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 2 of the 5-part report about the exhibited pieces; I’ll look at traditional pots, vases and bowls. Part 1 included conventional plates/platters, and a video presentation; 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.
The two pots by David Harris are cone 10 fired stoneware; the surface has this aged, matte, natural stone look. Not sure what inspired the guardian pots (and/or the guardians being birds). On his website there are 30+ guardian vessels, and all has a bird and most has the spiral snail shell-like shape.
This a very tall (around 3 feet), and substantial vase. I don’t see anything like this on Tim’s web site, so it’s hard to come up with the inspiration for this piece. In his statement Tim states: ” mywheel thrown vases as studies in the style of Greek vases, arts and crafts movement, and Asian dynasties .”
This is a 2 feet tall vase that was twisted and shaped after wheel throwing. The name is from the shino glaze she used. In her web site this vase shows up in the late 2015 gas-firing pool. Check out the wood fired pieces; they are awesome!
This was the only bowl in the exhibit; this is a large (about 18 inches in diameter) piece with a wonderfully undulating edge, and a translucent glaze. As she states: “”I seek to create interest out of commonplace occurrences.” She is most definitely succeeded with this bowl.
The two vessel forms were my first exposure to the ceramics of G.E. Colpitts. The vessel forms were delicate and vulnerable, but at the same time they were substantial and strong. The narrow bottom and the continually widening body made these vessels look great. On top of that the surface treatment (not sure if this was underglaze or something else) gave these vessels a patina-like coloration that made these vessels look weathered, These two vessel forms were one of my favorite pieces in this exhibit.
This jar looked so unusual; both the bottom and the lid of the jar both resting on the flat surface. My first thought was that this form might be the result of a “happy accident” in the pottery studio, where a coil-built jar falls over while the clay is still wet. On the other hand this piece could be the result of purposeful design, in which case it would be interesting to know the narrative.
This is a wonderfully shaped, and decorated vessel. The human figures and the geometric decorations are done by the sgraffito technique. The clean look typically seen on vases, plates by Eric Bosch, is on full display here.
This vessel is a typical look of Stuart Asprey’s pieces where he is doing his visual storytelling; on this vessel he is more on the whimsical, irreverent side of his narrative.
The Texas Tommie is a grilled hot dog wrapped in bacon and cheddar cheese. I couldn’t find anything more about the origin/inspiration behind the topic of these pieces. These are large pieces; about 20-30 inches tall!
This was a pristinely executed teapot with some unusual twists. Dahlan’s intent of transforming a utilitarian form into works of ceramic sculpture is clear. My search found that Dahlan’s work draws upon traditional Islamic art, and that’s perhaps the explanation for the geometric decoration that is similar to what’s seen inside mosques, and other places where Islamic art is represented.