Coleton Lunt is a resident artist at Belger Crane Yard studios in Kansas City. In the coming year, he plans to push the strangeness of his sculptures with more bodily features like wrinkles and cellulite. At the same time, he is investigating contemporary methods of installation using sound and light.
Coleton grew up in the Mars-like landscape of southern Utah, where the red sandstone appears to be deliberately sculpted by geologic forces. He was a hiking guide there for seven years, earning enough to put himself through college.
During his BFA at Northern Arizona University, he developed an aesthetic for wood-fired pottery, inspired by the rocky landscapes of home. Moving on to his MFA, he was fortunate enough to attend the University of Notre Dame. There he evolved his pottery style to create sculptural, creature-like forms.
Coleton is also passionate about educating people in ceramics. He views teaching as a way to keep the traditions of clay alive while offering a creative refuge from the stressors of life. He currently works at Belger Studios and expects to keep teaching for the rest of his career.