Luke Shalan is a ceramic artist working in Los Angeles, CA.  While examining both traditional and unconventional forms of production, he emphasizes the importance of creative concept and process in his work.

Luke seeks to uncover the nuances found in mundane processes, and continually reminds himself (and others) that we are physical beings living in reactive, unpredictable space. Luke enjoys pushing the limits of the material, while continuing to master and utilize traditional forms of ceramic production.

In order to fulfill his fascination with process, and clay’s material properties, Luke invented slab-dropping devices, which allow gravity to lower a slab of clay onto an object without direct human interaction. After the slab has been released, the soft clay takes an impression from the shape of the object below, acting as an archive of this unique process.

 Continuing to explore this method of archiving has led Luke to further dictate his ceramic creations. He has applied the slab dropping technique to much of his work, including 60 unique plates for an experimental dinner, ceramic cactus paddles, and his most recent body of work, CUBES. Luke ventures on, down the slab-dropping road, excited by the uncertainty and possibilities found through his continued and evolving exploration.


TECHNÉ: Techné is a term in philosophy which resembles epistēmē in the implication of knowledge of principles, although techné differs in that its intent is making or doing as opposed to disinterested understanding. As an activity, techné is concrete, variable, and context-dependent.