Untapped: The Ghetto Potter!

Pottery is not necessarily untapped art, do you think?

But I found a particular form of pottery that I think is just that. But what about someone who considers himself a “ghetto potter”?

Do you think that is untapped? I definitely do! 

So now that I’ve said it, what is a ghetto potter?

According to Robert Lugo, he creates his pottery with the sole purpose of “illuminating its aristocratic surface with imagery of poverty, inequality, and social and racial injustice.”

He then paints the surfaces with elements of urban graffiti. So, I guess that is what one considers ghetto pottery.

Robert was quoted “As an artist and activist, so much of the work I’ve done has been in response to oppression and violence against marginalized people.”

I found the above picture on Mr. Lugo’s Instagram page.

His inspiration was the time he was pulled over. He is the handle of the teapot which also portrays him standing with his hands on the hood of the vehicle.

His pieces have some pretty impactful inspiration and stories behind them. I suppose that is why he also considers himself an activist as well (my favorite kind of artist). 

He has pieces inspired by Erykah Badu, Lisa Left Eye Lopez and even Nina Simone. I think we can agree that makes his art form untapped for sure.

As jury selection is finally underway in the Ahmaud Arbery case, an activist artist who specializes in ghetto pottery seems to make sense.

We need people like Lugo to keep talking about the hard stuff. In addition to this trial finally starting, there are ongoing heated discussions about critical race theory, just another reason to shine a light on the untapped ghetto pottery created by an artist with a voice.

As Condoleezza Rice said “What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday.”  

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Are you an artist or an art lover? Or maybe you are a human being like the rest of us.

I hope that seeing this untapped art form of ghetto pottery leads you to learn more about the activist behind the work.

I hope he inspires you to create art with a message, but even more importantly, I hope that he inspires you to use your voice.

When people are quiet and afraid and your voice starts to shake, keep talking. The world needs more people like that.

In fact, his activism has taken on a life of its own.

He has begun the process of “imagining Lugo Farms, a space in the countryside of Pennsylvania where people  will have a respite from city life, complete with animals, gardens, eco-activism, and art classes; a place where my father can teach woodworking and my mother can open the coffee shop that is her dream – a place that personifies for me, the Beloved Community.”

Learn more about it here

Comment below and share your thoughts on Lugo’s self-proclaimed “ghetto pottery” and also let us know who your favorite activist/artist is.

We’d love to write about them and share their work with the world.

Until next time art lovers…

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