Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. If you enjoyed this post, then like the post, and also like my Facebook page. Check out Beachfront Pottery posts on Instagram @beachfrontpottery. There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.
On the photo is the entrance to the ArtStLouis gallery.
The Call for Entry
The call for entry read: 36th annual all media, all techniques, all styles, all subjects/themes juried exhibit open to regional artists 21+ residing in 200-mile radius of St. Louis.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
This is a tall (20 inches or so) vase with lively colors. Her statement for this piece was: “I live in rural Cuba, Missouri. When the Covid-19 pandemic became evident, I retreated into the refuge of my studio, and my surroundings. A focus of my work was on coexisting with the natural world, in particular here at my home. Then there was more turmoil and riots nationwide. Coexisting in love for all beings seems an appropriate sentiment these days”. On her web site she adds this: “I paint with underglazes on my pottery as it is my canvas. I paint nature’s details using a flower, a leaf, or even an urban scene under a microscope. I magnify life’s reflection in my art. I enjoy playing with what appears to be opposites. This curiosity about why we separate and isolate ourselves from one another based on superficial walls is a reoccurring motif in my work. My inspiration for subject matter emerges from my relationships with family, friends, my past experiences, and my curiosity about our interrelationships. Often, my inspiration for design arises from my rural surroundings here in Missouri where I live and work. The view from my potter’s wheel informs me of nature’s intricacies. I am thankful to have this relationship with clay and the opportunity to use art as my voice.”
This bowl made by me is the second large scale ceramic piece in the Seafloor Archaeology” series held together by bolts. I was honored that an artwork of mine was juried into this exhibit. This is a 17-inch diameter bowl made out of ceramic pieces fastened together with bolts. My social media links are in the first paragraph of this post.
The exhibit statement read: “In the 27th century undersea archaeologists excavated a coastal settlement inundated in the 25th century by the rising sea level. The excavated artifacts reveal a culture that lost the knowledge to make ceramic item from clay. Thus, utilitarian and decorative ceramic items were made by assembling scavenged bisque fragments”.