The Center for Southern Craft & Design presents its 16th annual juried exhibition, Art of the Cup. Since its launch, the exhibition has featured over 1,000 cups and teapots created by world-class Southern ceramicists. To celebrate 16 years, Art of the Cup 2023 will be juried by ceramicist Jennifer Ling Datchuk and exhibited in Ogden Museum Store’s Center for Southern Craft & Design, with the cups and teapots available for purchase.
This year, Art of the Cup received over 50 submissions. Datchuk has selected 18 ceramicists to be featured in this year’s exhibition.
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid.
Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity and personal history. Her practice evolved from sculpture to mixed media as she began to focus on domestic objects and the feminine sphere. Handwork and hair both became totems of the small rituals that fix, smooth over and ground women’s lives. Through these materials, she explores how Western beauty standards influenced the East, how the non-white body is commodified and sold and how women’s – globally, girls’ – work is still a major economic driver whose workers still struggle for equality.
Datchuk holds an M.F.A. in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a B.F.A. in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, travel grant from Artpace and the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program to research the global migrations of porcelain and blue and white pattern decoration. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft.
Datchuk is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas.