Press Release

CallHeader[1]2015 Celebration of Clay:  Conversations in Clay Creates Synergy Among Artists

Exhibit:  Fuller Lodge Art Center (FLAC), Los Alamos, New Mexico.  August 14 – September 19, 2015.
Opening Reception, August 14, 5-7 pm

Members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA), with the support of Fuller Lodge Art Center (FLAC), will stage an exhibition of work titled “Conversations in Clay.”  The theme encouraged members to participate in different ways, including working with another artist, to create visual conversations.  Individual entries by a single artist are also included, along with a one-sentence “conversation starter” description.

Members have been talking about this show for months.  Those who collaborated with another found that the effort of working together resulted in a whole greater than the simple sum of its parts. The synergy created by this approach will continue to rebound in the clay community and in the work of individual artists throughout New Mexico.

The NMPCA holds an exhibition every year in various locations called the “Celebration of Clay,” where members submit their work to showcase the variety and depth of ceramic art being created in our state.  This year’s award jurors, Ken Nebel, Monika Kaden, and Debra Fritts, will select recipients of cash awards, including Best of Show, Awards of Merit, and the UNM Arita Porcelain Department award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality.

The coveted “People’s Choice” is given to the most popular work in the exhibit.  Join the fun and cast your vote for your favorite at the gallery or on-line at celebrationofclay.com.

The cash awards will be announced at the opening reception held on August 14 from 5-7 pm.  The “People’s Choice” award is announced following the closing at celebrationofclay.com.

The Fuller Lodge Art Center is a community organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in Los Alamos through artistic opportunities for all ages through exhibitions, classes, fairs and sales.  Currently it supports over 100 local, regional, established and emerging artists.  The Art Center is located in Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Avenue in Los Alamos, NM, and open 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Saturday.

New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists is an organization of over 170 artists, mostly in the state of New Mexico, but also from other states across the country.  For more information about the organization, visit www.nmpotters.org, and our online newsletter, www.thesliptrail.com.  For more information about the annual Celebration of Clay exhibit, www.celebrationofclay.com.

For more information and images, contact:
Gloria Gilmore-House, COC 2015 Show Chair, (505) 661-0470 (Los Alamos)
Judy Nelson-Moore, (505) 466-3070 (Santa Fe)


 NMPCA 2014 Celebration of Clay Exhibit

On July 24, 2014, the Rio Grande Sun, an Espanola weekly newspaper, had a feature article about the Celebration of Clay.  See article here.

The New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA) would like to announce the upcoming Celebration of Clay exhibit, “Water for Life,” July 1-31, 2014 at the Ghost Ranch Museum, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

The New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists is an association of more than 200 Ceramic art enthusiasts all over the state of New Mexico and has been thriving for more than 40 years. The Celebration of Clay is a greatly anticipated annual member’s exhibition. This year’s show theme is Water for Life.  Because of climatic conditions, water is often on the minds of every New Mexican.  This comes out in the art created by New Mexico artists.  Ceramic artists in this exhibit show their concerns and thoughts about water in the pieces in this show:  vessels for carrying water, images of water or lack of water, concepts of water in everyday life, in mythology, and in the psyche.  Ceramic artists in this exhibit show their concerns and thoughts about water in this show:  vessels for carrying water, images of water or lack of water, concepts of water in everyday life, in mythology, and in the psyche.  Participants were not asked to tell exactly how their piece fits into the theme.  Some of the ideas are obvious from the title, the nature of the ceramic object, the feeling evoked, the color or the effect in the glaze.  Some of the concepts about water are left to our imagination.

Every year, this exhibit allows members to enter their own selection of work, and features  awards to highlight exceptional works, selected by a juror. This year, the award juror is Betsy Williams, a long-time NMPCA member and co-owner of The Rift Gallery.  See more information about Betsy and her own ceramic work on her website:  www.enbistudio.com.

Public and friends can also interact with the exhibit through our online People’s Choice Award, where you can view the exhibit pieces and vote for your favorite. Go to www.celebrationofclay.com between July 1st through the 30th. Juried awards will be announced at the reception; the People’s Choice Award will be announced by September 1st on the website, www.celebrationofclay.com.
For more information on NMPCA please visit www.nmpotters.org or www.celebrationofclay.com. For questions about the show, contact Leonard Baca, (505) 266-4011 or email coc@nmpotters.org.

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