In Swaymous

He’s Kiln It

Luke Huling’s clay-me to fame is ceramics and sculpture. A professor at Sandhills Community College, he teaches classes in 3D visuals, ceramics and sculpture. Luke originally studied dental hygiene before pursuing art full time, training that he says helps him sculpt face anatomy.

“People used to tell me I’d be poor with an art degree but I knew I’d always regret it if I didn’t at least try,” he says. Luke has held residencies across the country, had work featured in museums and, in addition to teaching, completes the occasional commission. He’s very interested in the “emotional facade” people hide behind — “there’s a lot of psych work that goes into sculpting as well,” he says. 

“I love being in the moment. I love having the ability to change whatever I want and have my hands in the wet clay,” he says. Luke’s advice to other aspiring artists: don’t listen to the naysayers and be willing to relocate. Keep up with his projects via Instagram.

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