Photos and text by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist at Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, USA
From March 17 through April 9, 2016 the Emerson Young Artist Showcase was on exhibit at the Clayton location of the St Louis Artists’ Guild Gallery. This was an all-media, juried exhibit of high school students attending within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. While there were excellent pieces in every medium, I’m reviewing here the ceramic creations.
Juror: Susan Bostwick
Susan Bostwick received her MFA in Ceramics with an emphasis in Drawing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her undergraduate degree in Studio Art with teaching certification from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is included in a number of publications including “Teapots Transformed, Exploration of an Object”, “500 Animals” and “The Yixing Effect”.Early in her career, she was a member of the cooperative Firehouse Pottery in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood and since graduate school she has maintained a personal studio space attached to her home. She has offered workshops across the county and has been fortunate to teach in a variety of settings that include Craft Alliance, Jacoby Arts Center, John Burroughs School and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
“Teapot” by Sara Eastlund
These two teapots were great illustrations of high school students’ imagination on this staple of ceramic object.
The shapes (the fish, the face) plus the glazing makes the first two vessels interesting. The third vessel has a relatively conventional shape, but the wood (or other organic) firing created those good looking colorations.
These two vessels demonstrate the conventional weaving, and the not so conventional clay network creation to make the vessel.
The pitcher is a great example of deformed thrown piece. The paired vessels stand out by the simple shape and the contrasting drip/flow glazing.
Interesting vessel idea, and very good sculptural execution.
“Deluxe Burger” by Dennis Buechel
This is a carved box where the lid and the body of the box are nicely matched.
“Lion Box” by Rendi Welker
Nice contrast among these three pieces. The reality of the tiger and the bunnies, the abstract crumpled sheets, and the colorful shapes of the last piece yet again proof of the imagination of the high school artists.