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    • 22 Mar 2017
    • (MDT)
    • 01 Aug 2017
    • (MDT)
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop

    Apply by August 1, 2017.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.

    Workshop is September 8 to 10, 2017. We will notify recipient by August 10, 2017.

    We are proud to offer, a scholarship for one participant at our annual Ghost Ranch workshop.  The workshop presenter this year is well-known artist Lauren Karle.  Here is more information about the workshop.

    This scholarship is intended to assist a clay artist who is unable, for financial reasons, to attend the workshop, but who would benefit from the program.  Preference will be given to students. 

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Friday, September 8 at 1:00 pm to Sunday, September 10 at 3:00 pm.  The scholarship will include full registration and meals and room accommodations at the Ranch.  If transportation is needed within New Mexico, members who are attending the workshop from various locations around the state can provide a ride.

    Apply through this website through August 1, 2017 by filling in this event registration.  A committee of the NMPCA board will review all applications and select the recipient and two alternates.  Notification of the committee's selection will be sent by August 10. 

    If you have any questions, please call Judy Nelson-Moore, (505)466-3070 or send an email to jnm@nmpotters.org. 
    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 05 Jun 2017
    • various

    Who does the work of presenting the Celebration of Clay?  You do!  

    It takes the combined effort of a lot of people to present the annual Celebration of Clay.  We have identified 24 jobs with 60 people doing those jobs.  Some people need to do more than one job. This year we make it easier for you to decide how you can help and sign up.  You select one or more tasks that you want to perform by "registering" for a job here on this event.  Just choose a "new registration" to sign up for an additional task.

    We can't put on the annual Celebration of Clay exhibition without a lot of effort on the part of our members.  

    You should plan to sign up for two tasks if you can. There are tasks that are widely varied in the times they are to be performed, the skills required, and the location.  Several can be done at home.  Several are contiguous on the same day and place, making it easy to sign up for two tasks or flexible if your time is limited.  

    If you absolutely cannot perform any of the tasks, but still want to participate in the show, would you be willing to contribute to the expenses of the show?  You can do that here...select the final "task" in this registration.    

    See All Task Details

    It is important that you review this page on the Celebration of Clay website to see all the jobs and the details of what is involved, the perform date, and the location and conditions.   

    To sign up for the first task, select register and follow the prompts.  Then, sign up for another task by registering a second time for this same event.

    Signing up for each task is limited to the number of people needed for that task.  If there is a task you really want to do, but it is already fully taken, you can sign up for the waitlist on that task.  If someone can't do their job, we will ask you to step in.  

    If you have any questions, call

    COC Show Co-Chairs:

    Jacquita Beddo, (505) 670-1462

    Judy Nelson-Moore, (505) 466-3070

    or email us at coc@nmpotters.org

    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • 01 Jun 2017
    • (MDT)
    • Gallery Arriba, Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 46

    Celebration of Clay 2017 
    Light and Shadow

    July 1 - August 25, 2017

    Last day to enter:  June 1st, 2017

    Members of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists are invited to participate in our annual Celebration of Clay exhibit. This show is our opportunity to share exciting ceramic creations.

    You must be logged in to this site as a member to register for this event.  Log in with your email and password at the upper right.  If you are not a member, click here to join first.

    Our theme this year is “Light and Shadow.” There are many ways you can interpret this theme. It could be light vs shadow or finding some light in shadow. In some ways we are always considering our work with the ideas of light and shadow when we work with a 3-dimensional medium like clay. It is through light and shadow that our brains interpret an object as 3-dimensional. 

    The show will be displayed at Gallery Arriba, Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu, New Mexico from July 1st to August 25, 2017.  Two openings will be held, one on July 1st, 4-6pm, and the 2nd one on August 4, 4-6 pm.  

    Entries are also displayed on our exhibition website, www.celebrationofclay.com where we will again feature our interactive People’s Choice Vote.

    Show Timeline

    Entry Due June 1
     Advance Publicity Photos  May 1-June 1
     Website Deadline  June 19
     Deliver work to collection points*  June 19-22
     Deliver pedestals to Galleria Arriba  June 26
     Deliver work to Galleria Arriba  June 27
     Show Setup  June 26-30
    Show Duration July 1-August 25   
     Opening Reception July 1 4-6pm
     2nd Reception August 4 4-6pm
     People's Choice Voting July 1-August 23
     People's Choice Award Announced August 25
     Take down exhibit, repacking work August 26-28

    Pick up entries from collection points 
    in Santa Fe /ABQ

    August 29


    All members of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists are eligible. To become a member of NMPCA, join here.   Students encouraged to join and enter at a reduced rate!  

    Before you register, log into this website at the upper right using the email and password you set up when you joined.  This will open up the registration options to you as a member.  


    Submit your entry online at www.nmpca.com on the event registration page. Entry Fee is $15 for the first piece and $10.00 for the second piece. Students can enter up to 2 pieces for $10 per entry.  Payment may be made online or by check payable to NMPCA c/o Treasurer at PO Box 26811, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6811.


    Galleria Arriba accepts items for sale at a 65/35 split. The artist receives 65%, the gallery 35%. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


    The website celebrationofclay.com will have a gallery of the pieces in the show.  Provide a digital image (600 pixels high) and a one-paragraph artist statement for your gallery page.  Your description of how your image fits into the theme will be included, and a link to your own website or studio tour page.  Send to coc@nmpotters.org


    Please understand the Abiquiu Inn insurance does not cover exhibited art.  Artists desiring insurance are advised to arrange for coverage themselves.  Artist exhibiting work agree to hold the NMPCA volunteers harmless from any costs or claims arising out of any damages or losses in handling, transporting, packing, and/or unpacking of work. We will do our best to take care of the work.


    Publicity photos, of higher resolution (more than 1000 pixels high) are needed and will be used to promote the exhibition, so we need these early. We will use these higher quality images on a first come first serve basis and will be accepted between May 1st and June 1st.  coc@nmpotters.org. Please indicate that your submission is for the advanced publicity.


    The walls in Galleria Arriba have no hanging system for heavy wall pieces. All work must be gallery ready with hanging system installed on the work. If you are planning on a wall piece that you are concerned about please contact Jacquita Beddo (505-670-1462) or Judy Nelson-Moore (505-466-3070) well in advance so we can determine feasibility. Freestanding work should fit safely on an 18”x18” base. It may be possible to install larger work providing space is available but the artist will be required to install and remove the work their self—again advance notice is required. We will not accept work we deem as unsafe or damaged.


    Please volunteer in order to make this exhibit possible. We need your help.  See the final page for special instructions about volunteer jobs.  If you absolutely can not help we understand and would still like you to participate and ask that you also pay an extra $25 for each piece in the exhibition.


    We will have three collection points to deliver and pick up your work, see time-line.

    Albuquerque: Business Printing Service

    Leonard Baca

    4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque




    UNM Arts Building, Studio 150

    Kathy Cyman, (505) 280-7152 (text)


    Santa Fe: Luisa Baldinger

    880 B Chicoma Vista, Santa Fe



    Taos:  Seri Kotowski, (575) 758-7029, 

              serit@cybermesa.com   Call or email for address.

    You can also deliver or ship your work directly to the Abiquiu Inn. There is a some space at the Inn to hold pieces being shipped . If you do ship, the pieces must arrive on or before June 27th. Work you are delivering yourself will be accepted on June 27 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Gallery. 

    All work whether taken to collection points, delivered yourself to Gallery Arriba or shipped must be boxed and labelled according to instructions in the Call for Entries and included in your confirmation email.  

    Here is the printed Call For Entries.  
    • 26 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • 29 May 2017
    • 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    Ghost Ranch Volunteer Camp

    New Covered Workspace at Pinon, Ghost RanchV-Camp is closed...we have enough people.  

    Last year we had two wonderful workshops at Ghost Ranch and have settled into the "temporary" quarters in Pinon building.  The Ranch has invested time and money to make the space work for us. Now it is time for us to do a few enhancements ourselves and get the studio ready for the 2017 workshop season.  

    Sign up by May 20, 2017, subject to space availability

    We will be holding V-Camp on Memorial Day Weekend again.  This gives us one extra day so we will can get a lot of work done and have some fun, too.  

    The Ranch is providing free housing and meals for those working during Volunteer Camp.  Housing is in Corral block, and we will have separate Men's and Women's rooms, with 3-5 beds in each.  Bathrooms are down the portal.  

    2016 V-Camp, Jack Roberts, Fixes shelves in studio at Ghost Ranch.V-Camp is a great time for members to get to know one another and to have an exchange of ideas while working to maintain the facility. The mission statement of the NMPCA is to promote education in the ceramic arts, and by maintaining this site we are contributing to the well being of this magical educational facility, making sure it is kept in good working condition for our 2017 workshops and beyond.

    Work activities this year include:  Cleaning the gas kiln burners after the flood, moving the saggar kiln up from Pot Hollow, determining shelving in the portal area near the kilns, and cleaning and organizing everything, as usual.  

    For fun, we plan to have a couple of exciting demonstrations by master potters, and possibly a group play event.  

    If you have questions, call Barbara Campbell, the event coordinator, at (575) 581-4430 or email becampbell33@gmail.com

    We will let you know about any special items to bring, but in general work gloves, work clothes, dust masks for cleanup and sturdy shoes, rakes, shovel, pick-ax, trowel.

    Workshop with Sheryl Zacharia, 2016, Ghost Ranch in Pinon workspace

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch Pinon

    The annual meeting is our one chance a year to all get together in the same place. It’s our chance to laud our clay community and enjoy being all together. There are so many wonderful people in this group and this is our opportunity to put faces to names and possibly meet some new people.

    This year has another special feature too. We are holding the annual meeting at the Ghost Ranch. In 2015, we lost our beloved Pot Hollow to a flood. We have now carved ourselves a new spot. Although it’s not completely new we’ve made some additions and the Ranch has added to the facilities as well. We are excited about all the new memories we plan to create in the space. Plus, it will be great fun to show what your donations have brought to the place. We have our feet under us again so that we can continue to offer the workshops that we all love at Ghost Ranch.

    Please note we are continuing the tradition of having a pot luck for the annual so bring a dish to share. We will provide drinks and paper goods.

    The annual meeting is also where we vote to add board members. It marks the time when those who have served the full amount of time as per the bylaws go off the board. We want to thank Phil Green and Karin for their 6 consecutive years of service. Another board member Michael has received an exciting appointment to a residency in Japan and will be resigning. Our board is not complete filled out so with those vacancies and the 3 mentioned there will be at least 6 positions we can fill.  We will be putting forth some names to be considered but there can always be nominations from the floor if anyone would like to throw their hat in the ring as well.

    Arrive a bit early at 12:30 PM to enjoy some social time and we’ll get started with the meeting at 1:00 PM and the meeting will last until 3:00 PM. This will give us a little time to cleanup then we all head down the road a bit and make it to the Opening Reception for the Celebration of Clay, “Light and Shadow,” at the Abiquiu Inn. The reception will run from 4-6:00 PM in the Galleria Arriba at the Abiquiu Inn.

    Can’t wait to see all of you!

    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 21

    Jerry Bennett
    Handbuilding with Paper Clay

    August 21-26, 2017
    Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

    Register by July 20, 2017, but limited spaces available, so register as early as you can.

    sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists

    Registration Costs:

    NMPCA Member – $600.00 This registration type includes a $25 discount.

    Regular – $625.00Non-NMPCA members registrations. Get a $25 discount. Join NMPCA for $25/year or $10 as a student and get the discounted registration. Click "join" above, complete the member form, and pay for your membership. Then, return here and register as a member. If already an NMPCA member, log in at the upper right to activate member registration.

    Meal package for 5 days: $168 

    Rooms at Ghost Ranch range from $450 to $750, less for camping.  

    Jerry Bennett, a leading international paper clay artist, conducts a hands-on workshop providing opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to functional pottery and sculptural forms using paper clay.

    Jerry guides artists of all experience levels through how to make paper clay and bonding slips for hand-built forms. In this five-day workshop, expand your understanding of this unique material to make both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Gain valuable insight as Jerry shares practical, problem-solving advice related to your studio work.  With paper clay, you can break the rules and discover new and exciting ways of working. 

    This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Ghost Ranch and learn about paper clay from an expert.  


    We will be working with cone 6 porcelain so please bring to the workshop hand building tools + small pair of scissors and a clean canvas to work on.  Participants in the hands-on workshop will receive clay materials and handouts that will provide valuable information about paper clay, glaze formulas, supplier information. 

    Five Day Workshop includes:

    Individual and Group Instructor Demonstrations
    Slide Presentations
    Individual Instructor Classes
    Group Instructor Critique
    At least one bisque and glaze firing


    About Jerry Bennett:

    Jerry Bennett is currently an active studio artist in the Philadelphia area and runs the Two Rivers Studio. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at Holy Family University in Philadelphia for many years. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975 and has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the USA and recently was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet Hungary. For additional information please visit www.jerrybennett.net


    For additional information about Ghost Ranch accommodations and meal service, what to expect at the ranch, as well as information about alternatives to staying on the Ranch, please visit our Ghost Ranch information page.

    Here is a pdf with workshop information and mail-in registration form.

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 19

    Lauren Karle
    Sewing Clay
    Slip Transferred Patterns on Slab-built Pots

    sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA)

    a 2-day workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    September 8-10, 2017

    Register by August 7, 2017

    Lauren Karle leads a hand-on workshop exploring pattern transferred to slabs, and then shows us all her tricks to make wonderful functional hand-build pottery. 

    Lauren explains, “Pattern can reference culture; it can imply time and place. In this workshop, we will slip transfer meaningful patterns onto slabs of clay. By experimenting with layers of prints, texture, painting, resist, slip trailing, and more our surfaces will be visually interesting and embedded with significance. Using our decorated slabs, we will hand build pots by darting and seaming. Lectures about pattern and form development will allow each participant to expand their ideas. We will discuss how pattern and color can be used to enhance volume, merging surface and form.” 

    Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to try Lauren's techniques themselves.  

    Learn more about Lauren, her community projects and her ceramic works at www.laurenkarle.com .  

    Accommodations and meals are handled slightly differently at Ghost Ranch this year, to see this page of our website for an explanation of accommodations, meal service, and what to expect, plus alternatives to staying on the ranch.

    Here are more pictures of Lauren's work:  

    Here is a link to a pdf with information about the workshop and a mail-in registration form.

Award Winning Ceramic Art: 2016 Celebration of Clay

Below are the winners of the 2016 Celebration of Clay Juried Awards.  For more information, see the Celebration of Clay website

Best of Show
Joe Bova
Mad Mopsey
Beauty-Quality-Functionality Award
Randy Summers 
  Domestication of the Gila Gray Wolves
Award of Merit
Sheri Kotowski
Meeting at the Edge
Award of Merit
Douglas Peck
I am Batmouse
Award of Merit
Sheri Kotowski
Mending Broken Dreams

People's Choice Award
Judy Nelson-Moore
Struggle and Release

The Slip Trail our newsletter has been a feature of the NMPCA for longer than almost any single member remembers!  Keeping up with modern communication methods has meant a change in The Slip Trail format from the old paper mailed format, through the emailed pdf format, and now an online Blog...available all the time and updated as information becomes available. 

We do have a publication that is closer to what is generally thought of as a newsletter called "eNews." This arrives in members Inbox roughly once a week and is a separate publication with a separate editor from "The Slip Trail"

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