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.
This is the entry to the ArtStLouis galleries on Pine Street in St Louis, Missouri. The gallery hosts regular art exhibits.
The Call for Entry
For the “ArtStLouis XXXIII, The Exhibit” artworks in all media, all themes, all techniques, and all styles were encouraged. Artists within a 200 mile radius of St Louis were eligible. This exhibit is a yearly tradition at ArtStLouis.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
Carol Fleming is a commercially-focused artist. Her bio at the Leopold Gallery states that she “specializes in designing site-specific and one-of-a-kind artwork in clay.” She doesn’t write anything about her inspirations at her website , but her selection of subjects (eggs, acorns, fruits, columns, horses) hints at her liking of natural themes. Great looking public installations of very large ceramic pieces.
This piece is about the size of a brick, which goes well along the artist statement from Michael’s web site that states “My work presents narratives of the impermanence of memory, and by creating a connection with man-made structures I’m looking to reveal the correlations between architecture and our recollections, that being the slow erosion of both over long periods of time.” From the image on the left it looks that the clay knobs become black in the lower half of the brick. From the side view the “blackened knobs” turn out to be flat, glazed surfaces. The erosion Michael refers to in his statement made the knobs disappear, and what’s left is an oozing, flowing black glaze. A short while ago Michael was selected as one of the Emerging Artists for 2018 by Ceramics Monthly.