Jarred Pfeiffer was born into clay. Growing up with a high school ceramics teacher as a father, he grew up surrounded by art and clay. Jarred holds a Bachelors of Science in Art from University of Wisconsin. In 2013, Jarred graduated with his MFA in Ceramics from Kansas State University studying under Dylan Beck. His thesis show, The Elegance of Structure, explored the relationship of mathematics and the world around us. Jarred spent the next 6 years as the head of ceramics at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Jarred recently completed a 5-week residency at Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Shigaraki, Japan. He has also been a resident at Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, Cub Creek Studios, and Carroll University.
These works were made during my 5 week residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan. I was there during December and January of 2019/2020. While there, I experimented with both sculptural and functional objects created from 11 different native Japanese clays. This ranged from coarse red clays with feldspar chunks, to smooth white porcelains. My residency culminated in a 24 firing of their “minigama” wood fired kiln. This process allows for a buildup of wood ash over time to self “glaze” the work. Each of the different clay bodies reacted quite differently to this atmospheric firing. The subtlety of surfaces achieved through this process brings the work to life.