Discover Local Artists: PBCC Ceramic Art Show and Sale

The Art Gallery at Palm Beach Community College, Eissey Campus presents its 6th Annual Ceramic Show and Sale featuring work by both student artists and professionals, on December 4-5.

Amelia Costa
Amelia Costa

Amelia Costa of Boynton Beach aims to guide her viewers into observing ordinary objects that represent the minutiae of every day life as beautiful in their simplicity.

“I would like to share with the viewer what I see, the small stories within the surfaces of seemingly everyday objects, which catch the light and cast shadows and come alive,” she said. “It is like looking into an alternate reality in which these objects glow and become extraordinary.”

Sunset Mugs are 5 inches tall, low fire clay, and $17 each.


Costa paints with oils and acrylics and has recently started painting on board, which accepts layers and layers of paint. She glazes and builds up the surface to create an illusion of looking through glass or the reflection of objects on a highly polished metal surface.

She is inspired by traditional still-life works from the Renaissance, which were filled with objects imbued with mystical or magical significance. “For me, a still life is a window that allows me to see a snippet of someone else’s life. In Spanish, the term for still life is “naturaleza muerta,” which means dead nature, not alive.

“But I find a still life to be full of life and energy and also full of mysteries.”

Brian Kovachik
Brian Kovachik

Brian Kovachik of North Palm Beach aims to create functional artworks on the potter’s wheel that incorporate usefulness, interaction, sharing, involvement and history.

“My works are made from various stoneware clay bodies exposed to wood firing processes. The emergence of earth tones in colored glazes and slips address visually a relationship between the vessels and the origin of the material,” he said.

Sake bottle and cup, 7 by 4-by-4 inches, wood-fired stoneware clay, is priced at $50.


From ancient eastern methods of wood firing to modern day wood firing, this process connects a community of potters with the past, which he finds gratifying.

“Though formed and manipulated to serve a purpose, pleasure is taken continuing this developed connection with the user in everyday life by having my works used with a purpose,” he said.

Artists may be available to interact with clientele during the sale. The Art Alliance of Palm Beach Community College receives a portion of the proceeds for scholarships.

The show dates and times are Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Art Gallery at Palm Beach Community College, Eissey Campus is located at 3160 PGA Blvd., BB113, Palm Beach Gardens. For information, call (561) 207-5015.

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