Longtime Exhibitor

Potter Dukeman holds title
for show’s longest exhibitor

He returns for his 35th year
where he has a big following

(Sept. 21, 2018) – Stoneware artist Terry Dukeman just can’t get enough of Madison, Ind. He plans to return to this year’s Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art on Sept. 29-30 for the 35th time, longer than anyone else presently attending the juried art show.

Photo by Don Ward

Terry Dukeman of New Castle, Ind., taught high school for 40 years while making a career as a potter.

“I only do juried shows,” said Dukeman, 69. This is one reason he first wanted to be a part of the Madison Chautauqua.
The New Castle, Ind., artist has taught art to elementary, intermediate and high schoolers for 40 years, while having an equally successful dual career in pottery for 45 years. Dukeman grew up in the northwestern part of the state in Merrillville, Ind.
He became interested in pottery while attending Ball State University, where he was majoring in Art Education with a specialization in ceramics. “I saw someone work on the wheel,” which sparked his interest. After observing a potter for two years, he finally decided that “I’ve got to try this.” As a result, since 1971 he has been teaching art and making pottery.
His stoneware is thrown on a wheel and fired in a 2,200-degree kiln. He built his own kiln and has also built them for other artists.
“Almost all of my pottery in wheel thrown,” he said. In the past, he has even made his own clay. “I mix my own colors and glazes and use an electric kiln.”
He said one of the qualities that make his work unique is the color. “I stay with a natural, earthen tone,” as opposed to a bright, vivid palette.

Photo provided

Terry Dukeman works in his pottery shop in New Castle, Ind.

“I am particular about craftsmanship,” Dukeman said. He is careful to make sure there are no sharp edges or cracks in any of his artwork. “Integrity is really important, especially for an artist.”
Dukeman said he “likes functional pottery.” He creates coffee mugs, soup bowls, casserole dishes, bird feeders, cookie jars, tabletop oil lamps and large patio lamps that look like casserole dishes. 
Throughout his career, Dukeman has attended and given workshops, having taught classes for both adults and children over the years.
Although he has cut down from a dozen shows a year to three, the Madison Chautauqua remains a favorite. “I still remember my first year. I drove down on a Saturday, set-up and sold my pottery, then drove two hours back to New Castle. The next day, I came back down again.”
Dukeman said he began attending the event when it was under the direction of its first directors, Jim and Dixie McDonald. He was looking for a “scenic” show, and he found it in the Madison Chautauqua. A few other artists may have been exhibiting there longer than him, but he has been happily retuning for over three decades and has no plans to stop.

Photo by Don Ward

Pictured are samples of Terry Dukeman’s work.

The three shows in which he participates annually are the Penrod Arts Fair, the Madison Chautauqua and a Christmas show in New Castle. In addition to these shows, Dukeman sells his stoneware at a few galleries such as Artistry Annex in New Castle, Artifacts Gallery in Indianapolis and galleries in Bloomington and Knightstown, Ind.
Compared to other juried shows, “the quality of the Madison Chautauqua is good,” said Dukeman. “It’s well-run. The food, the way its organized, the nearby restrooms. A lot of towns don’t have that for artists. The Chautauqua organizers have gone out of their way. They are very personable.”
Patrons will be able to find Dukeman this year in the same spot he has been in for 33 years, in Booth No. 126.
“I love this town. Madison is just such a neat, quaint town. I’ve met so many people over the years. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
When an artist such as Dukeman returns to the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art year after year, it says a lot for the show, said festival co-chair Amy Fischmer. “People like his work. They come just to see him, and he does really well. If these aspects weren’t there, he wouldn’t return.”

Dukeman said he has a lot of repeat customers but is also in his third generation of new buyers. He said many people will return to ask what he is selling that is new and wanting to add to their collection.

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