Lukas Easton – Red Lodge Clay Center

Lukas EastonAnchorage, Alaska

Red Lodge Clay Center, Short-Term Resident (ASPN) 2016, Long-Term Resident 2021 – 2022

Lukas Easton received a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred New York, in the spring of 2021.  He was born in the United States and raised in the states of Maine and Alaska. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics, from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2017 where he received an undergraduate research grant to complete his thesis work. In 2018, Easton completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. After returning from a three-month residency at Jenggala Keramik in Bali where he designed a line of commercial tableware, he spent a semester teaching as adjunct faculty at RIT before attending graduate school in Alfred. In 2020 Easton was selected as a Ceramics Monthly emerging artist and received first place as a graduate student in the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition. Additionally Easton received honorable mention in the 2020 International Sculpture Center’s, Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. His ceramic work ranges from utilitarian pottery to large scale sculpture.

The direction of my work changes frequently but always for the better. These changes are based upon the search for my own unique voice, an original combination of form, function, and decoration. I enjoy the problem solving involved in making a new idea fit the parameters of functional ceramics. I am not afraid to try new ideas despite the risk of failure. It is in this area that I am constantly pushing myself out of my comfort zone to help develop my skills. I consistently throw tight defined forms with a variety of carving and slip inlay. I use my work to process my own life experiences. In the past, I have portrayed these experiences by carving figures and line work into the surface of my work. My content shifts between comic and sinister creating work with multiple meanings.

Working in the Red Lodge studio would give me the ability to work outside of the pressures of school, jobs, and life’s daily tasks. I would be able to concentrate entirely on just producing quality work and learning from those around me. Working with a group of talented, like-minded people at a studio that is open 24 hours a day is an incredible opportunity for growth. I want to spend this time to develop and explore decorations and atmospheric surfaces in relation to form. Being in a new environment would invite new feedback and criticism. By receiving fresh information for my work, I can better refine my skills and more clearly portray my content.