Ceramic art pieces in the “Storytellers” exhibit at ArtStLouis.

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.    Check out Beachfront Pottery posts on Instagram @beachfrontpottery.    There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.

The Venue

The “Storytellers” multimedia exhibit took place in the gallery of ArtStLouis between August 1 and September 10, 2020.


The Call for Entry

This juried exhibition will feature artworks that are inspired by the written word including poetry, literature, nonfiction, and more. All explorations & interpretations of this theme are invited. All media, styles and techniques encouraged.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

“Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story” by Sandy Kaplan
“Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story” by Sandy Kaplan
“Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story” by Sandy Kaplan











Her statement reads: “I began working with clay in 1989 in the ceramics studio at Craft Alliance. I make sculptures, vessel forms and hand built platters in terra cotta which I then paint in a range of colored glazes. The frieze of figures on my vessels and in the center of my platters are women and men relating to each other, in conversation, or else dancing, while showing friendship, affection and love. In my work the figures emerge into three-dimensional space, entering just a bit into our world. I like to display my art on revolving stands so the viewers can rotate them or walk around them to see the implied stories of the figures. As my mentor since 2012, Buzz Spector, Professor Emeritus at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, encouraged me to think to develop the interior of my vessels which has resulted in several creative interiors to enhance the complex narratives of my vessels. The celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary of his birthday took place across the globe two years ago, and inspired me to create the “Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story”, which happens to be my favorite musical. The three scenes depicted on the vessel are Tony and Maria on the balcony, Anita and friends singing and dancing, and the gang leaders for the Sharks and Jets, Bernardo and Riff. The bust of Leonard Bernstein conducting is reminder for all of us of what an amazing composer he was, and how the music from the West side story is and always will be spectacular. West Side Story, Bernstein’s version of Romeo and Juliet, is timeless as we still face differences in diversity and culture today. It is also my all time favorite musical. The revival of West Side Story had opened on Broadway in 2019, and Steven Spielberg is filming an updated version of the movie.  For more of her works visit her web site.


“Storyteller” by Heather Woodson


Her statement reads: “The Storyteller invites you to share your story, as she is a vessel and will carry it with her. Everyone has a story to tell. I take clay from the earth and mold it into a story. Each piece is a part of my story and my story is filled with the lives and stories of every individual I met along the way.” For more of her works visit her web site.










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