Ceramic art pieces in the “Alumni Showcase V” exhibit at Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery.

Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then like the post, and also like my Facebook page.      There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.

The Venue

The “Alumni Showcase V” multimedia exhibit took place from November 11, 2019  through January 24, 2020 in the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery on the Meramec campus (Kirkwood, Missouri) of the Saint Louis Community College (STLCC).

This is the entryway to the Department of Design, Visual and Performing Arts.





I saw this sign in the hallway, next to the entrance to the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery.








The Call for Entry

There was no formal call for entry, as this  was an invitational exhibit. The program statement reads” Creative accomplishments from successful alumni of the programs of STLCC-Meramec’s department of Design, Visual and Performing Arts will be presented in the fifth installment of this series.”

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Teapot (black)” by Alex Thomure
“Teapot (white)” by Alex Thomure

I liked a lot the thin feathery threads of flowing glazes.  At his page on Red Lodge Clay his statement reads: “As the potter’s wheel accelerates, the clay naturally desires to spiral outward, much like the centrifugal force of the universe. It could be said that the potter acts as gravity, centering and condensing the clay like gas and dust inside a nebula. This body of work fuses my fascination with astronomy and passion for pottery. The universe is a never ending supply of form and surface which I use as resources to create abstract renditions of the universe through investigations in form, glaze, and clay body. The porcelain I use is incredibly elastic, which allows me to alter and push forms to the limit. Sometimes these alterations push beyond limits, as the clay begins to rupture, revealing additional information about the form.”  For more of his works visit his Instagram profile @madhatpottery.


“21 Shades” by Richard Zane Smith
“Enduring Sherds” by Richard Zane Smith

Unbelievably warm colors on both the vase and on the wall art piece.  Richard has an immense online presence; this statement is from the “Native American Collection” site: ““My art education began as a child at home in Missouri. In the evenings all five of us kids would gather round listening and drawing quietly while Dad or Mom would read wonderful books to us. Clay excited me from high school and all through my art school years though I enjoyed working with all kinds of natural materials, from leather to stone to wood. During these years, investigating my own native (Wyandot) roots became something of an obsession with me. In 1978, I worked as an art instructor at a Navajo mission school in Arizona. It was there that I was first exposed to native clays, and Anasazi pot sherds. Having a rich yet mixed-blooded heritage has been difficult for me at times to sort things out and it still provides its challenges. But I am actively involved with other Wendat/Wyandots who are restoring traditions and reviving our language. I have a dream to help restore to our people the pottery traditions of our ancestors as has happened among the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest.”  To see more of his works visit his Facebook page.

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