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Emily Duke earned her MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an undergraduate degree in Crafts from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit). Duke has participated in many artist residencies including Arts/Industry residency at the John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, Ox-Bow School of Art and Red Star Studios. She was named an Emerging Artist of 2013 by Ceramics Monthly Magazine for her ceramic sculptures. 


Duke's studio practice is multi-faceted and includes an in depth dedication to making ceramic sculpture, luxury handmade lighting and functional pots for the home


Symmetry, repetition and balance continue to be at the forefront of her design sensibilities.  Duke utilizes a combination of geometric abstraction paired with minimal color and mindful material choices to assemble her work. 


Emily Duke

2016    MFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; Alfred, NY
2009    BFA Ceramics, Graduated Cum Laude, College for Creative Studies; Detroit, MI


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions  

2021      Careless Water,  The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

2018       In The Dark and The Day, Box Gallery, Akron, OH

2017       No Place is Perfectly Round: Emily Duke and Jonas Sebura, Kent State University at Stark, North Canton, OH

2016       LUCID: Emily Duke and Lydia Johnson, Robert C. Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2014       Resident Exhibition: Emily Duke and Shae Bishop, Red Star Studios at Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2013        Digging up the Mudhook, See Art+Design, Detroit, MI

2011        Mapping The Terrain, Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI

                Innate Notes: Emily Duke and Christopher Troutman, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, MI

               Slope and Swale, Frontier Space, Missoula, MT

2010       Israel Davis & Emily Duke,  Destination 1111, 1111 Godfrey Studios, Grand Rapids, MI

2009       REBUILD, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021       2021 NCECA Annual – Social Recession; Curated by Shannon Rae Stratton, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2019       Currents 2019, Silver City Clay Festival, Silver City, NM
               Juried National V, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

2018       Southern Miss Ceramics National; Juried by Anthony Stellaccio, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

               The Clay Studio National; Juried by Beth Ann Gerstein, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

               Fahrenheit 2018 ; Juried by Patti Warashina, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA

               OH+5 '18: Ohio Boarder Biennial, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH

               Currents 2018; An Honest Attempt, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2017      ​SculptureX Symposium Exhibition juried by Laura Mott, Annex Gallery at 333 Midland, Highland Park, Mi
              National Ceramics Invitational, The Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH
              Small Favors XI, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
              CURRENTS 2017 Perception: Color and Content ,University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
              FRESH, Summit Art Space juried annual exhibition, Akron, OH

2016       Vitrified; Curated by Tom Phardel, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
               Dredged I Drawn; invitational group exhibition, FED Galleries at Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
               Alumni Gathering, NCECA, Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studio, Kansas City, MO

2015       Double Presence: Nate Tonning, Victoria Sheehan & Emily Duke, Holding House, Detroit, MI
               Scratching The Surface, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
               Six under Thirty-Six, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
               Variance: Survey of Graduate Work at Alfred University, The Wurks, Providence, RI
               NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Perspectives, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

2014      Not A Cup: Sculptural and Conceptual Ceramics, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
              Currents: Mixtus; juror Eric Kao, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL    
              Selected Emerging Artists of 2013, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
              On the Horizon, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, Florida

2013      The Unexpected; curated invitation by Dennis Gerwin, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
              Perspectives, curated invitation by Diana Pancioli, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
              Reunion: 15 years of Red Star Studios Artist in Residence, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
              FIREPOWER; curated invitation by Tim Mast and Tom Phardel, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
2012     Re:Collect 2012, See Art + Design, Detroit, MI
             Ceramic Surface: Chaos to Perfection, Ann Arbor Arts Center, Ann Arbor, MI
             Sign of the Times, Ox-Bow School of Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI
             Urbanity, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI        
             The General Store in collaboration with Jonas Sebura, Ox-Bow School of Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI     
             Proportional Scale, Butter Projects, Royal Oak, MI
             CCS Alumni Invitation: Scholarship Awards and Exhibition, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI     
             Winter benefit: Ox-Bow School of Artists’ Residency, Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, IL

2011    Re: Collect 2011, Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI
          Ox-Bow Staff Infection, Ox-Bow School of Art Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
            DAM Design Show (invitation), Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI

2010    Re: Collect 2010, Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI
          Nationwide Repercussions, Frontier Space, Missoula, MT
          Mike Andrews, Emily Duke, & Kathy Leisen, Ox-Bow School of Art Galley, Saugatuck, MI
          Garden Party & Art Sale, Detroit Artist Market (DAM), Grosse Point Park, MI
          Spring Happening '10, Next Step Galleries & Studio, Ferndale, MI
          Close to Home - awarded Best of Show, Anton Arts Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
          Cave Drawings, College for Creative Studies Alumni and Faculty gallery, Detroit, MI

2009    Selections IV, Center Gallery at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
           Re:Collect 2009, Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI
          Trunk Show, Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
          DAM 73nd Annual Holiday Show, Detroit Artists Market (DAM), Detroit, MI
            Staff Exhibition, Ox-Bow School of Art Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
          DAM Small Show, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
          Spring Happening '09, Next Step Galleries & Studio, Ferndale, MI
          Champions Play Here, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

Residencies and Awards

2021        Kohler Arts/Industry Residency in Pottery, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI 

2018        Residency at Chulitna Lodge Research Institute, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

2018        Juror's Award of Merit, OH+5 '18: Ohio Boarder Biennial

2017        Juror's Best of Show; SculptureX Symposium Exhibition, Wayne State University
2017        Pulse Laser Holography Workshop, Holocenter NYC 
2017        Awarded Second Place in FRESH 2017, Summit Art Space
2016 Nominee - International Sculpture Centre Student Award
2012 - 2014    Foundation Artist in Residence, Red Star Studios
2013        Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist of 2013
2013        Bobby Kadis Scholarship Fund, Penland School of Craft
2009        Crafts Senior Select Graduate, College for Creative Studies
2009        John F. Korachis Scholarship Award, Detroit Artist Market
2008        Ox-Bow Fellowship Residency, Ox-Bow School of Artists’ Residencies

Professional Experience

2019                   Project assistant to Michelle Grabner; JMKAC at Kohler Pottery, Kohler, WI

2019                   Workshop assistant to Giselle Hicks; JMKAC at Kohler Pottery, Kohler, WI

2016-2019          Visiting Faculty in Ceramics & Foundations, Kent State University School of Art, Kent, OH

2016                   Studio Assistant to Susanne Stephenson, Ann Arbor, MI

2015                   Studio Assistant to Walter McConnell, Belmont, NY

2015                   Teaching Assistant to Ashley Lyon, XYZ: Processing the Digital, AU, Alfred, NY

2015                   Teaching Assistant to Wayne Higby, AU Summer School; Raku Extravaganza, Alfred, NY
2015                    Arrowmont Pentaculum: Five Mediums, One Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN
2012- 2014         Ceramic Arts Youth Mentor, MyArts: COMBAT,  Kansas City, MO
2013                   Demonstrating Artist, Michigan Ceramic Art Association Conference, Delta College, Saginaw, Michigan
2013                   Visiting Artist Workshop: Ceramics and the Urban Landscape, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2013                   Teaching Assistant to Paul Donnelly, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2013                   Demonstrating Artist: Summer Workshop Series, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2012                   Ceramic Teaching Artist: beginning hand-building , Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
2012                   Private Studio Member, Lillstreet Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2011                   Ceramics Studio Technician - Fall Residents, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
2007- 2011         Community Arts Coordinator, Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI
2009 – 2012       Housing Manager, Ox-Bow School of Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2009 – 2011       Ceramic Teaching Artist; all levels, Anton Arts Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
2009 – 2011       Studio Assistant, Susanne and John Stephenson Studio Ceramics, Ann Arbor, MI
2007                   Ceramic Studio Technician, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


2018      Akron Beacon Joutnal, Art review: Box Gallery exhibits evoke feelings of home; by Anderson Turner

2017      Record-Courier, Ceramics exhibit at Kent State gallery; Article by Kelly Maile

              Akron Beacon Journal, Art review: Sample new artists at Artspace’s ‘Fresh’; Review by Anderson Turner. January 20, 2017


2015      Hyperallergic, Detroit Artists Take a Hammer to Traditional Ceramics by Sarah Rose Sharp,

              THE Magazine, Six Under Thirty-Six at Santa Fe Clay; Review by Lauren Tresp
              Santa Fe Now Magazine, Art Profile, Six Under Thirty-Six; Santa Fe Clay showcases the work of young ceramicists,
                             by Ashley M. Briggers


2014      American Craft Council, “The Week In Craft”,

             CFile Online, “Exhibition - Emily Duke and Shae Bishop at Red Star Studios”,

             Ceramics Monthly Magazine, “Exposure”,  Oct 2014, Vol. 62 Issue 8, p14

             Ceramic Arts 2013 Yearbook and Annual Buyer’s Guide, The American Ceramic Society, “Resident Artists Feature: Red Star                                        Studios”, November/December 


2013     Ceramics Monthly Magazine, “2013 Emerging Artist”. v. 61 no. 5, pg. 63

             Michigan Ceramic Art Association, Michigan Mud conference print material

             THE  SEEN: Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, “Re:View Contemporary + See Art & Design                             Highlights, Emily Duke Digging Up the Mudhook”. 

             ArtAxis, Juried featured artist,, February 15, 2013 - current

   , Peacock Chronicle, “Emily Duke Visits Pewabic”

Howard Sutcliffe, Textile Conservator at Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Timothy Mast, Private,  Bloomfield, MI
Keiser Suidan, Private, Ferndale, MI
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
John F. Korachis, Private,  Detroit, MI

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