Ceramic art pieces in the 2019 “Open Theme Annual” exhibit at Webster Arts

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 2019 Open Theme Annual exhibit took place in the gallery of Webster Arts, Webster Groves, Missouri from March 19 through May 1, 2019.


The Call for Entry

Webster Arts invited art submissions for our Open Theme Annual, a show free of any vision or theme. With no restrictions on medium or style, the Open Theme annual exhibits the diversity intrinsic in art, a gallery unified in the pursuit of unique expression.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Message from the Ancients” by Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, CO


On his web site he describes his work: “Mr. Friedman’s ceramic work explores the constraints and manipulation of firing techniques and variance in materials, to include traditional Raku, Pit Firing, Salt Bisque, Stoneware and High Temperature Salt Glazing. His large-scale sculptural work also incorporates welded metals and different metal finishes.”  I wonder what might have been the specific motivation behind this piece.




“Vase with Two Brooches” by Rachel Andrea Davis,, Milwaukee, WI
“Vase with Two Brooches” by Rachel Andrea Davis,, Milwaukee, WI

On her web site she states: “my goal is to create pieces that contain both ceramic and metal in a cohesive manner. By creating ceramic pieces that emulate emotion and loosely allude to the body, I have embarked on a series exploring emotion and how we as humans suffer and cope with our emotions in difficult times or with difficult topics. ” On a gallery site she states about this specific piece: “Emotional loss, loss of memory, and loss of tangible objects are universally challenging life experiences. With rigid structures of steel strengthening fragile ceramic, this work explores the difficulties experienced letting go.”   I wonder what was the original ceramic piece.



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