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Steven Skinner

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1981 BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2006-2008 Ceramic study Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois


2010-2012 Artist in Residence, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois


1999-2003 Co-Lead Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1997-2007 Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2008Black Tree Pottery Studio, New Carlisle, Indiana

2011— Down Draft Kiln


Steven Skinner creates a full line of functional work using stoneware to which he is known to add graphically contrasting porcelain inlays. 

Skinner’s education and career from 1981 until 2006 was as a printmaker, painter, and water colorist. He was introduced to ceramics in 2006 when he took an introductory class at Lillstreet Art Center where he studied until 2008.

Skinner's pieces are either thrown or hand built. Each piece has a glazed interior, the exteriors are left unglazed. Skinner built two kilns one a down draft kiln built in 2011. In 2015 he built a car kiln with master kiln builders ,Matthew Gaddie and Roger Crady. The car kiln allowed for large scale work to be fired.  His work is inspired by the work of ancient peoples, the American Regionalist's art, and the mid-twentieth movements of Dada and Pop Art.





Typical Marks
Date: 2016
Materials: Porcelain, Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built, Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2023.