Resident Artist Grant Benoit creates Studio E Gallery

STUDIOE

(left: Mary’s work, right: Stephanie’s work)

Studio E is a mini-window gallery in Grant’s studio designed to promote and interact with other artists on a micro scale.  Studio E will exhibit new work each session during Arrowmont’s workshop season.  Studio E turned it’s lights on for the first time during the summer two-week session at the Artists-in-Residence open studios.  The gallery featured work by Mary Baugh and Stephanie Dukat.  You can follow Studio E on instagram @studioe_gallery.

Mary BaughMary Baugh received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University in 2014 and her BA in Studio Arts from Furman University in 2009. Mary received Bohl-Fabian Travel Scholarship from the PASSHE Foundation to attend the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Crafts in 2012. Mary’s work plays with ‘low materials’ and ‘high forms’ with luscious glazes and dense patterns, creating objects that become a statement on history and use. Baugh has exhibited nationally and was the Artist in Residence at Natchez Clay, and community studio founded by Connor Burns. You can find her work www.marymakesthings.blogspot.com.

Stepahine DukatStephanie Dukat received her MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University in 2016 and her BFA in Ceramics from Buffalo State College in 2011. She recently assisted Kenneth Baskin in his workshop, “Inventive Strategies for Slab Construction” at Arrowmont. Dukat exhibited work at The Firehouse Gallery at Genese Pottery in Rochester, NY and Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA. Exploring landscape and suburban sprawl, Dukat questions new landscape in sculptural clay utilizing industrial and craft materials. You can find her work at www.stephaniedukat.com.

How do you want people to interact and feel when they are viewing or using your work?
Mary:
“I want people to look at this plate and think, Man, a tomato sandwich would look really beautiful sitting on here. Plates are an everyday object, and my biggest intent is that this object is physically interacted with on a regular basis. I want it brought down off the shelf and used.  My hope is that the imagery of the mason jar brings ideas of compartmentalization. What am I putting in my jars? How did they get in there?”

Stephanie: “My work focuses on a sprawling landscape. I observe a shift from open and natural spaces to engineered environments. This rapid development has created an infrastructure that has ephemeral qualities, taking over and effecting landscape which was once untouched. I would like my viewer to consider this shift and question how our perception of nature has changed over time. Often the work I am making is precarious and has an unstable appearance. I enjoy the sense of anxiousness and unbalance as I walk around the work, a feeling which I hope the viewer feels this and the relation to our current environmental and social state.”

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