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Upcoming events

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • 31 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Celebration of Clay 2019 

    hosted by

    New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


    Santa Fe Clay Gallery

     Opening Reception: Friday April 26, 2019 from 5 -7 pm

    Show runs from April 26 to May 31 2019

    Members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists present their annual exhibition of work, showing the richness and diversity of member's expressions in clay.

    This show's title was inspired by the idea of inclusiveness, based on the city, Santa Fe, in which this exhibit will take place. There are as many approaches to clay and the ceramic arts as you can imagine. This art form has been on the planet as long as people have but it can also lend itself to a completely contemporary expression too.

    Santa Fe Clay Gallery is located at  545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM  87501


    Awards will be selected by an award jury of Mark Grischke, Jose Sierra and Ann Brown.  Awards will be announced at the opening reception on April 26.  

    - Best of Show:  $150

    - UNM Arita Porcelain Award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality: $100

    - Three $50 Merit Awards.

    A gallery of work included in the show will be seen on CelebrationofClay.com starting April 25.  

    • 08 May 2019
    • (MDT)
    • 23 Jul 2019
    • (MDT)
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop

    Apply by July 23, 2019.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.  Workshop is August 30 - September 2, 2019.   We will notify recipient by August 29, 2019.

    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 scholarship.   

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Friday, August 30 at 1:00 pm to Monday, September 2 at 3:00 pm.  The scholarship will include full registration and meals and room accommodations in the Casitas 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, recipient of the scholarship will receive a free one-year membership.  

    Apply through this website through July 23, 2019 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 August 29. 

    If you have any questions, please call Judy Nelson-Moore, (505)466-3070 or send an email to workshop@nmpotters.org. 
    • 24 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • 26 May 2019
    • 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    Ghost Ranch Volunteer Camp

    Sign up is limited by space availability

    We are holding the 2019 v-Camp May 24-26. The Ranch is providing free housing and meals for those working during Volunteer Camp.  Housing is in "dorm" room with bathrooms down the portal.  We will have separate Men's and Women's rooms, with 3-5 beds in each.  

    2016 V-Camp, Jack Roberts, Fixes shelves in studio at Ghost Ranch.V-Camp is a great time for members to get to know one another and to have an exchange of ideas while working to maintain the facility. The mission statement of the NMPCA is to promote education in the ceramic arts, and by maintaining this site we are contributing to the well being of this magical educational facility, making sure it is kept in good working condition for our 2019 workshops and beyond.

    Work activities this year include:  Repairing the gas kiln, replastering the fuming kiln, finishing the wood working on the portal, general cleanup and moving, inventory of materials and preparing list of needed replacements, preparation of a manual for use of critical equipment for the ranch to use.   

    If you have questions, call Barbara Campbell, the event coordinator, at (575) 581-4430 or email becampbell33@gmail.com

    We will let you know about any special items to bring, but in general work gloves, work clothes, dust masks for cleanup and sturdy shoes, rakes, shovel, pick-ax, trowel.

    Ghost Ranch V-Camp has a long and productive history.  Here's the crew from 2008.  

    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 02 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    Registration starts April 1, 2019 and closes July 29, 2019.

    August 30 - September 2, 2019
    Piñon Pottery Studio, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

    Sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists

    Registration Costs:

    NMPCA Member – $250 This registration type includes a $25 discount.

    Non-NMPCA Member – $275 Non-NMPCA members registrations. Get a $25 discount. Join NMPCA for $25/year or $10 as a student and get the discounted registration. Click "join" above, complete the member form, and pay for your membership. Then, return here and register as a member. If already an NMPCA member, log in at the upper right to activate member registration.

    See accommodation information below.  

    Workshop Description:

    Seng Beh is Tewa for cooking pots.  

    Jody Folwell, daughter Susan, and granddaughter Kaa, three generations of Santa Clara potters join us at Ghost Ranch. They will share special time with us cooking up a lot of interesting ideas and clay objects, teaching us traditional and contemporary techniques, and sharing ideas and stories. We will make coiled pots, working with red earthenware and micaceous clay. Deep carving and etching will be carried into contemporary painting on our pieces, firing traditionally with manure will complement the process. In addition, they will talk to us about Pueblo pottery and take us to an old ruin to talk history and culture. 

    We will be making pots, burnishing pots, carving pots, painting pots, firing pots, and learning a new way of thinking about pottery and life from our Santa Clara teachers. 

    The NMPCA and Ghost Ranch have had a 40 year relationship promoting the ceramic arts in Northern New Mexico.  Our annual workshops present varied artists with many different approaches, styles, philosophies, and methods.  Join us for 3 days of immersion in the magic of Ghost Ranch and contemporary Pueblo pottery tradition.   

    The Artists:

       After extensive study in history, anthropology, law, and chemical engineering, Jody worked as a teacher in New Mexico, California, New York, Florida, Missouri, Texas and New Zealand. At the same time, she pursued her interest in the family pottery tradition. Recently, she has been working as a full-time rancher and potter, taking time off to serve on boards and committees for social issue and arts events. Her pottery combines traditional techniques with contemporary ideas and new innovative expression.  
       Susan Folwell combines traditional materials and methods with modern themes. Coming from the Folwell pottery tradition, she has branched out and experimented with different clays, techniques and contemporary themes. Her whimsical and often political-on-point work is shown nationally and internationally.  
      Kaa Folwell graduated from IAIA. She makes jewelry and pottery, exploring what it means to be a contemporary Santa Clara artist.  


    There are several choices for accommodations on the Ranch, and this gives you a full-immersion experience in the Ghost Ranch experience.  Shown below are the choices for the 2019 workshop and the costs for this workshop.  NMPCA collects the accommodation and meal expenses and passes them through to Ghost Ranch.  Notice that some of the choices have only one or two available rooms.  If we have a situation where more than the available rooms are registered before we can respond, we will contact you to ask you to choose another accommodation choice. 

    The ranch charges us for the room, regardless of how many people stay there, so you must match up your preference with a roommate(s), sharing the costs aside from this registration.  One roommate pays for the room while the other(s) pay for meals only.   

    • 1.       One available: Private bath with 1 queen bed  $155/night = $465
    • 2.       Two available: Shared bath, two beds, $145/night = $435
    • 3.       Casitas, cabins with central bath house, 2 bunks + 1 twin (can be shared by
             up to 5 people) $75/night = $225
    • 4.       Camping, no hookups, $30/night/site = $90
    • 5.       Camping with electrical, $40/night/site = $120
    • 6.       Camping with trailer hookup, $45/night/site = $135
    • You can also choose to stay off-ranch at one of the many AirBNB accommodation choices in the area.  Visit our Ghost Ranch information page.

    Meal Package $108 must be purchased if you choose a room or Casita. 

    If camping or staying off-ranch, pay cash for meals at dining hall: Breakfast, $10; Lunch, $12; Dinner, $14.

    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.

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