Luke Metz is an award-winning ceramic artist offers his pottery at the Village Gallery of Local Artists. His passion for exploration and his appreciation of craftsmanship are evident in his work as well as his life. Growing up and attending college in New York City, Luke was exposed to many diverse cultural influences and to some of the best art in the world. This exposure was greatly enhanced through many travel adventures. Outdoor recreational activities have fueled his love of nature. The organic quality of much of his art reflects his love of nature.
Luke Metz wants to share his knowledge and has taught in a wide range of disciplines ranging from technical rock climbing to computers. Ongoing learning is vital to him and he approaches life as a learning experience. This love of learning is also reflected in his artwork. Each piece he creates is a learning experience for him and thus contributes to an evolution that is evident in his work. Luke’s attention to detail makes each piece of pottery special. Raku is a type of firing for which Luke is well-known and his raku pottery often wins awards.
“What have I learned, what else can I learn, and what can I do with this learning? These are motivators for me in my life and in my art. I have no mistakes; only learning experiences. I am not looking for my niche, but rather what other techniques and resources I can summon in realizing my ever-growing artistic vision. For me, creative expression is an essential part of my spiritual growth.”
“I endeavor to bring my best to each piece of pottery I create. I view each piece as both an artistic expression and a reflection of my deep respect for craftsmanship. Many of my pieces are the result of extended and passionate exploration – ‘what happens if I do this or combine that?’ is a query that underlies much of my work. Often my favorite pieces are the culmination of such an exploration. I see no end to the possibilities and this excites me!”
“I seek to bring whimsy and the unexpected to my work. But I also appreciate the elegance of the classical, and of the well-crafted. Currently, my focus is on using raku firing as my artistic vocabulary. The collection of techniques, materials, and finishes I wish to explore grows much faster than my ability to complete these endeavors. The bottom line is that I do not get bored with ceramic art and can continue to bring excitement to my work. I love sharing this excitement with you and I love the idea of it being resident in your home.”