Traditionally, the NMPCA Celebration of Clay is not a juried show to enter. Each member selects the piece(s) that they feel represent their best work. A jury is formed for each show to select awards.
2017 awards selected by jurors Kathy Cyman, Djann Hoffman, and Debra Fritts
2016 awards selected by juror Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum.
Best of Show: Meili Milonni, “Yesterday and Today”, A new form for an ancient poem.
Beauty – Quality – Functionality award, Sponsored by the Porcelain Vessels course at UNM: Betsy Williams, “The Things We Use”, I am exploring ways to re-use various packaging materials in interesting and compelling ways.
Award of Merit: Kari Rives, “Jasper”, Rage against the unseen and unfair.
Award of Merit: Mario Quilles, “Oceana Grouping”, Did you hear what she said?
Award of Merit: Judy Nelson-Moore and Cricket Appel, “Touchstone”, I’ve got an idea, what do you think?
2014 awards selected by juror Betsy Williams.
Below are the 2013 juror awards and People’s Choice award. For the 2013 show, Intimate Visions, the juror was Frank Willett. Frank is a special treasure to the NMPCA: He was one of the founding members of our organization, and through his work and his studio and community participation, he has been a mentor and inspiration to potters. In 2013, Frank was an honored recipient of a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Below are the awards from the 2012 Celebration of Clay which was held at the Ghost Ranch Museum, September, 2012. Click an image to see the artist name and the award.