Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 8

Signature decorated base of a bowl by Jarrett West. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Oct. 16-18 is Art Weekend in Los Alamos! Both the 2015 Los Alamos Studio Tour and the Gateway to the Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair will take place that weekend. The Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring artists from both events leading up to the Tour and Fair.

The 2015 Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be an artists’ reception 5-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Samples of all artists’ work will be on display throughout the weekend in the Pajarito Room at historic Fuller Lodge.

The Fuller Lodge “Gateway to the Holidays” Arts & Crafts Fair runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at Crossroads Bible Church. A list of particating artists and their work can be viewed at


Teapost by Jarrett West. Courtesy photo


Meet Jarrett West

Jarrett West is a dedicated ceramicist now, but in earlier years he worked as a builder, designing and building homes and studios of adobe, straw-bales and stone.

That past experience is reflected today in his recent sculptures, towering up to 10 feet and using up to 1,000 pounds of clay. The attention to crafting a harmonious space with elements from the earth is also reflected in his functional ceramics, from teapots to lidded jars and bowls.

At the summer Arts & Crafts Fair in August, West was practically hoarse at the end of the day from talking. He loves to interact with shoppers, sharing his passion for clay and the various projects he is pursuing. Although it’s the functional pieces that usually go home with customers, he gets most animated when talking about his water features.

He will bring a few of the smaller ones to a fair, each around three feet tall. He encourages people to visit him at his studio to see other favorite pieces.

A delightful and unique feature of West’s functional pottery is the decoration of the bottom. Rather than leave the resting side of a piece naked, he inscribes it with writing or figures or paints a mini-scene.

 West tends to resist perfect symmetry, opting for asymmetrical balance in his pieces. The teapot handles may be copper tubing or twisted wire. All his pieces are high-fired and durable.

About his process West said, “This stage is all physical, no assistants, no machines, just bare feet and a good breakfast.”

Pottery by Jarrett West. Courtesy photo
Necklace by Jen Moss. Courtesy photo

Meet Jen Longmire Moss   

Jen Moss is sharing painter Kate O’Donnell’s studio at her home on Bathtub Row for the 2105 Los Alamos Art Tour.

“I first felt the allure to beads as a child when my mother made glass beaded Christmas ornaments with all the beautiful beads laid out on a tray,” Moss said. “I began making jewelry as a teen and came to love the art of creating unique jewelry pieces with color, texture, style, and beauty.”

Lobelia came to life in 1992 and sold at craft fairs and home sales, and any other venue that proved to be fulfilling. 

“My friend Kate managed the Jemez Bath House and became a regular customer for my creations, along with friends and relatives.  Lobelia jewelry has been on display and sold at Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery shop since 1995,” she said. “I enjoy metalwork and enamels as well as remaking of older jewelry pieces into my designs. I collect vintage and unusual buttons and have incorporated them into my recent work. Other passions of mine include reading, sewing, knitting and crochet, gardening, photography,  outdoor adventures, road trips, junking (yard sales and thrift shops) for treasures, and spending time with cherished friends and family.”

Moss’ work is on display for sale at the Fuller Lodge Art Center as well as two other New Mexico venues.

Jewelry by Jen Moss. Courtesy photo


Pendent by Jen Moss. Courtesy photo