Roberto Lugo is a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. Lugo's work draws together hip-hop, history and politics into formal ceramics and 2D works. His vessels are multicultural mash-ups, traditional European and Asian porcelain forms reimagined with a 21st-century street sensibility. Lugo holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Penn State, and is a professor of ceramics at Marlboro College. His unique works have garnered national attention and numerous shows after a famous speech at the 2015 National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference. His speech about how pottery saved his life, including the image of the phrase "This machine kills hate" painted onto his pottery wheel earned him an enthusiastic standing ovation.
Special thank you to District Clay for organizing this event.