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 “Inspiration” exhibit took place in the gallery of Webster Arts from November 12 through December 21, 2018 in Webster Groves, Missouri.
The Call for Entry
Webster Arts encouraged artists to think broadly about the theme of inspiration, both in art and in life.
What inspires you? What inspires a culture? What does it mean to have inspiration? What does inspiration look like?
The Ceramic Art Pieces
According to the last piece of information I could find about Bernadette, she was a BFA student at New mexico State University. At a student exhibit she wrote this: “I also am deeply interested and inspired by the ancient goddess religion and mythical creatures. I enjoy creating my own mythical creatures and anthropomorphic beings (such as the Antelope goddess) love to hand build sculptures using coil technique on earthen ware and high fire stone ware. ” The sculpture is about two feet tall, and you can see the clear evidence on the back that this is a hand-built piece.
This is the closeup view oft he glaze. Bernadette states that sometimes she makes her own glazes. This, to me, looks like either a multicomponent glaze mix, or individual glazes applied on top of each other. The glaze gives some purplish iridescence, and depth to the surface.
This is my piece in the exhibit. This photo looks a little glossy, because the piece is under a plexiglass cover. I’ve written a post about the constriction of this piece, so I won’t go into those details here. Suffice it to say that the feeding frenzy represents the feeding frenzy of great white sharks who circle the prey while one of them may strike causing havoc in the middle. The piece has 7 shark droplets that are held in place by molten glass frit. So, besides the regular bisque firing and the glaze firing, there is an additional glass firing step.