Photos and report by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, USA.
I’m a member of several artist associations, including the St Louis Artists’ Guild. For the past 16 years the Guild has conducted a fundraiser event, called Collectors’ Choice. This is an ingeniously organized, and excellently executed series of events.
First, member artists are asked to donate a piece of artwork valued more than $250. Once the collection is selected, 146 art pieces became part of this year’s event. This is the piece I donated. This is a decorative tray/sculpture measuring 10X10 inches. The piece represent the trace that a shark leaves in the ocean as it’s moving about. The trace is like an imprint in the water as the swimming shark pressures a patch of water. When you find the trace the shark is long gone, and all us humans can see is a fractured patch of ocean water.
Technically, this piece is the result of long sets of experimentations. The wavy sheet of clay is supported by feet that are curled down and in, so they are hidden from view, but still lift the sheet off the pedestal. The ceramic sheet was glazed and glaze fired, and then a matching sized white glass sheet was cut, and the glass slumped onto the glazed surface. The cracks of the glass were stained by India ink (this is the border on the piece). Finally, red oil paint was pushed into the cracks in the middle region of the piece. The paint got caught in the cracks, and this is the trace, the hint of the shark.
As you can see, everybody is having fun. Here are some more pictures of the gallery.
In addition to the donated art works, there was a table with jewelry, clothing, and greeting cards for sale.
After about an hour and a half of socializing, and checking out the donated art, everybody settled down for the drawing.
From a cylinder filled with paper slices with names, Patrick Murphy, a local news reporter for Public Television, pulled the names of ticket holders. The a ticket holder then named the art piece they wanted to take home, and physically took the art piece with them. So from the walls the paintings and drawings slowly disappeared. My piece was picked as # 112, which is pretty late, but I hope it found a great home.
My selection was a diptych painting, and once I have my own home I’ll be hanging it.