Dubhe Carreno
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4914
Her expertise range from her curatorial practice running her own gallery in Chicago to wheel working as well as hand-building both sculptural and functional ceramics. In 2004 Carreño created the Dubhe Carreño Gallery in Chicago with the primary goal of creating a platform dedicated to contemporary ceramics that illustrated the diversity of concepts being explored by many contemporary artists, and to reflect the ongoing development and interdisciplinary participation within the field. For almost ten years the Dubhe Carreño Gallery was known as the prime platform in Chicago for presenting contemporary ceramics by international artists. Dubhe closed her gallery in 2012 after having her first child and missing the direct contact with clay. This created the perfect opportunity to reconnect with her own studio practice which developed into the rediscovery of her passion for functional objects and the meditative quality of the process of working with clay.
Courses Taught
Studio experiences : Ceramics
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Research Interests
Dubhe Carreño’s current work is focused in the design and creation of contemporary porcelain tableware. Her work is inspired by a minimalist aesthetic and by the colors and textures inherent in nature. Forms are intentionally irregular highlighting the presence of the artist’s hand, which honors clay’s voice as an active participant and collaborator in the process of creating each individual form.

M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

B.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art

Selected Publications

- American Craft Magazine, By Christine Kamisky,  What is Your Reaction to the American Craft Council’s Move from New York City to Minneapolis” October/November 2010

-Art in America, by Janet Koplos, Anne Drew Potter at Dubhe Carreño Gallery, June 4, 2010

-Chicago Gallery News, by Thomas Masters, 15 Minutes with a Dealer, January-March 2010

-American Craft Magazine, by Joyce Lovelace, Blown Away By ClayDECEMBER/JANUARY 2008

- Chicago Tribune, Technical daring gives ceramic show its strength, by Alan G. Artner, February 2008

-Ceramics Monthly, pages 32–35.”  Tyler Lotz exhibition at Dubhe Carreño Gallery, October 2007 (On the cover)

-American Craft Magazine, by Margaret Hawkins, OVERTURE, Exhibition review at Dubhe Carreño Gallery, February March 2007

-Art Letter, by Paul Klein, May 19, 2005


Selected Exhibitions

Exhibitions as Curator:



SAIC/Betty Rymer Gallery—Curator, Implicit Plasticity

(Essay Catalogue)



SOFA Chicago-- serving as director/curator of Dubhe Carreño Gallery 


Exhibitions as Curator at Dubhe Carreño Gallery:



-Sandra Perlow, Points in Memory  (Paintings & Drawings)

-Elsa Muñoz"STILL: Paintings for Blanca" (Paintings)

-Melissa Weber, "Elusive Objects" (Ceramic Sculpture)

-Nikki Renee Anderson, "Secret Bodies" (Sculpture & Photography)



-Phyllis Kudder Sullivan, "Infinite Nets" (ceramic sculpture)

-Kim Ambriz & Rafael Vera, dis/connections (drawings & prints)

-Dennis Lee Mitchell, Distillation (smoke drawings)



-Ruth Borgenicht 2D/3D (ceramic and metal sculpture)

-Elise Siegel, Make/Believe (Ceramic Sculpture)

-Elsa Muñoz, INTROSPECTION (Paintings)

-Roxanne Jackson, BLINDSIGHT (Sculpture)

-Anne Drew Potter, Le Cirque de L’Armée Rouge


For complete list of curated exhibitions visit:



Dubhe Carreño was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At 18 years old she came to the United States to pursuit a career in classical dance and to continue her training in ballet. Looking to relieve the stress of the demands of a career in dance she enrolled in a pottery class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She immediately fell in love with clay and decided to study it in depth, intuitively understanding her affinity with this material’s plasticity; both physically and conceptually and discovering its richness and potential.  She enrolled at the Massachusetts College of Art and received her BFA with a concentration in ceramics in 1999 and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Upon graduation, Dubhe was hired as an instructor by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Northeastern Illinois University. 

Additional Information

"My process is lead by clay itself and its natural ability to be altered and transformed by forces ranging from a delicate pinch to a blasting fire. My artistic practice is an extension of my personal growth. The meditative quality of working in the studio brings me closer to present-mindedness and to a place where intention materializes in front of my eyes. The name I called my ceramic design firm "This Quiet Dust" is a poem by Emily Dickinson which serves as a metaphor for the human condition; we are impermanent in our physical form, yet our true nature is transformative and everlasting. Likewise, "this" clay can be transformed from dust to become that which holds our sustenance."

Dubhe Carreño

FA 114F
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4914
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