Transforming Earth into Art

 

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

Gallery 

Luna’s Bowl

13”w x 4”h
Luna’s Bowl is named for the mare who belongs to a neighbor here in Buena Vista…

Raspberry Ripple

8.5″w x 7.5″h
Guess I was hungry for ice cream. Raspberry Ripple was my favorite as a child. It tasted just as wonderful…

Eve’s Pomegranate

4.5″w x 4.5″h
It wasn’t an apple, you know. It may have been a pomegranate, a beautiful Mediterranean fruit with…

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…

Kilauea’s Cocktail

8.5”w x 6”h
I’m working on developing a broader color pallet – this one includes verde copper accents that…

Ascendant

7.5″w x 13.5″h
Ascendant was a huge surprise when I took it out of the kiln. No two ways about it, those are angel wings…

Cherry Blossoms

12.5″w x 14″h
In addition to the white cherry blossoms, “Cherry Blossoms” has leaf and pine cone patterns randomly appearing. None of this is pre-planned. It’s the result of…

The Salmon Galaxy

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

A Simple Twist of Fate

9.5″w x 14.5″h
A Simple Twist of Fate (God’s divine plan) occurred when my husband, Bob, hung out with me in the studio for…

The Sun Shall Be Turned to Darkness

9″w x 5″h
I thought this bowl was going to be a test piece. Well, in the final analysis, EVERY thing I produce is…

We Have This Treasure in Jars of Clay

5.5″w x 6″h
A small vessel, a jar of clay, a fragile thing, but the treasure is there within it. Paul is telling the Corinthians…

The Spirit on Sandstone Mesa

9″w x 17.5″h
The Spirit on Sandstone Mesa is a dream-scape. When lost for inspiration I often mentally visit the red…

Ojo Verde

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

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

Rift Valley

Rift Valley

Description Rift Valley is oval in every direction. It’s oval vertically, from the side, and in cross section, as well as the throat. A fun challenge to build! As is all my work, it is hand-built using the native clay I dig from the Laramie formation. So, is the Rift...

Tsunami

Tsunami

Description Tsunami gives one the feeling of immersion in very deep water, with big strings of kelp, lots of bubbles and the sensation of a huge rolling wave on the sides. I particularly like the visual play between the “water elements” and the sandstone reds and...

Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave

Description Tidal Wave gives the viewer a distinct impression of sea-foam green water crashing over rocks with air bubbles trapped beneath the surface. As I experiment with color elements, I am continually surprised with the outcome of my firings. Wonderful things...

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