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Meet Stephanie Dukat

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Dukat.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo, New York in a family of makers and craftspeople. My father was a general contractor and my mother and grandmothers were always creating. In high school, my art teacher was an extremely talents ceramicist. After taking her class and seeing her personal work, I was inspired to attend Buffalo State College for Ceramic and Art Education. The Buffalo State Ceramics department became my family and home for the next four years. During and after graduating undergrad, I worked for two as a production screen-printer for a greeting card company, Great Arrow Graphics. This allowed me to learn the ins and outs of screen-printing.

In 2013, I moved to southern Illinois to attend graduate school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for ceramics. In May of 2016, I graduated with my MFA in ceramics from SIU. Since graduating, I have worked as art and middle school substitute teacher and as Program Coordinator at Carbondale Community Arts, curating exhibitions and developing programming. 

Currently, I hold the position of Craft Shop Coordinator at the Southern Illinois University Student Center. I am fortunate to make my personal ceramic work at White Roof Studio the studio of ceramic artist, Harris Deller in Carbondale, Illinois.

Please tell us about your art.
My current body of functional pottery focuses on using the graphic qualities of screen-printing and inlay to create a narrative. The patterns I create are often repetitive in nature, nostalgic, and acting as a commentary on the suburban landscape and its experience. Each symbol gives a slice of the story and make connections to indoor and outdoor spaces we frequent.

My functional pottery is made of porcelain and fired in a gas kiln to approximately 2365 degrees Fahrenheit. The patterns are hand drawn and then burned into a screen then printed on to the green or bisqueware surface.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Go to your local art gallery for receptions. It will give you the opportunity to meet new people and relationships.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I mainly sell my work on Etsy. During the summer, I participate in a few art festivals in the Midwest region and in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. I am a member of the Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail and participate in the annual pottery trail event on the first weekend of May each year. Trail visitors can see my work and visit the studio I work in. It’s a great event that showcases southern Illinois ceramics.

I also have works available at the Craft Alliance Gallery Shop in Saint Louis, Missouri and at the Bricolage Art Collective in Paducah, Kentucky. I often do commissions for Scratch Brewing Company in Ava, Illinois. For the last four years, artist Rob Lorenz and I have created steins for their annual Oktoberfest event. It is amazing to see the entire brewery drinking out of handmade ceramic steins.

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Stephanie Dukat

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