Beyond the Surface: Methods for Creating a Dynamic Narrative with Roberto Lugo, Aug 11-12, 10-4 pm
In this two day workshop, Roberto Lugo will teach you how to create a dynamic narrative using overglazes (china paints), decals and printed materials. Lugo will use historical examples, demos and hand-ons projects to take students through the process of building powerful stories using overglaze and decorative techniques.
Day One - Use of narrative in history, china paint demo, one hour student project, two hour student project
Day Two - Decal and printed material demo, five hour student project.
Workshop includes lunch and materials fee of $35/person for china paints, oils, brushes, calligraphy pens, custom decals, photo transfer paper and firing of ware.
Participants should bring 3 pieces of ware glazed with a clear or white glaze. The surface of ware should be light enough to show decorations. One piece should be larger - a vase or a plate for example - for use during the longer project on the second day.
Net proceeds from this workshop, including Lugo's workshop fee, are being donated to young female artists who are participating in Lugo's curated show at the District Clay Gallery, US-Emerging Clay Artists.
Robert Lugo is one of the most exciting and important ceramic artists on the scene today. This year Lugo was named the Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly. Through his work, Lugo references problems and inequalities facing minorities, women and underserved communities by creating masterful and highly decorated narratives. He typically places these narratives on finely crafted and ornamented porcelain pieces that might be found in a wealthy Victorian home. Thus a teapot, a large platter, an immense covered jar are all transformed into a vehicle for creating new dialogues about current issues.
Growing up in poor immigrant family in Philadelphia during the crack wars of the 80s, Lugo, a former graffiti artist, discovered ceramics as a way to speak to the pain and dislocation around him. In 2012, Lugo received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Pennsylvania State in 2014. In 2015, Lugo burst on the ceramic scene after a powerful and heartfelt 2015 Emerging Artist talk at NCECA. In 2016 Lugo won the prestigious American Artist Award.
Lugo is currently Assistant Professor of Craft for Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is on the board of directors for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. His work is carried by the Wexler Gallery and, though a young artist, is already included in several museum collections. He works extensively to promote access to ceramics for minority and underserved populations.
I am a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in my childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, I often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, I drew in my composition book, and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame.
Today my graffiti is defacing social inequality I teach communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. I see my pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from; we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for my life’s story.
My experiences as an indigent minority inform my version of Puerto Rican American history. With my education in critical theory, art education, art history, and studio art I have developed a studio practice that fluidly communicates with diverse audiences. I bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning and thinking.