Transforming Earth into Art


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


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…

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…

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…

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…

Ojo Verde

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

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…

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…

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…

The Salmon Galaxy

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

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…



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

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,...

Luna’s Bowl

Luna’s Bowl

Description Luna’s Bowl is named for the mare who belongs to a neighbor here in Buena Vista. The 3 circular squiggly swirls were created by Luna’s tail hair, positioned over the ferric chloride, sugar crystals and bits of copper wire that created the imagery, during...

One Tear Before the Deluge

One Tear Before the Deluge

Description The carving  into the rim of this piece represents the one tear shed before the deluge arrives. The blue cascading below the singe tear represents the deluge. At least that’s the way it is with me! One little tear escapes, then I fall apart. The blue was...

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