Lucas Latimer


Lucas Latimer (b. 1996, Dallas) studied studio ceramics and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, and graduated with his BFA in 2019. In 2023 he receive his MFA from the University of Washington’s 3D4M program in Seattle with a focus in ceramics. Lucas sculpts clay into bodily forms in the abstract with features altered, malformed, erased, or hidden. His sculptures are the amalgamation of the turmoil, hesitate, fear, and insecurities felt by human consciousness, giving them body in order to receive scrutiny and compassion.


My body of recent work has explored the use and meaning of ceramic materials unfired, un-petrification. The main historical body of ceramics mostly explores clay that has gone under the proper firing process, allowing the ceramic objects to last millennia. My work uses clay in its unfired, green form. The clay is used by the artist to capture a moment, then once the moment is gone the same clay is broken down and reused again for another moment. The clay lives on ever-changing with its environment, unlike its fired form. Also, acknowledging what has been labeled as prehistoric use of clay that was never fired yet exhibited.


Amie L. McNell (Chair)
Michael Swaine
Nate Watson

Welcome Note

For this particular graduate class, the years at the UW have been marked by oh so many unforeseen challenges. So much of the all-encompassing and precious experience that graduate school affords was disrupted by forces brought upon all of us during these particular times. I am especially grateful and proud to have watched this cohort rise to meet these extraordinary challenges with creativity, grace and pro-active determination. The successful completion of their degrees has been fulfilled with passion and the thoughtful consideration of the issues, ideas, and experiences that permeate the world we live in.

A sense of completion, achievement, and reflection is palpable in the works brought together in this Graduate Showcase. More so than ever, this journey has not been a solitary endeavor, but rather is made possible by an essential and supportive community that includes fellow students, family, friends, distinguished visitors, staff, and faculty. I especially want to acknowledge the support and mentorship offered by our faculty and staff who are so committed to creating an educational environment where our graduate students are able to thrive.

I want to recognize and thank Shin Yu Pai, Rock Hushka, Stefan Gonzales, Sadaf Sadri, and Heidi Biggs, for their efforts and insights gleaned during their interviews with the Art and Design grads.

Thanks so much for the collective and enthusiastic support of the entire Henry Art Gallery team, with special thanks to Sylvia Wolf, director, along with exhibition designers and preparators Rachel Ann Kessler and Eric Zimmerman. The opportunity for our graduate students to exhibit their thesis work in such a special space is a fitting capstone to their graduate careers.

I hope you enjoy exploring this online showcase where you will discover how each graduate student transformed their ideas, passions, and skills into a body of research that reflects and addresses the opportunities, challenges, wonder, confusion, and joy of the world we all inhabit.

On behalf of the School of Art + Art History + Design, congratulations to the Graduate Class of 2023!

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art