Jarrett West was born in 1964 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After developing an interest in ceramics during high school, he began a series of apprenticeships with Mary Ann Gerber, Peter Dougan, and Robert Brodsky that would span a nine year period.
The studio is located in the high desert setting outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. All of the work from functional ware to sculpture is created entirely by Jarrett West.
The functional work is all turned using a traditional treadle wheel, with many of the pieces altered after turning for further development of form. West’s functional work is created with a stoneware clay body fired to 2,192° F. Glazes are formulated in the studio and are both food and microwave safe. All work is one-of-a-kind with the original maker’s mark impressed into each piece.
For the larger sculpture projects, 50 lb slabs of clay are pounded out on the studio floor with some of the work requiring up to 1,000 lbs of clay. This stage is all physical; no assistants, no machines, just bare feet and a good breakfast.
From a functional teapot, to a ten foot outdoor sculpture, the ceramic process involves a spirit of care tempered with strength.