Ceramic art pieces in the 2019 “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery

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 multimedia exhibit titled “Annual Faculty Exhibition” took place from August 23 through September 13, 2019,  in the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery of the Meramec campus (in Kirkwood, MO) of St Louis Community College.




The Call for Entry

There was no formal call for entry.  The gallery’s description of the event stated that: “Join us for the reception of our annual exhibition featuring current work by the faculty of the Design, Visual, and Performing Arts department at STLCC-Meramec.  Explorations in drawing, photography, ceramics, painting, printmaking, digital media, sculpture, and graphic design are included

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Rachis Platter” by Keith Oliver
“Blood Work 57” by Keith Oliver

The platter is similar to his earlier exhibited pieces; longer than 2 feet in length, and supported by a well crafted base made of tree branches.  The “Blood Work” piece is a composite of seven glazed ceramic tiles.  I couldn’t find a dedicated online site for Keith.


“Scribble Vase II” by Dryden Wells
“Scribble Vase I” by Dryden Wells

These are about two feet tall vases where the dark areas on the white porcelain are drawn over with black lines. Dryden’s web site lists them as slip cast.   On his web site Dryden’s statement reads: “In one-off items, sculpture and production work, I am captivated by the union of craft, problem solving, ingenuity and creation when working with clay. While ideas associated with oppositions and dichotomies has and continues to be a driving force in my work, I find that the subtleties and surprises of the creative process have the most influence.   Both in my thrown forms and sculpture, I am interested in the act of construction, deconstruction, reconstruction. I believe that it is this process of making that creates an understanding of the object and resulting evolution of the artwork.”


“Boy” by Jim Ibur
“Leaf” by Jim Ibur


These two pieces are more than three feet tall composites of individually formed vases.  On his web site  Jim states: “I am interested in what the past can reveal about the future. I create ceramic objects that look decayed, weathered and beaten up by time. My newest work returns to figurative vessels and solid forms with fossil references. Ideas about time, the past, the future and the often subtle and sometimes chaotic relationships between the inside and the outside drive the narrative.”

“Wild” by Jim Ibur


This large, cut open teapot reveals the future.







“Red Black Torso” by Jim Ibur
“Red Black Torso” by Jim Ibur, detail


This piece also hides something.








You can check out more works from Jim on his virtual gallery site that he shares with other artists.

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