Ceramic art pieces in the Collectors Choice XIX fundraiser at the St Louis Artists’ Guild

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 Collectors Choice XIX fundraising event took place on November 2, 2019 in the galleries of the St Louis Artists’ Guild at 12 Jackson Avenue,  Clayton, MO. This is a popular yearly event where artists donate artworks to the fundraiser; the ticket holders at the event get to choose one artwork to take home but only when their ticket number comes up in a lottery-like drawing. Because the pieces were on view for a few weeks prior to the event, I classify this as an exhibit.


The Call for Entry

The call for entry had just an explanation what the Collectors Choice fundraiser is about.  The donated pieces went through an evaluation process before being accepted into the fundraiser.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Fetching Fred” by Steve Jones


His artist statement reads: “From my childhood sculptures rendered in play dough, to the raw and hopefully charming sculptures of figures and animals I make today I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t making something.  My childhood memories have also shaped the way I render each of my sculptures, basing the grinning dogs and crooked people on how I remember seeing them in my youth.  My work is also meant for preservation.  Looking back on small, ridiculous moments I hope to preserve these pieces of time in each work.  I want my work to be honest, humorous, and visually appealing by experimenting with color and surface.  For more of his art work visit his web site.


“Open Portal” by Debra Nickelson Smith


The flat parts of this portal has small animal sculptures in light blue glaze.

For more of her art work check out her Facebook page.





Two sculptural ceramic pieces are not pictured in this post.  One was the “Fractured Platter” by Georganne Carlisle; I couldn’t find a designated online presence for her.   The other was “Three Sisters” by John Schnellmann; I couldn’t find a designated online presence for him.      .


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