Luke Bishop

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2013 – H.E. Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts in Ceramics (Pass with Distinction); CityLit / London Metropolitan University
2011 – City and Guilds School of Art 7111 Certificate in Ceramics (Pass with Distinction); London, England
1999 – Master of Arts; Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology; The University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Luke makes contemporary stoneware and porcelain vessels using a variety of traditional methods, including the potter’s wheel, often raising questions about our typically held assumptions of functionality. His work is a study in contrasts combining contemporary, refined silhouettes with uneven, organic edges and textures. Rough, volcanic bottle forms suggest modernity yet can infer a mysterious archaeological past: visible tool marks, surface chattering, fissures, the clay body’s pyroplasticity and imperfections all speak of these objects’ journey through the making process. The vessels are high-fired to 1260C – large swathes of unglazed surface permit the full detail of the clay body to be revealed and contemplated.
Luke’s ceramic practice is informed by a background in graphic design, Information Architecture, interface design, and an innate interest in functionality and human behaviour. An urban ceramicist living and working in Central London, his influences are wide-raging: the quirky utilitarian and sculptural pots of Ben Fiess, the quiet canvases of Giorgio Morandi, the mysterious graphic design of 23 Envelope, and the honest ringware ceramics by Bauer from the early 20th century.