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Bruce Eppelsheimer (1915-1989) - American Studio Potter

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Pottery7668 of 11578Unmarked Asian jar?????  "Nemadji" Pottery Vases / Circa 20th Century
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Although I collect many things, glass and ceramics are my main focus. Each has its particular attractions for me. With pots one of those attractions is often knowing who made the object you are holding/viewing; when and where the potter lived, some of their life history, maybe even his/her fingerprints in the clay - a degree of familiarity not as often found in glass.

    This being said, there are so, so many potters about which little is known. Is the example you are holding a good expression of the potter's work, or a poor one? If you find it "good", are you wrong or why didn't the potter become more well known?

    Such thoughts cross my mind when I hold this pot by Bruce Eppelsheimer. I know little about him. He was a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and may have lived at one time in Epsom, New Hampshire & also in Illinois it is believed. He exhibited at the Ceramic Nationals in 1964.

    I like this pot - the colors and the shape. It's about 7 inches tall and reminds me of an acorn. I love the glazes - a strawberry red base glaze with a peppering of blackberry colored spots and an occasional aqua smudge - covered in a moving/sliding cream and mustard glaze.

    Please see the close-ups to fully appreciate the glaze.

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    1. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 7 years ago
      Yes, got it on eBay -

      The colors & the appearance of movement of the glaze made this one special for me.

    2. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 7 years ago
      Yes it could be a detail from an abstract or impressionist painting
    3. inky inky, 7 years ago
      I do love the colours in your pot..and at first when you glance at it it's elegantly simple in form but!!!.. then when you look at it again as well as being those's more...very nice...:-)
    4. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 7 years ago
      Thanks again Penny, I appreciate your comments very much
    5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      wow! i really love this piece!
    6. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 7 years ago
      Thanks ho2cultcha
    7. pambenton, 3 years ago
      Bruce K Eppelshaimer was born in Des Moines Iowa, gotten a degree in business admin from Bradley in IL. He became ill while serving in the Navy , he was recuperating at Chelsea Navel hospital which is where he became interested in working with clay . He credited the Red Cross instructors with starting him in that direction. After he was discharged he lived in Back Bay and was referred to as "a promising young pottery designer".

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