Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page. There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.
The ArtStLouis XXXIV took place from November 10 through December 20, 2018, in the gallery of ArtStLouis in St Louis, Missouri.
The Call for Entry
Art St. Louis XXXIV is a visual art exhibition featuring artworks in all media, all subjects, all styles, all themes, and all techniques. Therefore, there were no specific themes or media restrictions. In general, the yearly Art St Louis exhibit showcases some of the finest and most innovative artwork being created in the region.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
There was only one ceramic piece in the exhibit.
I remember seeing Jerry’s first pot at an exhibit about a year ago, and I asked myself “where has this guy been all these years?”. Google Jerry’s name and you’ll find a Post Dispatch article that tells an incredible life story. Suffice it to say here, that Jerry is a self-taught artist, who received his ceramics instructions at the community college in Hillsboro, Missouri. The amazing imagery on his pieces must make everyone think “how is it possible that this kind of talent has been hiding in him”. I’m glad that the talent and it’s results are now in front of us.
Jerry’s statement for this piece reads: “This piece was created using stoneware clay and chose not to glaze the outside to represent our true Mother, from which all Cultures are born. Inside the glaze is Philadelphia Green as a representation where The United States Declaration of Independence was signed as our nation’s heart should hold true ….. that all man are created equal…..”