Article interpretation and ceramic art photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA
The Published News Article
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.
Molten rock glaze mixed with White Cascade gave this pattern.
This was glazed by a mixture of Herb Garden and White Cascade.
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.
The back area is Monsoon Seas, and the side areas are Laguna Blue glazing.
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.