Arrowmont is a special community full of creative people – a family who know that coming together and making art is important. We talk a lot about the Arrowmont Experience – connecting through craft and community. That connection exists beyond physical proximity. It is in shared memories and new ideas. It lives in the friendships we make with each other. It grows when we learn and support one another.
Whether on campus or off, we are connected as members of the Arrowmont family. Over the next few weeks, we are going to share stories from our community of instructors, residents, and students in a new series, Arrowmont Connections.
Luke Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Edinboro University in ceramics and metalsmithing in 2014. In 2019 Luke received his MFA in ceramics from Indiana University and taught as an Associate instructor in art foundations and ceramics. He was a long-term Artist-In-Resident at the LUX Center for the Arts. Luke just completed his Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont.
Leaving Arrowmont in the midst of the pandemic, Luke has been unable to access a ceramic studio. However, he turned his creative energy to a new project to continue his daily practice – by carving a spoon every day.
Luke writes, “Due to the current pandemic I have been without access to a ceramic studio. While a little disheartening I can’t use clay, I do fortunately have a place to live/create and I am in good health. Following a wonderful year as a resident at Arrowmont, I said goodbye to the Smokies not certain of what would become of my studio practice during this quarantine. Many of my future art opportunities have been placed on hold due to this pandemic and the uncertainty was starting to get to me. One day after a lightning storm in Bloomington, Indiana (where I’m currently living) I walked outside to see branches spread across the ground. A yard full of debris, walnut and maple limbs in great contrast to the wet green grass.”
Like most artists, I have this constant urge to create, a desire to make objects, and that’s what I did.
“I sat there for hours carving a spoon, then the next day I did it again, and again until I was making one spoon everyday. Each day spending more and more time, exploring different forms and using different discarded wood pieces.”
This is my “Spoon a Day” exercise to keep my hands moving and my mind at peace when I can’t use clay.
Luke’s spoons are available through his Etsy shop. Due to the popularity of these unique pieces, Luke has been able to support himself through their sales. He plans to add more spoons bi-weekly as he continues to make them. Visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/lukehuling for your opportunity to purchase a spoon.
Luke Huling’s website: lukehuling.com