Ceramic art pieces in the “Celebrating Art” exhibit at the Our Common Ground Artist Guild

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

The Venue

This art exhibit took place in the first floor space of the Greenville Entrepreneurship Center between October 20 and November 11, 2017.  The Center is in the old Masonic Building on the courthouse square.  The entry way shown on the left provides a little window area as well.





As you enter the building you’ll see the floor space open up into a great looking exhibit area.




This is the left side to the floor.  On the wall you can see the remnant of previous wall coverings.






The Call for Entry

This wasn’t an independently juried exhibit.  Artists of the Our Common Ground Artist Guild were invited to present art works at the “Celebrating Art” exhibit.


The Ceramic Art Pieces

The majority of the art works were paintings, drawings, or non-ceramic sculptures.  Below I detail only the ceramic pieces.

“Wood Fired Alchemy Bottle” by Kyle Anderson, Greenville, IL
“Big Wood Fired Vase” by Kyle Anderson, Greenville, IL

These two pieces had the wonderful marks of the wood fired vessels. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out any information about Kyle himself, or any narrative for these pieces in the exhibit.







“Unsheltered Humpback Whale platter” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL
“Feeding Frenzy II” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL

I’ve brought these pieces to exhibits before.  The “Unsheltered Humpback Whale platter” is a theme and style due for new exploration.  Now that I moved to a new home, and the new studio is shaping up, I’mm looking forward to 2018 to do just that.     The “Feeding Frenzy II” piece was also one of the first exploration in the modular sculpture concept. I’m sure 2018 will bring new constructions here as well.

“Yamato no OrochiI” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL

This a relatively old piece I constructed to enter a Japanese ceramics exhibit.  The inspiration is a Japanese water dragon legend.  The eight-headed, eight-tailed dragon, Yamato, lived in the ocean and Hi river.  The dragon was about to devour the last daughter of an old couple when Susano-o, a deity, has arrived on the scene.  He managed to kill the dragon, and cut off the tails.  My piece has eight green tail-like shapes connected with the water where the battle took place, and where the dragon came from.

The image is a studio pic; the picture I took at the exhibit didn’t come out right.


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