Emily DukeAs I think about visiting home for my workshop at Pewabic Pottery I get flooded with landmarks and favorite spots to collect reference photographs to take back to Kansas City. At the root of my art making practice is a strong connection to home, vernacular architecture and our powerful relationship to objects. As I move forward and relocate my studio often I am searching for threads within urban landscapes of the Mid-West.

Currently, I am an Artist in Residence at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO and was recently featured in Ceramics Monthly as a 2013 Emerging Artist.


My workshop titled From the Ground up: Ceramics and the Urban Landscape will focus on how I take influence from common forms, colors, and texture to fuel my ceramic sculptures. Participants will learn the key aspects of building large scale, slab built, terra cotta forms using templates and cardboard molds. I will focus on technical obstacles and solutions in the building, firing, and glazing stages.

Emily Duke Glaze Example

In addition, we will discuss aesthetic decisions of making sculpture in relationship to subject, scale and object orientation. I will provide a workshop handout outlining some of my favorite ceramic tips and resources.


I am honored to be a part of Pewabic’s Visiting Artist series and I look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces.

Emily Duke

Sign up for Emily’s workshop From the Ground Up today!

July 11th 6-9pm and July 12th 10am-1pm