Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Perkins.
Jeff, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I became passionate about clay in High school and knew from that day on; I wanted to work with clay. I loved throwing on the wheel. I went to ASU and got a BFA in Ceramics and Photography in 1977 and then went to NAU and got my masters in 1985.
I grew up and went to High School at Verde Valley School, a private high school in Sedona. I have been teaching here for the past 40 years.
My work has been influenced by primitive art and Hopi Kachinas. I was taken to a Kachina dance at an early age by my father, and it made a profound impression on me. That has lasted a lifetime.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love to make large, round thrown forms that have very narrow bottoms that make the pots seem to float. It takes hours to make a pot. The form is stretched paper thin. My sculptures are whimsical and come from my imagination but are influenced by Katchina’s I do not want to make native American Art. It is my own interpretation. I want my sculptures to look primitive and spontaneous.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
You are only as good as your last piece. Never be afraid to try new things. Always look at other art for inspiration and all kinds of art. And it is all about the work. You have to be passionate and driven about your work.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I show my artwork at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, the Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and at the Cow Canyon Trading Post in Bluff, Utah. I have a website jeffreycperkins.net.
- Address: You can see my work at the Galleries I stated on the previous page and you can see my work on Instagram.