About

black stoneware
black stoneware bottle form

Luke makes contemporary stoneware and porcelain vessels using a variety of traditional methods, including the potter’s wheel – his work often plays with and questions our typically held assumptions of what makes an object functional. His work is a study in contrasts combining contemporary, refined silhouettes with uneven, organic edges and textures. PORUS – his recent work in black clay – is an exploration in the slight subversion of function: objects with curiously shaped and placed handles and spouts invoke the possibility of function and usage whilst defying utility. Rough, volcanic bottle forms suggest modernity in shape yet infer a mysterious archaeological past – as if they are ancient bronzes retrieved from a silent shipwreck on the seabed. Visible tool marks, surface chattering, fissures, the clay body’s pyroplasticity and imperfections all speak of these objects’ journey through the making process; the PORUS objects are high-fired to 1260C and unglazed allowing the full detail of the clay body to be revealed and contemplated.

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Luke’s ceramic practice is informed by a background in graphic design, Information Architecture, interface design, and an innate interest in functionality and human behaviour. An urban ceramicist living and working in Central London, his influences are wide-raging: the quirky utilitarian and sculptural pots of Ben Fiess, the quiet canvases of Giorgio Morandi, the mysterious graphic design of 23 Envelope, and the honest ringware ceramics by Bauer from the early 20th century.

Luke’s ceramics are available in selected galleries across the UK. Please contact him directly for custom orders and commissions.

 

 


Exhibitions

2017

 

17 Nov 2017 > Winter Exhibition

The Biscuit Factory

Stoddart St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1AN

https://www.thebiscuitfactory.com/

 

16 – 22 Jun 2017 > China International Craft Week

Hangzhou Creative Design Centre; Hangzhou, China

in collaboration with the China Design Centre, London, UK

http://www.chinadesigncentre.com/

 

01 Jul – 21 Sep 2017 > Come Dine With Me

The Craft Centre & Design Gallery

 City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/come-dine-with-me

 

2016

04 Mar – 03 Jun 2016 > Spring Exhibition – The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

2015

28 Nov – 23 Dec 2015 > Christmas Exhibition – The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, Northumberland

01 Oct – 19 Dec 2015 > The Language Of Objects – Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford, UK

26 Sep – 08 Nov 2015 > British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, England

14 – 26 Sep 2015 > Designed / Crafted – Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery, London EC2A

02 Jul – 13 Sep 2015 > Summer Exhibition – CANAL Gallery, London, N1

06 Jun – 04 Sep 2015 > Summer Exhibition – The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne

09 May – 22 Aug 2015 >  Summer Craft Collection – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK

02 Feb – 30 Jul 2015 > HEAL’S Collectables, Heal’s Flagship Store, Tottenham Court Rd, London

09 Dec 2014 – Apr 2015 > Christmas Exhibition – Cursley & Bond Gallery, Folkestone

17 Jan – 14 Mar 2015 > Made With Love  Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds

04 Dec 2014 – 31 Jan 2015 > Apartment: Style Cruise – CANAL Gallery, London

8 – 17 Jan 2015 > Society of Designer Craftsmen – The Mall Galleries, London, SW1

2014

24 – 26 Oct 2014  > MADE London – One Marylebone, London

10 Sept 2014 – 04 Jan 2015  > Craft Emergency! Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

23 Aug 2014  > Modern Makers Market – Future and Found, Islington, London

16 Aug – 09 Nov 2014  >  Autumn Craft Collection – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK

25 – 28 Jun 2014  > New Designers | ‘One Year On’ — Business Design Centre, Islington, London

09 – 11 May 2014  > Handmade in Britain 14, Spring Edition — Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

04 Apr – 25 Aug 2014  > Summer Exhibition CABINET / Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts; Edinburgh, Scotland

23 Nov 2013 – 19 Jan 2014  >  Class of 2013 — National Centre for Craft and Design; Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK

 2013

28 Sep – 10 Nov 2013  > British Ceramics Biennial | ‘Fresh’ — Stoke-on-Trent, England

17 -20 Jul 2013  > Graduate Final Show — CityLit, Covent Garden, London

26 – 29 Jun 2013  > New Designers — Business Design Centre, Islington, London


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2013 – H.E. Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts in Ceramics (Pass with Distinction); CityLit / London Metropolitan University

2011 – City and Guilds School of Art 7111 Certificate in Ceramics (Pass with Distinction); London, England

1999 – Master of Arts; Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology; The University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA