Luke O'Connor

Luke O’Connor is a Sydney based artist. Using ceramic, he explores
the vessel form as a site of experimentation. Practicing a combination of throwing on the
potter’s wheel and coiled hand building, Luke creates dynamic and playful works that
reference the utilitarian language embedded in the history of ceramics while presenting
objects that are formally and functionally ambiguous. In reimagining the traditional ceramic
ideology, with its peculiarities and willfulness, his work both challenges and pays homage to
the craft.


Seductive polychromatic surfaces reference topography, the human form and its secretions.
Luke’s work plays to notions of queer adversity, to celebrating scars and dissociating
enhancement from conventional ideals of perfection. Bright colors, are paired with earthy
tones, broken chunks of clay are cloaked in platinum and gold. The surfaces of the vessels
remain raw and parade the artist’s imprint as an ode to the physical making process.