Raku and Other Pottery Created by Luke Metz

Pottery by Luke Metz

Luke Metz, an award-winning ceramic artist, is passionate about pottery and especially raku.  He grew up and attended college in New York City where he had a fascination with the art scene. While at college Luke learned stone sculpture. He majored in psychology, took numerous art appreciation courses and graduated from Columbia University.

Luke Metz pursued graduate work at the University of Denver in both computer science and education. His business endeavors covered a broad spectrum including electronic repair, computer systems analysis, real estate, and teaching.  In addition to ceramics, his interests also included rock climbing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, motorcycling, scuba diving, and whitewater kayaking.  While living in Denver, Luke spent about 5 years creating pottery as a hobby in the 1970s.

My wife Sue Metz
My wife – Sue Metz

Although Luke Metz always loved ceramic art and dabbled in it, he did not see pottery as a viable career and did not commit to pottery until he “retired”. 

Luke has been living in Sedona, AZ  for 8 years now and has spent 7 of those years fully immersed with ceramics. In that time he has won a number of awards, has been in numerous shows and galleries.  Currently, his pottery is on display at Village Gallery of Local Artists in Village of Oak Creek,  The Sedona Artist Market in Sedona, and The Hart of AZ in old town Cottonwood.

Being a “late bloomer” seems to be in his genes.  Luke’s father retired in his sixties from being a partner in a Wall Street firm and took up sculpture. He put on a one-person show in New York City.

Artistic Vision

Roshi shows off his now defunct teeth
Our ferocious companion

Ceramics/pottery for Luke Metz is a wonderful and exciting medium. The possibilities seem to be endless and he loves exploring new techniques and combining them. The excitement and inspiration of this exploration keep Luke immersed in the medium. The organic and malleable qualities of clay fascinate him, and he often emphasizes this in his ceramic art.   Whimsy and the unexpected are also qualities he strives to bring to his pottery.  Although traditional forms are part of his repertoire, he loves to explore new forms (especially asymmetric) and to combine seemingly disparate elements.  Color and texture is his playground.  The spontaneity and pyrotechnics or raku are particularly enticing for Luke.  

Luke Metz works out his studio, Pots By Luke, in Sedona. AZ.

Luke Metz displays pottery at Three Amigos Ceramic Exhibition
Luke Metz is on the left

Learning is a passion for Luke Metz; the list of potters that he has studied with includes Jim Romberg, Patrick Shia Crabb, Sandra Blain and Wally Asselberghs – they are well known ceramic artists.  He continues his learning experience by studying with Don Fethkenher at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Luke is dedicated to continuing to evolve and improve his ceramic art.

Direct and intimate contact with the fire makes raku particularly exciting for Luke.   For this reason, he has dedicated this site to raku and other alternative firing techniques. His passion for exploration results in the non-traditional ceramic art and particularly raku ceramic art.

Luke Metz hopes you enjoy his pottery and would love for you to have it in your home.  Below is a video showing a raku firing.  Your feedback is welcome.

Alternative Firing Techniques by Luke Metz