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The Innovative Ceramics exhibit took place from January 30 through March 6, 2021 in the Duane Reed Gallery in St Louis, MO.
This a picture of the inner room of the gallery, where all the ceramic pieces were set up.
The Call for Entry
There was no call for entry, as this was an invitational exhibit.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
This artist statement is from an older studio site. “The purpose of my work is oriented around the idea of ceremonial function- that is, a specified utility intended to provoke a transformation. So I create volumes in space that I hope will ultimately entice a kind of transformative participation.
My creative process is often inspired by the ways technology augments our physiological faculties, particularly in terms of observation- delineating extraterrestrial spaces and volumes on scales too vast and infinitesimal to perceive otherwise. I want the work I make to have seemingly sprouted from those depths and be liberated from the familiarity of macrobiotic volume. I like to fantasize about my art existing as an accessory in a microcosmic scenario, perhaps as the frustule of a diatom, in place of its silicate exoskeleton.
In the generation of my objects, I allow the parameters of my process to influence the way that my ideas manifest. I do not predetermine things. During the design process I’m perceptive to the potentials I instigate amongst material, whether they’re virtual or actual. In this approach, things are allowed to fruit all-naturally.”
Indeed, Joey Watson has succeeded to create transformative conversation starters. His process of “things are allowed to fruit all-naturally” are on full display.
I couldn’t find a functioning online site for Joey. I did find some links that were bad.