The abstract minimal high fired ceramic sculptures that I am currently producing are all constructed from a locally blended stoneware clay body capable of withstanding the various requirements of exterior installations.  Because of a process called quartz inversion, the sculptures will endure the effects of snow, freeze/thaw, wind, hail, rain, and extreme sunlight UV exposure.

My forms are inspired by the observation and appreciation of the indigenous stone hammers found throughout the American Southwest.  Simplicity of shape with a slight suggestion of the human touch resonate within my work.

The ceramic surface is of great importance to create a sense of harmony and suggestion.  This process starts with the formulation of glazes, followed by considered application and culminating in the art and science of kiln firing.

The fusion of form and finish becomes an abstract minimal sculpture that enhances and incorporates the landscapes and architectures of our lives.

Thank you.  Jarrett West

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