Text and photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA.
From January 17 to February 23, 2017, the SWIC Faculty Art Exhibition took place in the Schmidt Art Center. This art center is located in the Belleville, Illinois location of the Southwest Illinois College (SWIC). There was only one art faculty member who showed ceramic art pieces; William May Todd’s works are pictured below.
The statement of William May Todd informs us that he feels connected all the way to the Paleolithic potters, because they also made objects that were admired for the process to record mark making.
He consciously records change in earth wind and fire through the process of pottery making.
These two lidded vessels are beautifully shaped, and the handle is made into a organic form. The vessel to the left has a handle that looks like a flowing, curving stream of water.
The lid on this vessel is shaped like a reptile, a lizard or a crocodile.
Bowls and cups and a vase
Striking red glazed pieces
Here again the glaze is the best part.
The copper red glaze makes a nice blue spot at the bottom of this bowl.
This also a great looking piece.