Ceramic art pieces in the Shapes of Influence exhibit; part 2: sculptures.

Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035 USA

The location

Between August 5 and September 3, 2016, the art exhibit titled “Shapes of Influence, Contemporary Ceramics” took place in the  M.G. Nelson Family Gallery of the Springfield Art Association.  The gallery is built right next to the famous Edwards Place, a 19th century building that housed many generations of the Edwards family.


“Great Grandad’s Baseball Memories” ” by Suzanne Sidebottom, New Albany, IN


Suzanne’s artist statement tells us the she thinks about her pieces as stolen moments in time.  Her still lifes made from porcelain shows us baseball memorabilia, and gardening tools.  Exquisite detailing makes her work worth checking out.





“Seeds to Sow” by Suzanne Sidebottom, New Albany, IN


“The Reluctant Princess” by Mieke Zuiderweg, Chicago, IL


Mieke’s blog site tell us the this work was inspired by folk tales.  The sculpture is made of brown stoneware and porcelain (the tiara and the high heel shoe).








“Untitled” by Lindsey Beasley, Chicago, IL


Lindsey is pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy.  This piece may have come from her work as a undergraduate student.  I couldn’t find any further information.





“Scream” by Jim Budde, Boise, ID


Jim describes his work as influenced by Mesoamerican style that combines unique forms that become harmonious constructions.  He often creates “totemic” pieces, and this particular one sure looks like a totem.







“Maintaining a Tenuous Construct” by Brian Christensen, Orem, UT


Brian describes his works as line along formalism and narrative approaches. He employs bronze casting, steel fabrication and composite materials.








“Film Noir” by Brian Christensen, Orem, UT








“Renaissance” by JoAnn Schnabel, Cedar Falls, IA


JoAnn is a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Her current interest is to explore pieces that express unique qualities of clay such as modular construction and pieces that reference the vessel tradition. I can see how this piece reflects on and pushes the boundary of a vessel form.







“Trough” by Ben Grazzini, Toledo, OH


Ben is a self-taught artist who aims to display the natural way the fired clay looks.  He employs abstract contrast techniques int he tradition of Japanese fine craft pottery.   The rectangles he incises on his pieces are there to mark contrast to accentuate aspects of the form.




“Yellow Hearted Woman” by Lisa Marie Barber, Kenosha, WI


In her pieces the large figure serves a the centerpiece of some shrine.  In all, her piece is a form of personal meditation about the ease, beauty and wonder of the day.








“Luster Wedge” by Jill Birscbach, Evanston, IL


During her childhood years Jill has often encountered tools and complicate pieces of mysterious machinery.   Her pieces are reflections on those childhood memories; the pieces attempt to capture the intrigue and awe of industrial objects.






“Copper Cloud Picnic” by Matt Mitros, Tuscaloosa, AL


Matthew intends to create tension between two types of forms in his works.  One is the organic forms where textures glazes indicate the result of struggle for survival.  The other is the machines form where slipcast pieces, resin panels indicate the efficiency.







“Broken” by April Noble, Parker, CO


April’s pieces intend to make the intangible into tangible.  Her focus is on relationships between people and feeling of memories.






“Neighbors” by Kazume Sambe, Tucson, AZ


Kazume’s work combines the depiction of food items with advertising material (all in clay). He believes that advertisements make us compromise and accept the not so perfect reality of foods.  He creates sculptures where the social commentary is based on his Japanese black humor, island psychology, and illusion of democracy.




“Neighbors” by Kazume Sambe, Tucson, AZ








“Blue Roots II” by Mark Walnock, West Palm Beach, FL


While this is an intriguing looking ceramic creation, unfortunately I couldn’t find any detailed info about Mark or his art.






“Headdress” by Mary Harden, Monmouth, OR


Mary Harden was another artist whose work and inspiration I couldn’t find on the internet.  The glazing gives this piece an almost velvety look, fitting well with the clothing type it depicts.






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