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Here are upcoming NMPCA Events. You can register online here for these events. 

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    • 03 Feb 2023
    • 10 Jul 2023
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop with James Watkins

    Apply by July 10, 2023.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.  Workshop is August 18 - August 20, 2023.   We will notify recipient by July 20, 2023.

    We are proud to offer a scholarship for one participant at our annual Ghost Ranch Workshop.    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.  Recipient cannot have received a previous NMPCA scholarship.   

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Friday, August 18 at 1:00 pm to Sunday, August 20 at 3:00 pm.  The scholarship will include full registration, 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.

    If not already a member of the NMPCA, the scholarship recipient will also receive a complementary one-year membership.  

    Apply through this website through July 15, 2023 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 July 20, 2023. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the workshop committee by email at 
  • Register

    registration for:

    Bill Armstrong Grant for Education in the Ceramic Arts

    Proposal Deadline:  August 31, 2023

    Funds to be released Fall 2023

    There is no cost to apply.

    See stories of previous grant awards on our website

    This registration is to signal intent to apply for the annual grant program for education in the ceramics arts.  Register here online and then send supporting documentation via email or mail.  

    The Armstrong Grant was established in memory of our late distinguished member, Bill Armstrong. Bill was instrumental in teaching many people about pottery and was always interesting in experimenting, learning more, and helping others.

    In this spirit, NMPCA gives an annual grant to assist with a ceramics education program or a ceramic art project.

    The annual award is up to $1000, to be determined by the Board, based upon individual needs. Proposals for lesser amounts would also be welcome for consideration.

    Use of funds: Funds may be used for purchasing supplies or equipment, contracting with a visiting artist, marketing/publicizing a special program or project or other activities directly related to ceramic art education.

    Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations and educational institutions located in New Mexico are eligible to apply.


    1.  Fill in this grant registration with name, address, phone, email and brief description of the project. 

    2.  Provide additional support documentation via email or paper mail.  Support documentation should include:  

    • Applicant’s name, address, phone, email
    • A description of the project or program, including dates, location, budget, etc.
    • A description of who will benefit from this project/program and what are the anticipated outcomes.
    • A description of the organization applying for the grant
    • Specify exactly how the funds will be used and, if the cost is more than requested, identify the other funding sources
    • Provide a simple income/expense statement for the project/program
    • Copy of IRS designation letter (if applicant is 501(c)3 organization)

    After the grant is awarded, the recipient organization is expected to

    • Provide documentation to show funds were used as described in the proposal
    • Provide pictures for website and publicity purposes
    • Give funding credit to NMPCA in newsletter, press release, website or other forms of communication.

    Deadline: Applications for the 2023 Armstrong Grant will be accepted through August 31, 2023 for an award in the Fall of 2023.

    Proposals should be mailed to:

    NMPCA Armstrong Grant
    c/o Michael Thornton
    PO Box 26811
    Albuquerque, NM 87125

    To send proposal by email:

    attn: Michael Thornton

    • 18 Aug 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 20 Aug 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch - Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    James WatkinsNMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop 2023:

    James Watkins

    Dates:   Friday, August 18, 2023, 3pm to Sunday, August 20, 2023, 3pm 

    Registration is closed:  Waitlist is full.

      Description:  Three days of discussion, technique demonstrations and hands-on work with James Watkins.  Evening social times communing with colleagues in clay.  All in the magnificent natural and historical setting that is Ghost Ranch.

      Learn more about this workshop and presenter James Watkins

      Workshop registration cost for NMPCA members: $250

      Workshop registration cost for Non-members: $275  

      *Payment is through our secure online payment system.

      (Workshop registration does not include cost of accommodations and meals.    Accommodation and meals are selected at additional cost at registration.) 

      There are several choices for accommodations at the Ranch, which we recommend, as this gives you full immersion in the Ghost Ranch experience and maximizes time for workshops and socializing.

      Below are the accommodation and meal choices, with related costs for the 2023 workshop. NMPCA collects all fees, then pays the fees for accommodations and meals to Ghost Ranch.


      1. Private Room - with private bath and 2 double beds, single occupancy or shared -  $175/night x 2 = $350.  
      2. Dorm Style Room - 2 single beds and community bath, single occupancy or shared -  $95/night x 2 = $190. Don't let the name fool you, it's private too.  
      3. Tent Camping Site with electrical - $35/night x 2 = $70
      4. RV Site with electrical - $45/night x 2 = $90
      5. You can also choose to stay off-site at one of the many Inns/ AirBNB choices in the area. If you stay off-site, please make your own accommodation arrangements. 


      Ghost Ranch charges for the room, regardless of how many occupants, so if you plan to share the accommodation costs with a roommate you must indicate this on the registration


      Workshop participants are welcome to be accompanied by a spouse or guest  A spouse or guest not participating in the workshop will not pay the workshop fee. They will nevertheless need to be listed on the registration as a roommate and provided with a meal plan via the registration as well.

        Ghost Ranch Meals    

        Ghost Ranch Dining Hall serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, cafeteria style.  The whole workshop Meal Package = $84 and must be purchased at registration if you choose a private or dorm-style room.

        If camping or staying off-ranch, you may pay cash for meals at the dining hall if desired:  Breakfast - $12;  Lunch - $14;  Dinner - $16. 

        Ghost Ranch Info:

        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.

        Because of the COVID Pandemic, arrangements and procedures at Ghost Ranch may depend on the health regulations and travel restrictions in effect in August 2023.  New Mexico Department of Health protocols for COVID-19 safety will be observed. These may include travel restrictions for visitors from out of state.  At the time of open registration, there are no current travel restrictions in NM.  Read current NM health alerts here.

        Additional Workshop Info:

        We will contact registrants in the event that arrangements must be changed.  The registration deadline is July 18, 2023.  

        The workshop starts at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. Please plan to arrive at Ghost Ranch by early afternoon before the workshop to check in at Welcome Center and also at Pinion Pottery Studio.

        If your plans change and force you to withdraw from the workshop, let us know as soon as possible. Refund Policy

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