José Sierra, whose work is part of a two-person show opening at Santa Fe Clay on July 28, learned the basic skills of mixing clay and glazes as well as wheel throwing when he studied at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. After he moved to the U.S. in 2000, he was able to devote himself to ceramics full-time.
“The images and memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscape, pre-Columbian art and architecture as well contemporary design all combine to influence and inspire my work,” says Sierra, who recently moved to Albuquerque.
“I like to make simple forms using imagery that’s common to the Inca, Mayan and Aztec cultures. All these cultures were influenced by geometry, which is a universal language.” [Read More…]