Self-described "ghetto potter" Roberto Lugo uses porcelain, a medium traditionally reserved for the wealthy, to explore inequality and racial and social justice. His work often takes familiar shapes drawn from European and Asian ceramic traditions, including ginger jars, amphorae, and teapots, but their hand-painted surfaces take inspiration from street art and feature contemporary iconography, and celebrate important figures in Black and Latino culture. A number of the all-new pieces in this exhibition incorporate gun parts from decommissioned handguns obtained in a Hartford, Connecticut gun buyback in 2018 sponsored by #UNLOAD Foundation.
Emerging Artist Presentation at the 2015 NCECA Conference, Where the Wu Tang Clan Meets Worcester Porcelain, 2015
Ghetto is Resourceful, Wexler Gallery, 2016
Bette R. Spriestersbach Endowed Lectureship,
60 Second Doc, "Meet the Hip-Hop Potter" about Roberto Lugo, 2020
Spotlight Talk with Roberto Lugo presented as part of the Museum of Fine Arts Juneteenth community celebration, 2020