Mosaic of corals is perfectly natural, and looks cool at the same time.

Article interpretation and ceramic art photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA


The Published News Article


‘Crazy Jigsaw Puzzles’ Improve Our Views of Coral Reefs

A century ago, if you wanted to document ocean life, you’d throw on a 60-pound glass helmet, dive in and sketch whatever passed by with a lead pencil on a zinc tablet. Today most scientists studying corals still dive with an hour’s worth of oxygen and a plastic piece of paper, using their personal judgments to jot down all they can before the air runs out.

The colorful false digital imaging of corals got my attention in this article.  The image shows the patchwork, the jigsaw puzzle-like appearance of coral colonies within Palmyra Reef, near Hawaii.  This coral mosaic is not only the result of natural landing of coral polyps on free reef surface, but also the physical breaking apart, and then restart of corals, and the subsequent establishment of a living coral colony.

Beachfront Pottery Pieces

Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been channeling the mosaic nature of  the growing coral reef in many of my pieces.  Many ceramic glazes create a mosaic of darker and lighter colors, and the coral-like mosaic feature shows up on several of my ceramic pieces.

“Deep Sea Scroll, V” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL



Molten rock glaze mixed with White Cascade gave this pattern.





“Hawaii” bowl by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


This was glazed by a mixture of Herb Garden and White Cascade.







“Mystic Stingray” bowl by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


The dark area is Cranberry Burst, the pink area is Lilly Jade, and the light tip of the stingray is Lilly Jade and White Cascade mix.





Manta Ray-inspired bowl by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL
Jellyfish Swarm trivet by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


The back area is Monsoon Seas, and the side areas are Laguna Blue glazing.















“Hawaii Bowl” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL
Closeup of “Hawaii Bowl” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL



Autumn Feathers glaze.






The closeup shows the mosaic nature of this glazed surface.








Inspiration for Future Ceramic Pieces

Here I want to show a test tile where I glazed a humpback whale figure using several different glazes.  The mosaic, patchwork type of glazing may be an attractive and expressive tool in future pieces, and also provide the organic link to coral reefs.

Test glazing from Beachfront Pottery, Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL






















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