Sculptural Ceramics July 24th – 28th, 2017
This workshop will encourage students to be creative towards clay as a sculptural medium. Michael will inspire students with presentations and demonstrations designed to expand the students approach to self-expression. Michael has created numerous, diverse series of ceramic pieces, many incorporating the figure, and mixed media. He will share his expertise with students who are encouraged to bring in items they’d like to use in their sculptures, and a lot of ideas. Michael will teach individuals how to turn them into tangible, thought provoking art.
Born in California, Michael Lucero‟s personal history and art reflect the cultural mix that is the peculiar heritage of this young part of America. His ancestry includes Hispanic and Native American as well as both Catholic and Jewish influences, and his early memories of his grandparents‟ home in Las Vegas, NM, reappear repeatedly in his later work. As a child, he would explore the reminders of the ancient civilizations in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; as an adult, he continues to find inspiration in the histories of other civilizations and their art. “I didn‟t want to use clay indiscriminately, but rather through its use allude to symbolic meanings of the material, the history of the material. I though clay-vessel, clay-bones. I wanted to refer to the ancient and to speak of it in contemporary terms.
Lucero works primarily in series, using both clay and metal and more recently found objects to create his art. His art mixes the historical with the contemporary and personal to foster a new way of looking at a familiar object, pulling together seemingly disparate elements that form a whole.
While Lucero has taught briefly at several noted institutions, he has worked primarily as a studio artist. In addition to appearing in numerous solo and group exhibitions, Lucero‟s work is included in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum, NY; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, among others. He has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to other awards.