Meet the Village Potter

"I'm taking a direction I see for my work -- creating things from the colors, ideas, and soul of my lived experience. Through Village Potter I want to celebrate where I come from and represent communities world-wide."

Roberto Lugo is an artist, activist, educator, poet, and the founder of Village Potter. Lugo's work utilizes classical pottery forms in conjunction with portraiture and surface design reminiscent of his North Philadelphia upbringing and Hip Hop culture to highlight themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice. Aside from leading a successful studio practice that has landed his work in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and many others, Lugo has been creating and selling accessible pottery throughout his career. The essence of the Village Potter has always been central to Roberto Lugo's vision -- to become a facet of the community that not only contributes beautiful, functional objects, but to enrich and empower the culture + the lives of others through art and design.