Wandering the turquoise trail to meet New Mexico artist Jarrett West

Wandering the turquoise trail to meet New Mexico artist Jarrett West

While wandering the Turquoise trail on a trip to New Mexico, I traveled up the road and followed the signs …So happy to discover artist Jarrett West and his studio tucked up into a hill like a creative oasis in the desert sun.  Jarrett was so warm and invited us to come inside and take a look.
You are greeted to the outside with a sculpture garden of his work.  Jarrett's work as a sculptor is impressive and at the same time very approachable with pieces of modern art designed to live long among nature. You can immediately recognize he is an artist who lives his life and work as one.  After talking with Jarrett you can see his studio is very connected to him as he hand built it using straw bale and stone techniques that inspire his work.  Jarrett makes each piece of pottery with the spirit of care and strength.  I felt most inspired behind the scenes at work in progress taking a glimpse of collected art, photos and relics around the studio that tell their own story. The artisan studio is filled with creative energy and his relaxed way makes you want to linger...
Having grown up in the West on ranches you can see Jarrett's affinity in working with his hands. He uses a traditional treadle wheel with many of the pieces altered after throwing to develop the form further. Jarrett is obviously connected to nature and his artisan life on the turquoise trail. He hand built the outdoor kiln which is an outstanding sculpture on it's own.  And the stoneware pottery is all high fired in the outdoor kiln with each given unique glazes- so no two are alike and all are one of a kind.  That's definitely a perfect match for us at FOUND&MADE.  The pottery vessels are like little sculptures with each carrying his original makers mark impressed into the piece.  And we especially like how some of the pieces carry treasures he finds while wandering the New Mexico trails.  Like pieces of driftwood or stones that speak to him, he pairs up with each piece of pottery to capture a moment in time. 

We are so happy to offer a select grouping of Jarrett West pottery on the website. We hope you enjoy as much as we do, for days to come.  


Jarrett West in studio - FOUND&MADE

studio artist Jarrett West New Mexico

Outdoor Hand built Kiln - Jarrett West New Mexico - FOUND&MADE

Jarrett West pottery in his New Mexico studio - FOUND&MADE


Jarret West studio

Stoneware Relic Jar Jarrett West - FOUND&MADE

Studio details Jarrett Weststudio relics new mexico artist Jarrett West

Modern meets Bohemian with Mt Washington Pottery

Modern meets Bohemian with Mt Washington Pottery

Today on the blog, I wanted to share more about meeting one of our FOUND&MADE featured artists, Mt Washington Pottery.  Beth Katz is the heart and soul of Mt Washington Pottery. When I first met Beth she was immediately warm and so inviting when visiting her Los Angeles studio.  Beth took the time to learn what we were starting up at FOUND&MADE.  And I shared how we were looking for artists that we connect with to help tell our story.  Both Beth and I have creative backgrounds and it was so much fun being able to relate in that way.  And I feel personally inspired by her work and what she has accomplished!  

Beth grew up influenced by the freedom of her childhood growing up in Topanga, California. An enclave for the bohemian spirit of artists, writers and musicians that is very much alive today. It’s one of the things that attracted us to Mt Washington Pottery, as you can see that free spirited influence in her pieces and feel the soulfulness of her work.            

We think Beth embodies the true spirit of her craft.  Her studio is wonderfully inspiring and full of beautiful moments that offer unintended displays of her pottery.  Whether it be a grouping of her iconic bells, carved lamps and mugs or the mixture of clay beads to make talisman…you can really feel the creative process.

Mt Washington pottery studio - FOUND&MADE blog

Notes and brushes sit beside her pottery wheel like a painterly still life and the studio gives has a zen nature with pieces lined up in the kiln ready for firing.  Each part of the process important on its own.  Beth creates modern beauty with each piece of pottery carrying the mark of her own thumbprints.  It's what we find beautiful in what's lasting and authentic.

Mt Washington Pottery Kiln - FOUND&MADE blog

When working on our opening collection of bells and talisman for FOUND&MADE.  Beth created a group of bells that was inspired by our travels along the West Coast.  The palette reflects the shades of nature that we find inspiring in coastal shades of blues and greens along with more earthy neutrals in whites and natural clay.  We really enjoy offering the bells as they are all each special in their own way.  Hand carved or hand thrown with a lot of artful goodness.  And the talisman have the intention to bring good luck and fortune to your home.  We love connecting with standout artists and sharing their work and we hope you do too! We are excited to offer our opening collection of Mt Washington Pottery.  To feel the soul passed along. TO LIVE A WELL LOVED LIFE.


photo credits: courtesy of Mt Washington Pottery.