Upcoming events

    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 07 Jul 2018
    • various

    Resonations in Clay - Life on the Bosque

    July 7 - September 30, 2018

    Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM

    Want to help put on a world-class juried exhibition sponsored by the NMPCA?  We need some help and the benefits to you are that you can get to know fellow members of the NMPCA better, learn about exhibition staging, and have fun.    

    The show committee is active in creating a very special exhibition and the jurors are thinking carefully about selecting the best work.  

    As a participant or a member of the NMPCA, you can select a task that you want to perform by "registering" for a job here on this event.  

    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. 

    See All Task Details

    To sign up, scroll down and select register at left and follow the prompts.  

    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, contact

    OSVC Clay Bosque Show Committee at claybosque@nmpca.com.  

    • 01 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • 30 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Galleries, Taos, New Mexico
    • 0

    Celebration of Clay 2018 
    Contemporary Ceramics - Informed by Tradition

    May 1 - 30, 2018  

    We have enough pieces for our exhibition.  Sorry, we cannot accept any more registrations.  Please do visit the exhibition in Taos:

    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 4 - 6pm

    Memorial Day Weekend Reception, May 26, 4-6pm

    Sponsored by New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


    As a member of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists, you are invited to participate in our annual Celebration of Clay exhibit. This show is our opportunity to share exciting ceramic creations.  The theme this year is

     “Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition”  

    Creating in clay has a long, rich history of over 10,000 years that spans continents and cultures. As contemporary clay artists we are all influenced by this age-old human tradition. This show seeks to highlight the many ways in which we as artists in present times reflect and are inspired by the past and marry the ancient aesthetics with not only with 21st century technology but also contemporary vision.

    This exhibit is coordinated with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. “Spring Arts” in Taos is celebration that showcases visual, performing, and literary arts of the community. Four galleries on Kit Carson Rd will be co-hosting this years’ show.

    Copper Moon Gallery, Diana Miller
    DAFA (David Anthony Fine Art), David Mapes
    Total Arts Gallery Inc., Emily Wilde
    Wilder/Nightingale Fine Art, Rob Wilder


    Award judges will be the gallery owners.  Awards will be announced at the reception on May 5.  

    Best of Show:  $200
    UNM Arita Porcelain Award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality: $100
    Three $50 Merit Awards.

    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  April 1
     Advance Publicity Photos  March 15
     Notification of gallery selections  April 15-16
     Deliver work to collection points  April 19-21
    Show Duration  May 1- May 30   
     Opening Reception and Awards Presentation      May 5, 4-6 pm
     Spring Arts Memorial Day weekend reception      May 26, 4-6 pm
     People's Choice Voting  May 1-May 29
     People's Choice Award Announced  June 5
     Take down exhibit, repacking work  May 31

    Pick up entries from collection points 
    in Santa Fe /ABQ

     June 2-5


    All members of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists are eligible. New members are welcome and can join at the time as entering the show at www.nmpca.com.


    Submit your entry by clicking "register" at left. Entry Fee is $15 for the first piece and $10.00 for the second piece. Students can enter up to 2 pieces for $5 per entry.  Payment may be made online or by check payable to NMPCA c/o Treasurer at PO Box 26811, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6811.


    Our showing galleries this year accept items for sale at 50/50 split. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


    A digital image of each entry is required.  These will be used for publicity, gallery selection, and People's Choice voting.  You will receive a confirmation email with instructions how to prepare your images and a link to the website to upload your image file(s).  Images received by March 15 will be considered for use in publicity.  All images must be uploaded by April 1, 2018.  


    All showing galleries are insured. However, NMPCA does not insure art work while being transported to and from central collection points and galleries. 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.


    All work submitted to the show must have an accurate photographic representation. No works may be substituted. Galleries have limited wall space and are unsuitable for heavy or large 2-D installations. If you are planning on a wall piece, please contact us in advance so we can determine feasibility. All work must be gallery ready with hanging system installed on the work.

    Freestanding work should fit safely on an 18”x18” base. It may be possible to install larger work providing space is available but artist will be required to install and remove the work them 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 confirmation email for special instructions about volunteer jobs. Read your confirmation email for details, or go the Celebration of Clay website here to see the details of the tasks and then sign up for a task on the task event registration before you complete your entry.   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.  All work must be boxed and labelled as described in the confirmation email.  Please call in advance.  

    Albuquerque: Leonard Baca

    Business Printing Service
    4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque

    Santa Fe: Luisa Baldinger

    880 B Chicoma Vista, Santa Fe

    Taos:  Seri Kotowski

    1219 Gusdorf Rd, Ste F
    Taos, NM 87571
    (575) 758-7029 

    You must deliver work to one of these three locations.  No work will be delivered directly to the gallery by the artists. Work can be shipped to Seri Kotowski in Taos.  Contact her for instructions on shipping of work.  

    All work must be boxed and labelled according to instructions in your confirmation email.  

    Questions?  Contact the Celebration of Clay 2018 committee at (575) 758-7029 or email coc@nmpotters.org

    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 13

    Anita Fields and NMPCA at Ghost Ranch, 2018Anita Fields, Narrative Textures

    June 27 - July 1st, 2018

    Register Here by May 26, 2018

    NMPCA-sponsored workshop at Ghost Ranch

    Join us for a 4-day inspiring hands-on workshop presentation by Native-American contemporary artist, Anita Fields, whose work spans contemporary methods and Osage thought.  

    About the Workshop

    Participants will create works based on personal stories, memories, and experiences. Based on this premise, we will look at ways to create figures and other forms inspired by our personal narratives. Attention will be given to building surface qualities; how to create textures with simple stamps, found objects, and thick applications of slips. Concentration of time will be spent building work with demonstrations and guidance from Anita.  Bisque firing possible for some works.

    Those attending the workshop can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Ghost Ranch by selecting a ranch housing choice or make arrangements in the Abiquiu, NM community.  Ranch dining hall serves convenient meals just 300 yards from the ceramic workshop, where many tastes and diets can be accommodated.  Rooms at ranch range from $45 to $150/day/person.  A meal packet costs $180 for the entire workshop.  The workshop registration is $475 for NMPCA members and $500 for non-members.  

    Anita Describes Her Ceramic Work

    "I use clay to transform my emotions, concepts, and inspirations into narrative expressive forms. The basic tenants of my Osage culture and its’ philosophies influence and inform my ideas. Osage worldview is based on the division of the earth and sky; it represents the order, balance, and duality found in life, nature, and the universe. I use this as metaphor in my work and base numerous pieces on the premise of these beliefs. Within this context and my experiences, I find the creative impulse to construct male and female figures, landscapes, articles of clothing, and other earthen shapes."

    "On small bits of torn clay, I create repetitive textures by impressing objects that are meaningful to me. The fragments are layered onto sculpted clay forms, creating depth, design, and dimension. The objects used for impressions are varied and can be as simple as twigs, a favorite pair of earrings, ribbon work patterns from our traditional clothing, or imprints from a beaded purse."

    About Anita Fields

    Born in Oklahoma, Native American artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Osage culture. Her work represents the disruption of balance found within the earth and our lives, and more broadly, early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female.

    Fields’ sculptures were exhibited in “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation” in New York City. Her work was featured in the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work was also included in “Who Stole the Teepee?,” National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, New York, and the “Legacy of the Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    Fields has been awarded numerous residencies, including the Eitelljorg Museum’s RARE program and the Andy Warhol Fine Arts Residency at the Heard Museum. Fields was one of 47 Native American delegates funded by the Kellogg

    Foundation and the Institute of American Indian Arts, to travel to South Africa for “The Answers Lie Within.” Fields is a 2017 fellow for the Kaiser Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

    Fields’ work has been published in Southwest Art magazine, American Craft, Ms. Magazine, American Style and Native Peoples. Her work can be found in several collections, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

    To see additional work by Anita, visit her husband's and her website at www.nativefieldsart.com.

    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.

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Open Space Visitors Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Registration is closed

    Entry Deadline April 20, 2018

    Juried by Virgil Ortiz, Camilla Trujillo, and Kim Eichhorst, PhD 

    Hosted at Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC)
    City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation District 

    Presented by New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists (NMPCA)

    ELIGIBILITY: Open to all clay artists living and working in New Mexico.

    TYPES OF WORKS: Functional and sculptural ceramic works, from traditional to contemporary, realistic to conceptual, small to large, and pedestal to wall, focusing on the Bosque’s changing four seasons broadly interpreting nature’s cycle of life on the Rio Grande River: wildlife, bird migrations, agriculture, from seed to harvest, and farm to table.

    APPLICATION FEE: $40 for three entries (includes one-year $25 NMPCA membership) and $15 for current NMPCA members.  


     January 8  Call for Entry Opens
     April 20  Deadline for Entry Submissions
     May 18  Artist Notices of Accepted/Declined Works
     July 5  Deliver Work to OSVC Gallery
     July 7  Opening Reception (Saturday 2 - 4)
     September 30  Exhibit Closes
     October 1  Pickup Work from OSVC Gallery

    Read more about the jurors in this article in our online newsletter.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Step 1:  complete this online registration and payment. Step 2: Applicant will receive confirmation email that contains a link and a code to upload images and description of entr(ies).   Prior to going to the image upload link, prepare images and store as jpg files.  

    IMAGE PREPARATION: Prepare images in advance to these specifications, one image per entry:

    jpg image file, minimum 800 pixels on longest dimension, maximum 1280 pixels wide, 1024 pixels high, and not exceed 1 MB in size. Name image files with last name, first name, title, and entry number as follows:


    No spaces in file name, initial capital for name and title words, underline between name, title, and entry number. No special characters such as: ( ) ‘ “ & % $ # @.

    For each entry have available title, dimensions, description (clay used, method of making, surface treatment, and type of firing), and sale price.

    DELIVERY OF WORK: All accepted work must be hand-delivered on July 5, 2018. The OSVC is located at 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico (end of Bosque Meadows Road between Montaño and Paseo del Norte). Volunteers with NMPCA will be coordinating transport of works to OSVC from Taos and Santa Fe and additional transport sites depending on location of works accepted. Work may not be shipped to the OSVC.

    LIABILITY & INSURANCE: New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists and City of Albuquerque are not responsible for damaged artwork. Artists may look into coverage through homeowner insurance or supplementary insurance from a provider of personal discretion.

    AGREEMENT: Submission of artwork shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth, including:

    • Artist may enter up to three works using clay as focus and main material.
    • Works entered for pedestal are limited to under 80 pounds.
    • Works entered for wall are limited to under 30 pounds and must have secure hanging device attached.
    • For each entry, artist will provide: title, dimensions, brief description of work (clay used, method of making, surface treatment, and type of firing), and sale price.
    • Entry of current works executed over past three years preferred.
    • Work must be available for purchase.
    • Images will be rated anonymously by the three jurors and results will be tabulated by the Exhibit Committee. Selection decisions are final.
    • Accepted work differing significantly from submitted image will be disqualified from exhibit.
    • Work should not be so fragile or awkward that transport or display is harmful to work or viewer.  
    • Works not feasible to display within gallery environment will not be selected.   
    • Entry fees are nonrefundable.
    • Work may not be withdrawn prior to close of exhibit.
    • A thirty percent (30%) commission on work sold will be donated to Open Space Alliance, a nonprofit group of volunteers working with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division. All work must be for sale.
    • Permission to reproduce work for publicity and educational purposes is granted.
    • New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists and Open Space Visitor Center are not responsible for work lost or damaged in transit.



    Exhibit Committee
    Leonard Baca
    Kim Louise Glidden 


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