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Wheel Thrown and Deconstructed Ceramics
by Jose Sierra, USA/Venezuala


The work of José Sierra is infused with the landscapes and cultures he has called home; Venezuela, Oregon and New Mexico. Alternately evoking the natural and the man-made, his vessels equally evoke mountains and architectural maquettes.
Wheel-thrown forms are the starting point for each piece, which are then altered and combined with hand-built additions. By altering the vessel, the work fuses organic and geometric forms, expressing both fluidity and abruptness, the natural and the built. Pre-Colombian art, architecture and contemporary design inform the artist’s shapes and patterns. The colors of the Andes and Catalina Mountains also inspire the palette of glazes and engobes, which are achieved through high-firing in oxidation and reduction.