Old Copper
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Black Eyed Susan in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
$ 83.20
Anita in Amethyst
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 156
$ 124.80
Anita in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
$ 131.20
Maya in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 160
$ 128
Beatrice
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Ceramic Wall Sculptures
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 105 - $ 120
$ 84 - $ 96
Pequena Esperanza
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 115
$ 92
Moroccan Hamsa
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Denim Hamsa
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Sandra
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
$ 83.20
Lupe's Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Camino
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Delores
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Frankie's Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Butterfly Garden
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 230
$ 184
Annie's Fatty in Yellow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
$ 83.20
Maya
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 156
$ 124.80
Baby Radiance
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 104
$ 83.20
Margaret
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Marie's Travels
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Adventures of Ali
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 202
$ 161.60
Dreaming of Barcelona
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 214
$ 171.20
Somebody's Trellis in Blue
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 202
$ 161.60
Stained Glass Band
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Bernadine's Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 236
$ 188.80
Bleita's Ballerinas
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Julia's New Look
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 122
$ 97.60
Mi Amor
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 210
$ 168
Frida
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
$ 144
Rumors about Renee in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
$ 131.20
Flowers for Nicole
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 156
$ 124.80
Rumors about Renee
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 156
$ 124.80
Indian Summer
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 184
$ 147.20
Mallory
$ 218
$ 174.40
Miss Mosaic in Yellow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Flower Girl
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 70
$ 56
Black Eyed Susan
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Little Miss Mosaic
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Blue Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Lola's Big Sister
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Red Cirque Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 122
$ 97.60
Victoria's Red Fan
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 214
$ 171.20
Sarah's New Basket
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Cori's Button
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Miss Kitty's Stars
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Blue Top Red Tip
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 122
$ 97.60
Radiance Heart
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 164
$ 131.20
Medallion Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Black Medallion Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 112
$ 89.60
Butterfly Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 282
$ 225.60
Sarah's Basket Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Nancy's Fancy, Too!
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 120
$ 96
Burlap Over Buttons
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Pinwheels and Berries
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 192
$ 153.60
Cori's Kaleidoscope
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 220
$ 176
Blanket Stitch and Button
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 99
$ 79.20
Nancy's Blue Heart
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 153
$ 122.40
Red Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 97
$ 77.60
Matilda's Tablecloth
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 210
$ 168
Sally's Pattern
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 112
$ 89.60
Rose Window
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 118
$ 94.40
Small 3 Button Baker
Ceramic Casserole

$ 207
$ 165.60
Little Red Flowers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 153
$ 122.40
Sophia's Cross
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 280
$ 224
Little Jester
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 153
$ 122.40
Daisy Heart in Red
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 196
$ 156.80
Peter's Wings
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
$ 144
Secret Valentine
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
$ 144
Cirque Medallion
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 112
$ 89.60
Little Valentine
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 153
$ 122.40
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