Ceramic art pieces (part 1 of 5) in the 5th Central Time Ceramics exhibit at Bradley University

Photo and text by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist at Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, USA

The 5th Central Time Ceramics art exhibit took place from February 24 to March 25, 2016 in the art galleries of Bradley University.  This is part 1 of the 5-part report about the exhibited pieces.  Part 1 includes conventional plates/platters, and a video presentation; Part 2 will be about traditional pots, vases and bowls; Part 3 will be about figurative sculptural pieces; Part 4 will be about abstract sculptural pedestal pieces, and Part 5 will be about abstract sculptural wall-attached pieces.

Plates and platters

"Saturday Afternoon" by Jeannie French; Brookings, SD
“Saturday Afternoon” by Jeannie French; Brookings, SD


There was no narrative for any pieces in this exhibit, which makes it a little difficult to relate deeper to the pieces.  This platter had an interesting color combination of the pastel blues and pale pastel yellows, and a raw-edged non-conventional shape.





"I can see you in the distance" by Jeannie French; Brookings, SD
“I can see you in the distance” by Jeannie French; Brookings, SD

This round platter had a wonderful color combination, and just a great shape/size/color balance.  As for her motivation here is a quote from the Dakota Talent Magazine:    “Her work focuses on snippets of current and past experiences captured from brief yet everlasting moments in time. Ideas and images are narrated from memories, thoughts, and words. She wants to express the humor, fragility, delicate balance and whimsy of life as it is and how it should be. The dialogue becomes a journey with stories open for interpretation.”



A moment of insanity" by Meghan Sullivan, Appleton, WI
A moment of insanity” by Meghan Sullivan, Appleton, WI

When I looked up Meghan’s web site I found a large numbr of figurative works, including a lot of sculptures of human figures.  The platter here is tagged as “wheel thrown ceramics”, so she maybe exploring something new with this piece.    A quote from her web site: ” The past history of the figures, although unknown, is as important to me as the present narrative. Therefore, while the conclusion may not be clear, the meaning of my work is found in the pondering of it.”




Videos are fairly rare at ceramics exhibits, but the idea to include a video depicting human reaction to a ceramic sculpture may open the door for future applicant at this and other exhibits.

"2724 W Armitage, Chicago, IL" by Charity White, Chicago, IL
“2724 W Armitage, Chicago, IL” by Charity White, Chicago, IL


So, here is a precise description from Vimeo: ”  video documentation of the public’s interaction with a life size ceramic sculpture of a small child. The Child is left in the recessed entrance to an abandoned two flat in a regentrifying neighborhood. This piece calls to question the notion of belonging, and the right to space within regentrification and who is left, taken, or manipulated in the process?”



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