Jose Sierra's past and present surroundings influence his work. The images and memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscapes, pre-Colombian art and architecture of the Andean region of Venezuela all form an important part of his visual inspirations. These elements combine with contemporary design as well as the geometry of the Catalina Mountains to influence and inspire his work. The range of textures and colors of the Andes and Catalinas also inform Sierra's palette of glazes and engobes, which are achieved through high-firing in oxidation and reduction. By altering wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware, Sierra's work fuses organic and geometrical forms, in which he expresses both the fluidity and abruptness of the shapes and lines in the landscapes and architecture that surround him.
6858 Paoli Road • Paoli, Wisconsin 53508 • 608-845-6600 • Located just southwest of Madison