Jennifer Ling Datchuk Awarded American Craft Council Prize
School of Art alumna, Jennifer Ling Datchuk (B.F.A. Ceramics ’04), was awarded one of the American Craft Council’s Emerging Voices Awards for 2017. Her award of Emerging Artist was one of two top honors, which included a prize of $10,000 toward her work and research.
Datchuk was born in Warren, Ohio and currently lives and works as a Professor of Ceramics at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Her mother emigrated from China in the 70s and her father was raised in Ohio to Russian and Irish immigrant parents. Family history and conflict are often a source of inspiration for her work.
When she began her journey into higher education, she felt pressured by her family to study medicine or law in college but her plans soon changed after she took her first art class. “…I took a foundation art class during my junior year of college at the Kent State Trumbull campus with my teacher, Susan Schroeder. This class allowed me to be more introspective, something that rarely happened with my pre-law studies, its structure always determined by victories and losses with its principles of behavior and rules of government. I let go of these rules and found the process of making to be an outlet for my seemingly insurmountable challenges,” said Datchuk.
In addition to her BFA from Kent State University, she also earned an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Datchuk uses porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as fabric, embroidery, and floral patterns. She uses these materials and processes to address themes of fragility, beauty, femininity, identity and personal history in her art.
Please enjoy this video about Jennifer Ling Datchuk that was created by Walley Films.
Images: (top) Blackwerk, porcelain, ceramic decals, blue and white pattern transfers from Jingdezhen, China, Asian human hair, 34” x 34” x 4”, 2016
(center) Natural Hair Don’t Lie, porcelain, blue and white pattern transfer from Jingdezhen, China, photograph, Asian human hair wig, 31” x 23” x 7”, 2016