Ceramic art pieces in the 2018 SWIC Student Art Show

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 Venue

The Student Art Show took place from April 26 till May 10, 2018 in the galleries and hallway of the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center on the Belleville campus of Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC).

The Call for Entry

There was no formal call for entry, as the pieces were contributed by students in art classes.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

This was an all media exhibit, but I report only on the ceramic pieces.

Vessels and containers

“Bowl” by Pat Toenjes.
“Bowl” by Pat Toenjes; detail.


I LIked the layered inside of this bowl.








In the back: “Got Milk” by Brenna Roche.
In the front: “Olla Geometrica” by Timothy Dodson.



I’ve never seen a milk can made out of ceramics.









In front: “Coffee Anyone” by Craig Prusa. At left: “Raspberry Ms. Nevada” by Michaela Smith. In the back: “Spring Time” by Sarah Bronson.



Very tricky coffee mug!!

The glaze is amazing on the raspberry vessel.









“Under the Sea” by Sarah Bronson.


Neat miniature fish and turtle shapes.







“Rain Forest” by Jan Musick.
“Summer Day” by Jan Musick.

These two vases are great, innovative exploration of the vase shape.









“Untitled” by Craig R. Prussa.


Yet another innovative exploration of the vase shape.








“Fusion Series #1” by Patricia Johnson.

Very nice bottles!! The fusion word in the title probably indicates that the three barrel shaped components were put together by fusing thrown bowls together.










“A Wedding Gift” by Myra Khosrovani.

Real good looking coiled piece.








Sculptural Pieces

“Grandfather and Grandson” by Hsin-Hui-Chen-Taylor.
“Grandfather and Grandson” by Hsin-Hui-Chen-Taylor.

In the exhibit these two sculptures were placed facing each other.











“Hawk” by Cassandra Rodenberg.


Very unusual piece because of the dark clay (or glazing), and the wig placed on top.









“Architectural Evolution” by George Gasparick.
“Architectural Evolution” by George Gasparick; detail.


About 2 feet tall sculpture. I wonder about the story behind it.










“Frozen in TIme” by Sarah Miller.

At first I thought this was a vase, but it belongs more to the sculpture category, because of the decorative details.










“Roadie” by Patricia Johnson.


Very realistic piece of a leather motorcycle side bag.







“Draco” by Harold Wren


A mean looking dragon. Almost abstract construction.









“Child of the Forest” by Emma Harf.


I’m thinking this isa  video game inspired piece. Nice detailed work on the dragon.









“Avalokiteshvara” by Shayne Hunt.


These are sculptures of the compassionate and merciful bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who are destined to become buddhas but postpone that final state in order to help humanity. The name Avalokiteshvara means “Lord who looks down with compassion.




“Godlfinger” by Sarah Miller.


Not sure if this was inspired by the “Goldfinger” movie.







“Fish” by Susan London.


Very realistic fish shape; nice way to represent the scales.  Even better job to build a support for a standing up fish.













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