Transforming Earth into Art

 

Using equal parts archaeology and artistry, Patricia Jahla transforms soft, malleable clay into the ringing hardness of fired work

Gallery 

Alabaster Lily

8”w x 14″h
We planted a dozen lilies in our garden 2 years ago. Did little to nothing last year. This year…

The Salmon Galaxy

6″w x 11″h
“The Salmon Galaxy” is named for a small galaxy of that same name, recently discovered…

Celestial Midnight Rose

7″w x 11″h
“Celestial Midnight Rose” is named to honor a new hybrid tea rose developed in 2019, whose color is about the same…

Ojo Verde

10″w x 4″h
Ojo Verde is kind of autobiographical. My eyes, normally grey-blue, turn green when I…

Ikebana on the Rocks

4”w x 9.5″h
I’ve always been fascinated with the art of Ikebana and how the asymmetry of the flower arrangement completes…

Grizzly Creek Fire and Floods

10.5″w x 17″h
Grizzly Creek’s fire and floods in the summer of 2021 is a salutary lesson in counting the cost before one begins to build. The most expensive…

Green River Drought

10″w x 16″h
It has been a difficult summer, little rain, all-pervasive smoke, fire on every hand. The Green River has dwindled in some places to puddles…

Prizes and Kind Words

My work has been honored at the Chaffee Arts Open Awards Show featuring over 100 pieces of art created by 53 local artists. Award-winning sculptures are available for purchase. You can also read what my kind friends say about my work.

Like clay in the potter’s hand…

 

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Digging my own clay, while laborious, is another connection with the earth that provides my materials. Explore the slow, contemplative coiling process and the firing methods that are like a gift from God out of the kiln.

Prior Work

Fancy Fumarole

Fancy Fumarole

Description Fancy Fumarole – a humorous name, but indicative of the volcanic origin of many of the substances with which I create my work. For instance, ferric chloride, the liquid iron source responsible for the pink/red/orange/purple part of the color spectrum that...

In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

Description “In the Beginning… God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Genesis 1:1. A verse that inspires all manner of metaphors, visual and literary, and encourages our...

A Bowl Full of the Universe

A Bowl Full of the Universe

Description "A Bowl Full of the Universe" is named for the star clusters and orbital paths that appeared under the saggar wrapping as it fired. This piece has a "history" shall we say. I built it in 2003 and it moved with us twice, from Colorado Springs to Woodmoor,...

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