Ceramic art pieces in the 2017 St Louis Community College faculty art exhibit

Photos and text by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA.

The Venue


This is the entrance to the Contemporary Art Gallery on the Meramec campus of the St Louis Community College.  The annual faculty art show took place between August 24- September 15, 2017.




The Call for Entry

There was no cal for entry.  The exhibit included current work by the Fine Arts and Applied Arts faculty of the Design, Visual and Performing Arts department at STLCC-Meramec.  Works included drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, design and professional projects in graphic design, interior design and architecture.


The Ceramic Art Pieces

The three faculty artists who showed ceramic pieces demonstrated their very own, unique form of expression.

“Plate II” by Keith Oliver


The impressive nature of this piece starts out with the size.  The curved porcelain shape is about 2 feet in diameter.  This porcelain creation is supported by a wood structure that resembles preserved and lacquered driftwood.





“Bowl 7” by Keith Oliver


This piece is almost a large as the one above.  The bowl is made of porcelain, and the driftwood here provides the base.

I couldn’t find any info on his artistic history or other creations.




“Portal” by Jim Ibur


The Portal is about 3 feet in diameter, and made up of several ceramic jugs/bottles fused together to form an oval. I couldn’t find any information about inspiration or narrative about Jim’s pieces even on his own web site.

I like this pieces, because it’s using repeats of modules (the bottles) to form a new shape, and start a very different conversation.






“Succulents” by Jim Ibur


And here’s something very different from Jim. The plants are real, so it’s hard to create any more obviously “functional” piece.  This is about a two feet tall pot/pitcher with perhaps celadone glazing?







“Biomorphic Vase” by Melody Evans


Melody has been creating truly amazing ceramic pieces.  This vase is exactly what you would expect after reading an earlier statement  from her: “The forms I make usually derive from my drawings that are curvy lines and biomorphic shapes”.  This is a large piece where the vase form is supported by seed-looking black round shapes.







“BIO-TILES” by Melody Evans
“BIO-TILES” by Melody Evans


This triptych is about a foot wide, and four feet tall.  The flowing streaks and stripes remind me of water flowing and leaving trace in the sand.  She stated:” My work is informed by the things I love to look at, like bird’s nest, bodies of waters, and reflections there in”.

Well, this piece is a dead giveaway about her love of water.




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