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‘Pottery Saved My Life’: A Kensington graffiti artist finds fine art success

June 26, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Roberto Lugo was sitting at a pottery wheel he’d planted on a barren triangle of concrete at Tusculum and Somerset in Kensington. One after another, cars passing through the intersection pulled up, real slow.

Lugo, who grew up in the neighborhood, is an award-winning ceramist who teaches at Temple University. His taller pieces may surpass two feet in height and command between $14,000 and $18,000. One recent weekday morning — the fifth time he was partnering with the Clay Studio, an Old City-based gallery and educational center, to make pottery in public — his goal was to show people of color what they can make with their hands, and make of themselves.

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