Ceramic art pieces in the 2019 Annual Juried Student Exhibit at St Louis Community College

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 Annual Juried Student Exhibition took place from April 12 through May 3, 2019 in the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery on the Meramec campus of St Louis Community College.   On the first picture you see the entry doors to the Art Department, and on the second picture the hallway that leads to the gallery.


The Call for Entry

There was no call for entry.  This exhibit opportunity was open for St Louis Community College students with Art major.  While my photo captions don’t include this detail, all exhibit tags for the art pieces had the name of the instructor/mentor/supervisor.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Canister Set” by Anne Rust
“Canister Set” by Anne Rust, close up of glaze


The thick and runny glaze gave the canisters a candle wax-like appearance.  Note the animal figures on the lids.








“Set of Colorful Ribbed Vessels” by Trevor Jappa
“Shiny Ribbed Vessel” by Trevor Jappa

Interesting portioning of the vessels by matte and shiny glazes.









“Annelida” by Susan Mullin



This is a type of wall art where the fired piece is mounted on a support.








“Legato” by Ron W. Thomas
“Flummoxed” by Ron W. Thomas

Ron is a faculty member who is an accomplished painter, but now he is branching out into drawing on ceramics.  Both pieces are wall hangings. I like the asymmetric shape of the Flummoxed.  In addition both pieces were put together from three separately-fired pieces, and that construction makes them look like they were broken, and then salvaged by a culture of salvage and resurrection.




“New relic” by Jane Isenberg
“Tumultuous Times” by Jane Isenberg


I like the very different approaches she takes with clay.  The stone-shaped and decorated  part of the necklace-like New Relic is the most innovative piece in this exhibit.








“Reliquary of Books” by Jane Isenberg
“Reliquary of Books” by Jane Isenberg, detail

Yes, the tiny books are carved of clay!!










“Imagine Me and Ewe” by Kelly MacDonald


Fun title; the legs of the sheep are made of rebar steel rods?









“Fawn” by James Turner
“Hadal Strider” by James Turner


Both pieces have an apocalyptic and horror feel to them.









“Sisterhood” by Noemi Oyarzabel

Many interpretations possible of these bowls that may represent three sisters.








“Undersea Form” by Noah Wich


This reminded me of undersea volcanoes, and the chimneys of the hydrothermal vents called smokers.










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