Author Archive for Sigrid McCabe

Monique Rivera

Title:  Ancient Flower

Size:  5″h x 4″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  My piece fits into the show because of the way light reflects strongly off its brilliant white surface, while the underglaze creates shadows in the design.

Price:  $40

Monique Rivera

Drita Choy

Title:  Saint Francis

Size:  50″h x 30″w x 20″d

Price:  $500

More about my work:  www.facebook.com/dritaspottery/

Drita Choy

Kathyrne Cyman

Title:  Set: White Mesa

Size:  2″h x 6″w x 1″d

Light and Shadow:  The reformed edge casts a shadow on the flatness of the plate.

Price:  $150

Statement:  I’m attracted to the connection of the past when creating in the present, within this creative process. I hope my works are held and that feeling is conveyed through use.

 

More about my work:  Facebook: Kathryne Cyman

Kathy Cyman

Seri Kotowski #1

Title:  Plant Explorations I

Size:  44″h x 11″d

Price:  $1200

Statement:

Born: In a vacuum.
Named: Sheri Inez Kotowski
Re-Named: Serit
Currently: Breathing

Intention: Live life to the fullest and ultimately leave only beauty in my wake.

Past lives: Cat, 9Xs. Student, teacher, caretaker, gardener, dabbler, dancer, lover, nurse, mother, maker, sailor, voyeur, child, adult, rebel, fool, creator, destroyer, loner, hermit, daredevil, heartbreaker, earth shaker, firebrand, warrior, idiot, chicken shit… to name a few in no particular order.

The Thread: Artist and Participant.

More about my work:  seritdelbosque.com/

Seri Kotowski

Sigrid McCabe

Title:  Siren Wendy

Size:  19″h x 10″w x 16″d

Light and Shadow:  The highlights and shadows accentuate the sensuousness of this Siren.

Price:  $900

Statement:  My work often uses the tradition of combining human and animal figures to explore the meaning of our experiences via the prism of nature. The figures emote qualities through the gaze, the gesture and dance.

More about my work:  www.sigridmccabe.net

Sigrid McCabe

Shelby Montoya

Title:  Midnight Toast – True Porcelain Sake Set

Size:  7″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  True porcelain is opaque; shadows can be seen through the surface of clay.

Price:  $120

Statement:  Porcelain is my medium of choice; the clay body is like no other. True porcelain is soft and challenging to throw with, yet stronger than other clay bodies. I enjoy the process of throwing, shaping, and trimming the clay into a functional art form that is unique in the southwest. I take inspiration from pieces being created across the world in Japan. Once porcelain is fired it is opaque; shadows can be seen through the surface of clay. With a dark glaze I depart from traditional porcelain decoration and take away the transparency of the clay, creating work only visible in the light.

Shelby Montoya

Sheena Cameron #1

Title:  Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc

Size:  10″h x 13″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The Celtic Goddess Brigid was born rising into the sky with rays of fire beaming from Her head. She is the goddess of the Hearthfire, Healing, Inspiration, Creativity, Writing, arts and Crafts, Medicine and Childbirth. As a Sun Goddess Her gifts are Light (inspiration), and the vital and healing energy of the sun. Her day of celebration is Imbolc – February 1st, and is celebrated by the lighting of fires, (the Festival of Lights.) There are four fire festivals in the Celtic year. Imbolc focuses on the Light of the fire. Brigid’s fire is the spark alive in each of us.

This piece represents the yearly ritual of extinguishing all the fires in Ireland then relighting them from the eternal fire of the Head Druid. This rider, still in the shadow of winter, is bringing a lit torch back to her hearthfire.

Price:  $500

Statement:  Sheena Cameron’s lifelong artistic passion has been with clay. Although exploring many other art forms, she now lives and works in her ceramic studio in the village of Rinconada (near Dixon). She fires many of her pieces in her outdoor raku kiln. She has become known for her one-of-a-kind horse sculptures that have gemstone manes and tails and open to reveal inner treasures relating to the theme of the individual piece. Firing them using the raku process or other unusual surface techniques insures that each will be unique. Each comes with a miniature “book” telling the theme of the horse piece, the kinds and meanings of the stones used and the personal message of the particular horse. She often does these horses in series. Most notable are the Goddess series, the raven series, the homage to famous artist series, the seahorse series, and the vision quest series.

All Cameron’s work is hand built. The latest series are mandala inspired raku raven bowls taking full advantage of the deep blacks that can be achieved with the smoking step of the raku process. She also does larger sculpture using human, animal and symbolic motifs.

Sheena Cameron

Sheena Cameron #2

Title:  Raven Horse with White Shadow

Size:  10″h x 16″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  Jet black ravens are like living shadows with mystery and magic and potential. Although there are many white birds, the rare white raven is considered especially auspicious and more like part of the black raven than its own entity.

Price:  $400

Statement:  Sheena Cameron’s lifelong artistic passion has been with clay. Although exploring many other art forms, she now lives and works in her ceramic studio in the village of Rinconada (near Dixon). She fires many of her pieces in her outdoor raku kiln. She has become known for her one-of-a-kind horse sculptures that have gemstone manes and tails and open to reveal inner treasures relating to the theme of the individual piece. Firing them using the raku process or other unusual surface techniques insures that each will be unique. Each comes with a miniature “book” telling the theme of the horse piece, the kinds and meanings of the stones used and the personal message of the particular horse. She often does these horses in series. Most notable are the Goddess series, the raven series, the homage to famous artist series, the seahorse series, and the vision quest series.

All Cameron’s work is hand built. The latest series are mandala inspired raku raven bowls taking full advantage of the deep blacks that can be achieved with the smoking step of the raku process. She also does larger sculpture using human, animal and symbolic motifs.

Sheena Cameron

Barbara Campbell #2

Title:  Flared Vessel

Size:  12″h x 12″d

Light and Shadow:  The carvings and pressings that I do create texture. To highlight I rub iron into the carving to pop the relief work creating light and shadow.

Price:  $385

Statement:  Having spent a lifetime working as a professional potter doing mostly functional work, I am now enjoying a time of play and experimentation. I enjoy interpreting the varying landscapes of the Southwest and translating them into clay objects. I am also working with shapes and alternative firing techniques. In the summer months I teach classes at the Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM and I enjoy introducing my students to new ways to play with earth, water and fire.

More about my work:  stonewareartifacts.com

Barbara Campbell

Barbara Campbell #1

Title:  Carved Vessel

Size:  12″h x 12″w x 12″d

Light and Shadow:  The carvings and pressings that I do create texture. To highlight I rub iron into the carving to pop the relief work creating light and shadow.

Price:  TBD

Statement:  Having spent a lifetime working as a professional potter doing mostly functional work, I am now enjoying a time of play and experimentation. I enjoy interpreting the varying landscapes of the Southwest and translating them into clay objects. I am also working with shapes and alternative firing techniques. In the summer months I teach classes at the Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM and I enjoy introducing my students to new ways to play with earth, water and fire.

More about my work:  stonewareartifacts.com

Barbara Campbell

Seri Kotowski #2

Title:  Antiquities V “Africa”

Size:  15″h x 17″d

Light and Shadow:  This series of work is pit fired. Each piece in this subtitled series has the shape of a landform distinctly burned/imprinted in the surface by the magic of the fire.

Price:  $1300

Statement:

Born: In a vacuum.
Named: Sheri Inez Kotowski
Re-Named: Serit
Currently: Breathing

Intention: Live life to the fullest and ultimately leave only beauty in my wake.

Past lives: Cat, 9Xs. Student, teacher, caretaker, gardener, dabbler, dancer, lover, nurse, mother, maker, sailor, voyeur, child, adult, rebel, fool, creator, destroyer, loner, hermit, daredevil, heartbreaker, earth shaker, firebrand, warrior, idiot, chicken shit… to name a few in no particular order.

The Thread: Artist and Participant.

More about my work:  seritdelbosque.com/

Seri Kotowski, 2017 Best of Show

Sara D’Allesandro #2

Title:  Red and Green Olla

Size:  14″h x 15″w x 15″d

Light and Shadow:  I believe clay wants to be a vessel. The olla with it’s deep interior reservoir, poignant orifice embodies man mysteries of existence. I like it to be supported by three rocks when it is not nestled among plantings providing slow release moisture.

Price:  $200

Statement:  My sculpture derives from forms inherent in clay and from the forms resulting from pushing against and honing the limitations of this medium. Large monomorphic form existing in the same space, on the same ground and in the same scale as the viewer creates a tableau vivants experience with the viewer.

An earthly manifestation of flux, clay is made up of particles ground by the maw of time. It is flowing form with the unique ability to render a sense of motion and organic form. This plasticity is the quality which holds me in thrall. The process of “becoming” holds more juice for me than pursuing idealized form. And so my dance of more than fifty years, a dance with a very willful partner, goes on.

More about my work:  www.mudwaspstudio.com

Sara D'Allesandro

Sara D’Alessandro #1

Title:  Ambition (column)

Size:  81″h x 15″w x 15″d

Light and Shadow:  This figure, Ambition, is from a column series. Outdoor installation allows the sun’s transit to animate the figure as the light and shadow shift giving this hermaphroditic figure a sense of being inhabited. Form, mass and deep, rich textures are more superbly available in clay than in any other medium I know.

Price:  $6800

Statement:  My sculpture derives from forms inherent in clay and from the forms resulting from pushing against and honing the limitations of this medium. Large monomorphic form existing in the same space, on the same ground and in the same scale as the viewer creates a tableau vivants experience with the viewer.

An earthly manifestation of flux, clay is made up of particles ground by the maw of time. It is flowing form with the unique ability to render a sense of motion and organic form. This plasticity is the quality which holds me in thrall. The process of “becoming” holds more juice for me than pursuing idealized form. And so my dance of more than fifty years, a dance with a very willful partner, goes on.

More about my work:  www.mudwaspstudio.com

Sara D'Alessandro, 2017 Award of Merit

Phil Green #2

Title:  The Time Machine

Size:  20″h x 17″w x 2″d

Light and Shadow:  It takes a Time Machine to let you know whether your part of the globe is in light or shadow. This one can expand this awareness to two more regions of the earth.

Price:  $475

Statement:  Phil Green began his pottery interest as a hobby about 1998. His intrigue with Raku firing began early. As he worked with pots and hand-built pieces, he began seeing the possibilities when raku glazes were mixed with conventional color glazes. When he made his first clock, he got hooked. These unique ceramic clocks are hand-carved in slabs of clay and then Raku fired. The flashing, followed by a smothering and smoldering process, produces iridescent patinas.

He has been making clocks and showing them in galleries and art shows since 2004. In the Albuquerque area his work is in Amapola Gallery on the Old Town Plaza. He also shows in Conley Pottery in Madrid south of Santa Fe. He has been in several art shows including New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, Weem’s International Artfest, and the Vail Art Fair.

More about my work:  www.rakuroundtheclock.com

Phil Green

Phil Green #1

Title:  Grand Central

Size:  23″h x 13″w x 2″d

Light and Shadow:  The iridescent colors in Grand Central can only be seen by bringing it out of the shadows into bright light.

Price:  $395

Statement:  Phil Green began his pottery interest as a hobby about 1998. His intrigue with Raku firing began early. As he worked with pots and hand-built pieces, he began seeing the possibilities when raku glazes were mixed with conventional color glazes. When he made his first clock, he got hooked. These unique ceramic clocks are hand-carved in slabs of clay and then Raku fired. The flashing, followed by a smothering and smoldering process, produces iridescent patinas.

He has been making clocks and showing them in galleries and art shows since 2004. In the Albuquerque area his work is in Amapola Gallery on the Old Town Plaza. He also shows in Conley Pottery in Madrid south of Santa Fe. He has been in several art shows including New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, Weem’s International Artfest, and the Vail Art Fair.

More about my work:  www.rakuroundtheclock.com

Phil Green

PattyMara Gourley

Title:  White Buffalo Calf Cremation Urn

Size:  9″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:

Cremation urns are needed when our grief takes us to the shadowland of loss and a loneliness. A beautiful urn gives us a vessel to hold the ashes of our loved one. It brings comfort to a dark time. A white mica urn shines with a thousand mica stars, bringing light to the dark pathways of grief.

Light: White mica clay burnished to shine. White Buffalo Calf, miracle baby of prophesy, born in the dark days to bring hope.
Shadow: Black fire clouds, smoke markings from the final wood firing; a black feathered wing wrapping around the white vessel.

Price:  $275

Statement:  I have been a potter for almost fifty years. I throw micaceous clay on my potter’s wheel in Pilar, New Mexico. I make custom cremation urns for my customers, who come to my shop online after a death has entered their lives. Occasionally someone orders an urn for the future, but mostly my customers are deeply immersed in Grief. I interact with them with tenderness, and help them navigate the decisions for size and design with care. This feels like a vocation to me. I also make mica cookpots, blessing bowls and shrines, but urns are my favorite. I also love to fish the rivers of New Mexico.

More about my work:  www.pattymara.etsy.com

Patty Mara Gourley

Mary Gonzales

Title:  Crying Pansies

Size:  7″h x 5″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:  Light and shadow are integral to the Crying Pansies jar, both physically and conceptually. The shadows of deep carving and undercutting of the petals creates depth and movement. Each pansy’s center is pierced to allow glaze to pour down each flower, creating wet, bright drips of blue and yellow, atop the deep earth red and dark night blue that covers the jar’s carved surface. The clear glaze creates windows for light to pass through, into the shaded interior. In the way that light and shadow can contrast as well as parallel one another, this jar is a culmination of my past, growing on a flower farm, and my future with Art.

Price:  NFS

Statement:  My art has a tendency to come from my fears of failure, romanticism of my past, and fantasies and frustrations about the future. My studio practice is an ever-evolving and sometimes maddening experience. My deepest love is in clay. Everything about the material, from the gooey pudding-like slip that covers my hands as I throw, to the (occasionally malicious) magic that takes place within the kiln. The material’s willingness to take on any form, texture, color, and purpose allows for continuous exploration in the studio; and the ability to hone skills and ideas through variation of repetition, whether subtle or drastic.

More about my work:  maryalicegonzales.com

Mary Gonzales

Jessica Penrod #1

Title:  Aspens

Size:  15″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The smoky effect of the Shino glaze gives it a shadowed atmosphere and the values in the trees show which direction a light source may be coming from. Aspen trees play with the idea of light and shadow and the colors of their trunks are black and white.

Price:   $315

Statement:  Originally a two-dimensional artist practicing painting and drawing, I found clay while I was attending college and soon changed my emphasis. I was taught how to throw with stoneware and after two years, I learned how to throw True Porcelain with a technique developed in Arita Japan. I am inspired by objects that we use everyday and find beauty in handmade, functional art. The surfaces of my work are decorated with images inspired by nature in the area that I grew up: a small town in Arizona called Pinetop. I love being able to use the clay as a surface for my paintings on pieces that I have made as well as collaborations with other artists.

Jessica Penrod

Jessica Penrod #2

Title:  Santa Fe Smoke Cups

Size:  3″h x 3″w x 3″d

Light and Shadow:  The surface of porcelain is normally white and pure. In the soda firing the clay traps carbon and creates a smoky greyish or even black look. With no glaze on the surface to determine color and having been placed in different places around the kiln, there is variation in how much carbon is seen on the surface.

Adding shadow and texture to something that is normally viewed as light and delicate can make it more inviting with less fear of damaging the piece.

Price:  NFS

Statement:  Originally a two-dimensional artist practicing painting and drawing, I found clay while I was attending college and soon changed my emphasis. I was taught how to throw with stoneware and after two years, I learned how to throw True Porcelain with a technique developed in Arita Japan. I am inspired by objects that we use everyday and find beauty in handmade, functional art. The surfaces of my work are decorated with images inspired by nature in the area that I grew up: a small town in Arizona called Pinetop. I love being able to use the clay as a surface for my paintings on pieces that I have made as well as collaborations with other artists.

Jessica Penrod, 2017 Arita porcelain award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality

Jacquita Beddo #2

Title:  Spirit

Size:  36″h x 12″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  This piece is my kachina, which is a Hopi word for “spirit.” If you grew up in New Mexico, like I did, you know that a kachina can represent anything in the cosmos – even a concept. My kachina is about growing up in New Mexico and being steeped in its culture. It’s full of symbols and even hints at the animals that were part of my world. The theme of this show is light and shadow. To me, the “light” is all the things that people think of as magical about New Mexico, and the “shadow” is how many new comers to New Mexico reject so much of the culture that made it this wonderful place they are so drawn to.

Price:  $1850

Statement:  I am involved with several different medias, but I love clay. The transformative power of the firing process is the kicker for me.  I’m still amazed that the dried mud that went into the kiln comes out the other side as something solid and substantial. Kilns, both old school and new technology, intrigue me. My family likes to tease that I have a kiln habit.

Figurative sculpture makes up the majority of my work, but organic shapes also really appeal to me. Another thing that gets me going is making things that people use, so I also do some functional ware. My hope in that endeavor is to make pieces that will be treasured. I especially like to make square plates, bowls, and platters.

Jacquita Beddo

Jacquita Beddo #1

Title:  Corazanna

Size:  25″h x 12″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The name Corazanna means “heart.” This piece is about my struggle with light and the shadow in my own heart. It speaks about the clash between what I know to be true in my own heart and what the world around me thinks is true. I wanted to visually talk about what it feels like to be caught in this battle between these two worlds, without light there would be no shadow.

Price:  $1230

StatementI am involved with several different medias, but I love clay. The transformative power of the firing process is the kicker for me.  I’m still amazed that the dried mud that went into the kiln comes out the other side as something solid and substantial. Kilns, both old school and new technology, intrigue me. My family likes to tease that I have a kiln habit.

Figurative sculpture makes up the majority of my work, but organic shapes also really appeal to me. Another thing that gets me going is making things that people use, so I also do some functional ware. My hope in that endeavor is to make pieces that will be treasured. I especially like to make square plates, bowls, and platters.

Jacquita Beddo

Ginny Zipperer

Title:  4 Windows

Size:  18″h x 14″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:  This is a bas relief wall sculpture. Bas Relief, by its nature, relies on the play of light & shadow to define the image laid out in the material being used. The theme of this piece is architectural, consisting of 2 building faces connected by an archway. There is a walkway between the buildings that leads into the space beyond the buildings. The faces of the buildings are painted gold, reflecting light. the windows & door, leading to the interior of the buildings & the space beyond, are in shadow. The shadows have the effect of inviting the viewer to venture beyond the light into the shadows to explore what might be discovered there.

Price:  $450

Statement:  I have worked in clay most of my adult life. For most of my career I produced wheel thrown functional and decorative work. I started doing sculptural work after participating in several large community based mural projects. I liked the narrative aspect they offered. In 2010 I had an image I wanted to do in mural form and after I produced that piece I just kept going. While I still do some functional work, my focus is on the bas relief wall sculptures.

My imagery is often inspired by song lyrics, phrases from literature or spoken word, as well as the work of other artists. I keep a binder full of these ‘prompts’ and use them as jumping off points. Often of course, the piece goes in a completely different direction than what I intended. It is one of the exciting things about producing art, the mystery of how a piece evolves and has its own life, independent of my intentions.

Ginny Zipperer

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan #1

Title:  Untitled

Size: 8″h x 6″w x 1/2″d

Light and Shadow:  Thumb prints joining slab swatches catch light and create shadow.

Price:  $140

Statement:  Cone 5-fired Ochre clay and Duncan underglaze. Texture, slab, press-tiles, leftover pieces from tile-making, drawing, commercial glazes, oxides, illustration – these elements form backbone of my process with clay, continuous since my first clay class at Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa at age 10. Documenting everyday relationships continues to inform my process – whether in the yard, on the road, on the horizon.

More about my work:  www.colorofsand.wordpress.com/

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan #2

Title:  Morning Glory

Size:  7″h x 7″w

Light and Shadow:  Textured tile catches light, shows shadow of this morning-blooming flower.

Price:   $75

Statement:  Cone 5-fired Ochre clay and Duncan underglaze. Texture, slab, press-tiles, leftover pieces from tile-making, drawing, commercial glazes, oxides, illustration – these elements form backbone of my process with clay, continuous since my first clay class at Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa at age 10. Documenting everyday relationships continues to inform my process – whether in the yard, on the road, on the horizon.

More about my work:  www.colorofsand.wordpress.com/

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan

Chris Casey

Title:  Thirst

Size:  10″h x 7″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  Thirst is a celebration of the desert sun.

Price:   $345

Statement:  I’ve always been fascinated by the transformation of a lump of clay into a ceramic object. The essence of a piece can stay the same while almost every other characteristic, its color, size, weight, texture, etc. all change throughout the process. That unpredictable and ever-changing quality keeps the medium fresh and exciting for me. I also tap into that somewhat chaotic side of things by making use of color and improvised abstract designs. These elements have no concrete meaning in and of themselves but can nudge the mind in different directions. I enjoy hearing the explanations viewers come up with while attempting to make sense of my work as I often wonder about the objects myself.

More about my work:  www.chriscaseyart.com

Chris Casey

Mario Quilles #2

Title:  Light Catcher

Size:  25″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:   The light and shadows of the oceans produce reflections on our planet.

My work has always been and continues to be about three dimensional shapes that reflect light, as it falls on them now and as it fell on objects in early times. Light disturbed by shape creates shadow, without that light the shapes and their shadows wouldn’t be visible. Each projection on each piece affects the light, and consequently the shadow, differently.

Price:  $385

Statement:  Mario is a Santa Fe based ceramic artist who has been exploring the outer edges of his medium. Originally a New Yorker, he is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School in NYC. His explorations of the nearby areas provide him with the wood from which he crafts his own tools.

More about my work: www.marioquilles.com/

Mario Quilles

Michael Thornton #2

Title:  Faceted Tokkuri

Size:  9″h x 3″d

Light and Shadow:  The travel of the flames and ashes within the wood firing leaves telling traces along its’ path. The clay forms’ leading edges, bearing the brunt of the flame’s draft contrast with the leeward shadows, resulting in a random drama of transmuted surfaces and colors.

Price:   $300

Statement:

Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.

Michael’ work is in public and private collections around the globe.

From:  Albuquerque

Michael Thornton

Michael Thornton #1

Title:  Kirinuki Tokkuri

Size:  9″h x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The travel of the flames and ashes within the wood firing leaves telling traces along its’ path. The clay forms’ leading edges, bearing the brunt of the flame’s draft contrast with the leeward shadows, resulting in a random drama of transmuted surfaces and colors.

Price:  $300

Statement:  Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with such ceramics masters as John Takehara, Jim Srubek, Manji Inoue and Ko Inoguchi. From the painstaking craftsmanship demanded by the Arita porcelain technique, to the wabi-sabi aesthetic of stoneware tea ceremony vessels, and the seductive depth of a classic celadon glaze, Michael finds a well of knowledge and inspiration in the ceramic traditions of Japan, China and Korea. He draws from these traditions liberally as he expresses his own creative vision in clay.

Michael’ work is in public and private collections around the globe.

Michael Thornton, 2017 Award of Merit

Mario Quilles #1

Title:  Early Oceanic Cactus

Size:  26″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:   The light and shadows of the oceans produce reflections on our planet.

My work has always been and continues to be about three dimensional shapes that reflect light, as it falls on them now and as it fell on objects in early times. Light disturbed by shape creates shadow, without that light the shapes and their shadows wouldn’t be visible. Each projection on each piece affects the light, and consequently the shadow, differently.

Price:  $485

Statement:  Mario is a Santa Fe based ceramic artist who has been exploring the outer edges of his medium. Originally a New Yorker, he is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School in NYC. His explorations of the nearby areas provide him with the wood from which he crafts his own tools.

More about my work:  www.marioquilles.com/

Mario Quilles

Marilu Tejero #2

Title:  Wood Fired Box

Size: 10″h x 7″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:   Wood firing never ceased to amaze me.  The expectation raised by the dream of the finished pieces. The preparation of the fire wood, the selection, chopping, careful storage. Crews commitment and division of labour.
The joy of feeding the live fire and giving generously very long and exhausting hours, to see the birth of ash covered, kissed by the flames new treasures.  My soul will always long for the wood fired ceramics.

Price:  $180

Statement:  I aspired to create a body of work that had a strong South American feeling with archeological qualities.  To achieve this, I invented a culture called “PIMACHI”. which has an “archeological site”.  It is here where I “find” my sculptures.   I am inspired in childhood memories, the environment where I was born, a strong awareness of the tremendous wealth of the American cultures.  Visions of ancient temples, weathered walls with lichen and fungii growth, distorting the once beautiful designs on bright and earthy colours.

Marilu Tejero

Marilu Tejero #1

Title:  Chopsticks

Size:  .5″h x 19″w x 15″d depending on arrangement

Light and Shadow:  In 2003, I was given my first painted chopstick. Since then, every time I ate Asian food I took home my chopsticks and painted them. Two at a time, just doodled on them.  By now I have an extensive collection to just play with them.  Last April, I was invited to Yixing to a Ceramics Symposium. After lunch at the enormous studio where close to all artists and staff members ate, I collected the chopsticks from the disposal bags, washed them and in my spare time, painted them with ink and my new brushes.  On the last day I gave one to everybody, asking  to return next year one painted for me.

Back at home, with China fresh in my mind, I made porcelain chopsticks and painted them one by one, hoping to share the secret joy they bring me.

 

Price:  $150

Statement:   I aspired to create a body of work that had a strong South American feeling with archeological qualities.  To achieve this, I invented a culture called “PIMACHI”. which has an “archeological site”.  It is here where I “find” my sculptures.   I am inspired in childhood memories, the environment where I was born, a strong awareness of the tremendous wealth of the American cultures.  Visions of ancient temples, weathered walls with lichen and fungii growth, distorting the once beautiful designs on bright and earthy colours.

More about my work:  www.marilutejeroceramics.com

Marilu Tejero

Margaret Towne #2

Title:  Sci-fi Warrior

Size:  14″h x 12″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Future warrior after the inevitable chaos.

Price:  $900

Statement:  I have been “doing clay” since I was 19 years old. I am now 66 years old. I recently retired from teaching ceramics,sculpture and art history for over 30 years to adults and kids. I am happily settling into the Abiquiu area and working in my studio. I am firing at a low temperature for all of my work. Red clay…. all the way… for the most part! My working focus rotates between pottery wheel work, coil built figures and vessels and slab serving dishes. For me, It is extremely important to work with my hands. I hope to continue doing it for a very long time.

Margaret Towne

Margaret Towne #1

Title:  Buddha Boy

Size:  16″h x 23″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  A personification of peace, light and meditation.

Price:  $1200

Statement:  I have been “doing clay” since I was 19 years old. I am now 66 years old. I recently retired from teaching ceramics,sculpture and art history for over 30 years to adults and kids. I am happily settling into the Abiquiu area and working in my studio. I am firing at a low temperature for all of my work. Red clay…. all the way… for the most part! My working focus rotates between pottery wheel work, coil built figures and vessels and slab serving dishes. For me, It is extremely important to work with my hands. I hope to continue doing it for a very long time.

Margaret Towne

Lee Akins #2

Title:  Lidded Jar

Size:  12″h x 13″w x 13″d

Light and Shadow:  The swirling movement of light and dark portray the theme.

Price:  $350 SOLD

Statement:  My work seeks to combine figurative imagery with the format of the traditional clay vessel. The vessel has historically been a powerful metaphor for the body, with each part of the pot being named for the corresponding area of the body. A full lip, a gentle curve of the neck, a rotund belly or a broad shoulder all combine to provide animation to the pot. Some are predominantly male, some are a synthesis of male and female but most are female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures. The Venus of Willendorf and the stone carvings of the Cycladic culture are some of the most powerful to me. My pieces are coil-built out of terra cotta. Coiling allows me to control the form while the joining marks provide an inherent rhythm to the surface. Peeling paint and mossy rocks provide sources of inspiration for the color and textures of my work.

Lee Akins

Lee Akins #1

Title:  Bronze Bottle

Size:  11″h x 6″w x 6″d

Light and Shadow:  The dark planetary form invokes the theme of light and shadow,

Price:  $250

Statement:  My work seeks to combine figurative imagery with the format of the traditional clay vessel. The vessel has historically been a powerful metaphor for the body, with each part of the pot being named for the corresponding area of the body. A full lip, a gentle curve of the neck, a rotund belly or a broad shoulder all combine to provide animation to the pot. Some are predominantly male, some are a synthesis of male and female but most are female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures. The Venus of Willendorf and the stone carvings of the Cycladic culture are some of the most powerful to me. My pieces are coil-built out of terra cotta. Coiling allows me to control the form while the joining marks provide an inherent rhythm to the surface. Peeling paint and mossy rocks provide sources of inspiration for the color and textures of my work.

More about my work:  www.claystudiotour.com/lee-akins/

Lee Akins

Elizabeth Rose

Title:  Gaming Device

Size:  6″h x 9″w x 9″d

Light and Shadow:  White on White relies on the angle of the light, and its movement across the work to lighten and deepen shadows collected in the piece’s hollows.

Price:  $500

Statement:  Since moving from London to the U.S. in 1986, Elizabeth Rose has worked as a professional sculptor, showing in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. Recognized for her innovative works in ceramic, bronze and steel, her sculptures have been featured in the San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Chronicle, the Albuquerque Journal and the Sunset Western Garden Book. Her earlier works were brightly colored cut and folded steel figures, often with a kinetic element. Since 1995, Elizabeth has worked in ceramic and bronze, creating large and small-scale figures, vessels, wall-reliefs and abstract works.

 

More about my work:  www.galisteoliz.com/

Elizabeth Rose

Ericka Norris

Title:  Ghost Parents

Size:  12″h x 6″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  For this year’s entry I’ve made a triptych of small figures. When I started working on my show entry my Mother in law was very ill.  This gave me deep thought into the nature of family and generations past and present.  In no other relationship do we experience such dynamic change as the one we have with our parents and children in both we hopefully accept a person going from helpless dependence to independence and sometimes back to dependence.  As I worked on these pieces my Mother in law left this world. Her spirit and the many facets of her personality will remain in our family through the generations. Each figure represents an aspect of the parents in my life both mine and my husband’s.

Price:  $120

Statement:  Coils, magic rocks and fire. My fascination with the pottery of the Southwest began at Beloit College where I studied pottery and installed a exhibit of Mimbres pre-Columbian pottery at the Logan Museum of anthropology.

Having lived in many places, I am pleased to call New Mexico my home or maybe it called me home. Working in the Southwest tradition of coil building was enhanced by the good fortune of studying with Sumi Von Dassow up in Denver. She taught me how to coil and burnish like a pro. More importantly she got me to take a risk and quit throwing tightly formed functional ware.
When I coil or hand build the inner critic goes: I know not where. Thus freed, everything but what I am working on melts away. The forms bubble up from deep inside. I would like to think the resulting vessels contain some of that spirit and energy and that it can be shared.

Ericka Norris

Luisa Baldinger #2

Title:  Vessel, Studio #153, Sandstone Song

Size: 10″h x 8″w x 8″d

Light and Shadow:  

Price:  $275

Statement:  A maker of containers all of my life in clay, I am intrigued by volume, negative/positive space, and complex surface, and work to have these elements orchestrate into a satisfying three-dimensional “vessel” idea. At this point, my vessels are simply sculptural forms, vehicles for the exploration of color, surface, movement in three directions. Inspiration comes from rocks found in the back arroyos, fragments of coral on a beach, plant parts, geologic elements. I imagine that these vessels might have been unearthed in an archeological dig somewhere, relics from an ancient culture, giving rise to questions about that culture: who were the folks who made these pots? What were they thinking? What ancient contents did these vessels hold?

More about my work:  www.willettbaldinger.com

Luisa Baldinger

Luisa Baldinger #1

Title:  Vessel, Studio #66, Stacked Rocks

Size:  15″h x 9″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:  

Price:  $400

Statement:  A maker of containers all of my life in clay, I am intrigued by volume, negative/positive space, and complex surface, and work to have these elements orchestrate into a satisfying three-dimensional “vessel” idea. At this point, my vessels are simply sculptural forms, vehicles for the exploration of color, surface, movement in three directions. Inspiration comes from rocks found in the back arroyos, fragments of coral on a beach, plant parts, geologic elements. I imagine that these vessels might have been unearthed in an archeological dig somewhere, relics from an ancient culture, giving rise to questions about that culture: who were the folks who made these pots? What were they thinking? What ancient contents did these vessels hold?

More about my work: www.willettbaldingerceramics.com

Luisa Baldinger

Lisa McEneaney

Title:  Cat Bowl

Size:  3″h x 11″w x 11″d

Light and Shadow:  Variations in the glaze and the painting give the cat depth, creating shadow.

Price:  $80 SOLD 

Statement:  Clay is relatively new in my life, but it has enabled me to combine some of the things that are most important to me. As a child I painted and drew, most often animals and children. Then, life got serious and my love of animals led me to veterinary medicine. With retirement, I discovered Santa Fe, and rediscovered my love of painting and drawing when I found clay. I find nothing more satisfying than the feel of the clay as I make or throw a piece, and the drawing and painting on the piece as I decorate and glaze.

Lisa McEneaney

Leonard Baca

Title:  Catch the Light

Size:  7″h x 4″w x 4″d

Light and Shadow:  The slip added to the vase highlights and shadows of the vase.

Price:  $75 SOLD

Statement:  In the summer of 2011, I went to help at the volunteer camp at Ghost Ranch, this was the second time meeting members of NMPCA (New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists), we all had a great time and it was nice to see Pot Hollow blossom. That is where two friends asked me if I would like to help out and be on the board for NMPCA. Five year’s is am still helping out with this organization. We have a new studio at Ghost Ranch after the 2015 flood took out Pot Hollow.

I am currently the treasurer for the NMPCA, I have also had positions a eNews Editor and President. Being part of NMPCA is a great way to meet potters and ceramists who enjoyed the feel of clay as much as I do. I have been working with clay for six years. I have been amazed at the diversity of ceramics and pottery in New Mexico and the talent we have as artist. I look forward to meeting more people and developing my craft. I work with my brothers Danny and Henry and my sister Sylvia in our printing business. It is a family business on it 48 year. I enjoy working with clay and I like to take my experience of woodworking, photography, graphic design & gardening to intertwine ideas into my work.

More about my work:  www.ljbgraphic.com

Leonard Baca

Kim Louise Glidden #2

Title:  Mi Amor en el Camino de Taos

Size:  27″h x 14″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Shadowed memories come to light on her face.

Price:  $3,500

Statement:  In 1998, I returned to my love of working with clay discovered during three years of high school ceramics, retraining myself on the pottery wheel and sculpting. After the end of a 21-year marriage and undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to follow the clay became my mantra and life path. Mythic themes, archeological artifacts, nature, and the human form capture my interest. There is for me a fascinating relationship working in clay and sculpting bones. Ceramic sherds and bones reveal our cultural and evolutionary history.

Basically self-taught, I apprenticed with American and New Zealand trained potters and worked as a clay arts instructor tor 12 years. From 2005 through 2016, I worked from my Aspen Vignettes studio at my gallery. The Pottery Studio Gallery in Littleton, Colorado, where I represented over 50 Colorado artists. Since my move in 2017 to Chimayo, New Mexico, I work from a sunny home studio surrounded by lush foliage-“an acequia runs through it.”

More about my work:  www.kimlouiseglidden.com/

Kim Glidden

Kim Louise Glidden #1

Title:  Ravens- Macaw Masquerade

Size:  23″h x 23″w x 18″d

Light and Shadow:  Ravens evoke dark shadows and the colorful macaw wings and masks reflect lavender light upon the ravens.

Price:  $5,700

Statement:  In 1998, I returned to my love of working with clay discovered during three years of high school ceramics, retraining myself on the pottery wheel and sculpting. After the end of a 21-year marriage and undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to follow the clay became my mantra and life path. Mythic themes, archeological artifacts, nature, and the human form capture my interest. There is for me a fascinating relationship working in clay and sculpting bones. Ceramic sherds and bones reveal our cultural and evolutionary history.

Basically self-taught, I apprenticed with American and New Zealand trained potters and worked as a clay arts instructor tor 12 years. From 2005 through 2016, I worked from my Aspen Vignettes studio at my gallery. The Pottery Studio Gallery in Littleton, Colorado, where I represented over 50 Colorado artists. Since my move in 2017 to Chimayo, New Mexico, I work from a sunny home studio surrounded by lush foliage-“an acequia runs through it.”

More about my work: http: www.kimlouiseglidden.com/

Kim Glidden

Kathy Stephenson #2

Title:  Blossom

Size:  8″h x 9″d

Light and Shadow:  Shows these two characteristics.

Price:  $75

Statement:

 

More about my work:

Kathy Stephenson

Kathy Stephenson #1

Title:  Elegance

Size:  12″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  I think porcelain naturally reflects light and shadow with ease.

Price:  $75

Statement:

 

More about my work:

Kathy Stephenson

Judith Richey

Title:  White or Black Beans

Size:  10″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  I love to cook, and when I work in the studio, I create pieces That I hope people will enjoy in their homes. I did not make this casserole to fit into the theme of the show but rather to be a vessel that will be filled with something delicious. Perhaps a savory pot of beans, white or black, your choice.

Price:  NFS

Statement: I began my journey in clay in 1972 at the De Young Museum Art School in San Francisco. My work developed with a definite influence from an Eastern Esthetic, as my first teacher, David Fugiama, instilled in me a careful attention to form, balance, special finishing details, glaze application, and firing.
My goal has always been to create pieces that people will enjoy and use often in their homes. My work is wheel thrown and hand built and I work both in stoneware and porcelain clays, and I especially enjoy carving designs into the clay. I fire in a gas kiln in both oxidation and reduction environments.
Although I am not currently represented by any gallery, I offer my work through my website and directly at my studio.
My studio is located in a beautiful setting in the Mountains east of Albuquerque, where I enjoy watching the weather change over the San Pedro and Ortiz mountains, and the many songbirds and cottontails that live beneath the piñon trees in my backyard, and the coyotes who visit often. This special place has been an inspiration for the pieces that I create.
Clay is a wonderful medium, perfect in every way for many uses and forms of expression. It is also one of the most enduring art forms in any culture. When I think of the many functional pieces that I have created during all these years, and visit with people who have been using them, I am pleased to have made something useful and lasting that they truly enjoy.

More about my work:  http://www.djrichey.com/

Judith Richey

Joretha Hall

Title:  Patty Cake

Size:  15″h x 8″w x 14″d

Light and Shadow: Light and Shadow are the expressions on the face of the young child playing “patti cake” with Mom.

Price:  NFS

Statement:

 

More about my work:  www.eldoradoarts.org

Joretha Hall

Joe Bova

Title:  Conspirator

Size:  25″h x 11″w x 13″d

Light and Shadow:  Ravens collect together in Conspiracies. They are living shadows flying through light. Inspired by their constant presence around my studio, this solitary Conspirator emerged, inspired by Pueblo Kachina form.

Price:  $3,600

Statement:  For much of my career I have been making social and political commentary art, often also involving eroticism. In 2003 I began work that was responsive to the misguided policies of my government. As the Republican senator from Missouri, Charles Schurz said in 1861, “Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right, when wrong to be put right.” I have been trying through my work to do my part. However in 2006-07, seeking a respite from the polemical, I returned to an earlier and abiding interest in animal forms and imagery with a new interest in integrating the vessel, namely the teapot, with the figure. The pot incognito, you might say.

More about my work:  www.joebovastudio

Joe Bova, 2017 Award of Merit

Jennifer Lowell

Title:  Round Trip

Size:  3″h x 14″d

Light and Shadow:

Dusk is a particularly exquisite time of the day. The clouds take on a distinct light, that surrounds us and colors the sky. Swallows come out from the shadows of porch eaves and muddy nests, their tiny bodies dart around so beautifully. I have always been mesmerized by this early evening nature poem.

Price:  $128

Statement:  I love clay, from porcelain whites to deep reds and browns. I love it all. Since I am not able to truly devote myself to being a ceramic artist with the time I would like to, I feel as though I am preparing myself for my next life!!!  My inspiration comes from the same forces that seem to inspire most artists, the sublime beauty of nature. The patterns, the colors, the textures and the light. Our earth is the divine mother of such exquisiteness that to be alive is to be in love with her. I learned to throw in Spain from a master potter and continue to be enamored of the wheel. I also enjoy sculpting and hand-building with its very different clay experience. I enjoy wood and soda firings and the enriching experiences clay continues to provide.

More about my work:

Jennifer Lowell

Frank Willett #2

Title:  Glove Form

Size:  10″h x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Shadow inside, Light outside.

Price:  $375

Statement:  In these days of richly enhanced communication we have the opportunity to experience the popular and easy ways of seeing things from varied sources, prehistoric to contemporary and worldwide. Now we have a tremendous vocabulary of forms and decorative treatments for design ideas. There seem to be no rules or prescriptions for creativity at present, so the artist and craftsman has an open formats for the invention of a new and unseen direction or a recombination of defined patterns. The pieces I make from clay are intended to have a pleasant presence in any setting and be functional.

More about my work:  www.willettbaldingerceramics.com

Frank Willett, 2017 Special Juror Award

Frank Willett #1

Title:  Bowl

Size: 4″h x 16″d

Light and Shadow:  Dark and light contrasting: “Darkness” on the rim, “lightness” interior.

Price:  $350

Statement:  In these days of richly enhanced communication we have the opportunity to experience the popular and easy ways of seeing things from varied sources, prehistoric to contemporary and worldwide. Now we have a tremendous vocabulary of forms and decorative treatments for design ideas. There seem to be no rules or prescriptions for creativity at present, so the artist and craftsman has an open formats for the invention of a new and unseen direction or a recombination of defined patterns. The pieces I make from clay are intended to have a pleasant presence in any setting and be functional.

More about my work: https://www.willettbaldinger.com/

Frank Willett

Elizabeth Donsbach

Title:  The Garden at Night

Size:  25″h x 10″w x 10″d

Light and Shadow:  Colors and forms in nature mute but may also become richer as the shades of twilight and night close over them. In New Mexico, the land sometimes gives off a strange glow just after sunset, almost as if the day’s light had condensed into embers. It feels like a magic time because it shines darkness and light at once. The Garden at Night plays with what might emerge in those shadows.

Price:  $1500

Statement:  I came to work with clay after a lifetime love of dirt and wild landscapes, so clay feels like a natural friend. Clay has so many virtues: open minded in its interests; imaginative and sensual in its play. Its structure possesses integrity and a complex intelligence. It is pliant but not easy. I also love the clean and elegantly emotional lines of classical sculpture; but I seem unable to do that kind of work. What I see in life is complexity and paradox, contradictory and ambiguous relationships. The world of life is lush and weird, and the layered depths of it are infinite. I can’t depict that vision literally, so I lay it down in tangled imagery that points to the feelings it evokes. My process is to work with the clay, offering it a form, offering the images that come into my mind; but mostly listening and watching for the moment when the clay speaks back in its rich voice, and stories sprout in its soil.

Elizabeth Donsbach

Eileen Gorman

Title:  Stones Rising

Size:  11″h x 24″w x 14″d

Light and Shadow:  Stones rise from the ocean around the globe. As the sun rises and sets, the light moves over the stones and changes the view of the shadow on the water, continuously changing the view. The color of the stones will change, providing the viewer with a new scene throughout the journey of the natural light over time. This creates a new scene at each moment of view and a new wonder to bring peace or stimulate the imagination.

Price:  $900

Statement:  The earth is made of sand, stone and water that make up the landscapes. These inspire my work evoking vistas and visions. In addition, these landscape components also make up clay which can be turned into natural forms again through the artistic process. The special geological features of the world, particularly mountains and large vistas, are a strong source of inspiration. With climate changes happening rapidly, creating new forms for display, reminding us of nature, seem more and more important with every passing day.  Each new form is inspired by some natural structure or idea, building either on a memory of a form or other ideas and impressions. In addition to being inspired by monumental vistas, I envision my work installed as small monuments themselves.  As a result, my preference is for high fired processes. These processes can be unpredictable, creating surprises, just as nature does.  But we must adapt to both, in order to move forward.

More about my work:  www.http://claystudiotour.com/eileen-gorman/

Eileen Gorman

Darla Graff Thompson #2

Title:  40 Days & 40 Nights

Size:  13″h x 6″w x 7″d

Light and Shadow:  The title is from the Bible where it appears several times, always representing a period of trial or probation and emphasizing trouble or hardship, but always with a redemption or deliverance at the end; the interplay of light and shadow is external, but also occurs internally, with our own struggles and challenges that we must face and overcome.

Price:  $350

Statement:  I began sculpting in the early 1980’s and continued creating with clay as I pursued an education in chemistry, providing my life with much-needed stress relief and balance. My sculptures are condensed thoughts or emotions that span a wide range of topics. In them, I see the faces of old friends— hints of my scientific nature, a lot of humor, and solid evidence of life’s joy and the variety of its experiences.

More about my work:  www.fullerlodgeartcenter.com

Darla Graff Thompson

Cheryl Hoaglund

Title:  Canyonscape

Size:  12″h x 6″w x 5″d

Light and Shadow:

Around and between the canyon cliffs we find the play of light and shadow as the sun or moon moves across the sky. The images cast by these canyon formations change dramatically with the passage of time, particularly interior spaces. With shifting time, we are not sure if we are indeed looking at the same rock formations.

Price:  $80

Statement:

Any day I can work with clay is a good day! Pots in the home have a special place as we interact with them daily. Our food memories are some of the strongest memories in life and special cups, plates, bowls, teapots and covered jars enhance those memories. I continue to experiment with new materials and techniques in a quest to keep my work lively and well-crafted.

In recent work, I have been exploring the esthetics of the Art Nouveau period with its emphasis on geometric, repetitive and stylized lines. The architecture of that period, both outside and inside buildings is something I find refreshingly clean and pleasing. Fired in a soda kiln, the flames are able to play around the outside surfaces of these thrown and faceted pots to give a variety of patterns, colors and highlights.

Cheryl Hoaglund