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    • 24 Sep 2020
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    Who does the work of presenting the Celebration of Clay?  Your hardworking Celebration of Clay Committee and...YOU!  

    Sign-up for Tasks here.

    The Celebration of Clay has been postponed to July 31st through September 19, 2020.  The dates for the individual volunteer tasks have been adjusted.  

    Make your entry to the show itself in the event Celebration of Clay:  Perspectives below.  

    It takes the combined effort of a lot of people to present the annual Celebration of Clay.   We make it easy for you to decide how you can help and sign up.  You select one or more tasks that you want to perform by "registering" for a job here on this event.  Just choose a "new registration" to sign up for an more than one task.

    We can't put on the annual Celebration of Clay exhibition without a lot of effort on the part of our members.  There are tasks that are widely varied in the times they are to be performed, the skills required, and the location.  Several can be done at home. Several are contiguous on the same day and place, making it easy to sign up for two tasks or flexible if your time is limited.  

    If you absolutely cannot perform any of the tasks, but still want to participate in the show, would you be willing to contribute to the expenses of the show?  You can do that here...select the final "task", number 20, in this registration.    

    Click on "Register" to Review all Tasks and To Sign Up To Help. Register button is on left side of this page.

    It is important that you review all the jobs and the details of what is involved, the perform date, and the location and conditions.  Click "register" button at left of page, enter your email address, click "next", and scroll down on the list to see all the details.  

    To sign up for a task, select the task, and follow the prompts.  

    Signing up for each task is limited to the number of people needed for that task.  If there is a task you really want to do, but it is already fully taken, you can sign up for the waitlist on that task.  If someone can't do their job, we will ask you to step in.  Or, sign up for task #21 and we'll find a job that we didn't anticipate for you to help with.

    This year the Celebration of Clay exhibit will be at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, or FLAC, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

    Thank you so much for helping put on this show!  

    If you have any questions, contact the COC Show Committee:


    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Fuller Lodge Art Center
    • 2
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    New Dates
    Celebration of Clay 2020:  

    hosted by

    New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


    Fuller Lodge Art Center
    Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the show has been rescheduled from the original dates of May 22 to June 19. 

    Opening Reception, Friday, July 31, 2020, 5-7 pm
    Show runs from July 31 to September 19, 2020

    Registration is extended to June 10

    Members are invited to submit works that express their vision in ceramic art in the year 2020.

    Members all over the state of New Mexico vary in their situations, coming from different cultures, representing different ages and backgrounds.  Some view ceramics as an expression of history, a reflection of the current situation, or visions to the future.  Seeing design through the perspective of the natural world, whether it be a view from space or through the microscope is one inspiration.  The psychology and history of people and cultures is another perspective.  Enjoyment of pure design and beauty infuses the inspiration for many. 

    This show will bring out these multiple visions.  Entries will be diverse and fascinating ceramic works, whether they are functional, sculptural, ornamental, monumental or intimate. 

    Entries into the annual Celebration of Clay are accepted in order submitted by members, up to the maximum number of entries that can be accepted into the show.  This year, we will be accepting 60 entries.  Each member can submit one piece in the first call, and if space is still available, a 2nd call will allow 2nd pieces to be entered.  Not a member of NMPCA?  It is easy to join on www.nmpca.com

    Registration will be open until June 10 for the first call and June 24 if there is a 2nd call.  Good quality digital image is required at the time of registration. 


    Awards will be selected by an award jury.  This year's award jury is Ken Nebel, Director of the Fuller Lodge Art Center, Lee Akins, ceramics instructor at UNM Taos, and Liz Hunt, ceramics instructor at Santa Fe Community College. Learn more about the award jurors on our online newsletter, thesliptrail.com.  Awards will be announced at the reception on July 31.  

    - Best of Show:  $150
    - UNM Arita Porcelain Award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality: $100
    - Three $50 Merit Awards.

    Entries are also displayed on our exhibition website, www.celebrationofclay.com where we will again feature our interactive People’s Choice Vote.

    Show Timeline

    Registration opens February 1
    First Entry Deadline June 10
     2nd Call deadline  June 24
     Entry finalized and image submitted at time of registration
     Deliver work to collection points or gallery July 13-24
     Show setup July 28-29
    Show Duration July 31 - Sept 19, 2020
     Opening Reception and Awards Presentation     July 31, 5 - 7 pm
     People's Choice Voting July 31 - Sept 19
     People's Choice Award Announced September 23
     Take down exhibit, repacking work September 20

     Pick up entries from collection points 

    Sept 20 at gallery or
    Sept 21-25 for collection points


    Works in this show must not have been shown in any previous NMPCA exhibition.  All work must have an accurate digital image representation. No works may be substituted. 

    Size of work is not to exceed 4 feet in any dimension and should fit within a twenty inch square base.  The weight should not exceed 50 pounds.  

    Wall pieces are invited and must be prepared to hang on the Walker hanging system used by the Fuller Lodge Gallery.  See the Walker Display website for information about their system or see this picture of pieces hanging at Fuller Lodge.  

    It may be possible to install larger work providing space is available but artist will be required to install and remove the work themselves.  Advance notice is required. We will not accept work we deem as unsafe or damaged.


    The fee structure for the show is 65% for NMPCA artist and 35% for Fuller Lodge. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


    Now only one step to register:

    Submit your entry by clicking "register" at left. Entry fee is $15 per piece or $10 if you are a full-time student. Payment can be made online through our easy and secure online payment system.  

    Enter the first entry by selecting Registration type "First Call"    If we open up to additional pieces to be entered for the 2nd call on June 11-24, you will be contacted via email.  Be sure to follow-through the payment online.  Do this starting February 1st.  Registration closes June 10 or whenever we receive enough registrations to fill the show.  NOTE:  You must have your image ready when you register and it must meet the specifications.

    On the registration page, enter the following:

    1. the title of the piece,
    2. a description:  clay, treatment, firing
    3. outside dimensions expressed as h x w x d (in inches)
    4. price as whole dollars, no cents, no dollar sign
    5. click “choose file” to select the image.  


    A digital image of each entry is required.  These will be used for publicity, show setup planning, and People's Choice voting.   Images received early in the registration will be considered for use in publicity.  Image must be uploaded at the time of registration.  The committee reserves the right to reject images or entries not prepared appropriately.  If an acceptable image is not received, the work will not be shown and entry fee is forfeited.

    Instructions for preparation of image:  Your image must be a jpg file, minimum 800 px longest dimension, maximum 1280 in the longest dimension, not to exceed 1mb in size.  The name of the file should be yourname_title.jpg.  No spaces, no punctuation in the file name except the underline used as a separator.  If you do not name the file properly, your image may be lost.  Be aware that it is extremely difficult to control the name of an uploaded file from a phone or ipad, so please upload the image from your pc or mac computer after you have renamed the file.  


    Because of the prevalence of social media in today's event publicity, we are planning to publish image(s) that you have uploaded as well as your name on Instagram and/or Facebook over the weeks before the show opening.  We feel that you will want to participate in this important publicity for the benefit of the show as a whole and for advancing your own work.  If, for any reason, you do not want to have your name and image published on Instagram or Facebook, please indicate in the registration form.


    At Fuller Lodge Art Center, the insurance valuation of a deposited object is 65% of the sales price, up to a maximum of $1000 per piece. The Artist must provide any additional insurance. Sales prices must be in writing on the Artwork Label and signed by the artist.  Artist exhibiting work agrees to hold the Art Center, its staff, volunteers and NMPCA volunteers harmless from any costs or claims arising out of any damages or losses in handling, transporting, packing, and/or unpacking of work. We will do our best to take care of the work.


    Please volunteer in order to make this exhibit possible. We need your help.  See the confirmation email for special instructions about volunteer jobs. See the details on the task event registration and "register" for the task of your choice.   If you absolutely cannot help we understand and would still like you to participate, but ask that you contribute an extra $25 to help with the exhibition costs.


    We will have two collection points to deliver and pick up your work, see time-line.  All work must be boxed and labelled as described in the confirmation email.  Please call in advance.  

    Albuquerque: Leonard Baca

    Business Printing Service
    4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque

    Santa Fe: Lisa McEneaney
                   1206 Lujan St
                   Santa Fe, NM 87505
                   505-310-3793   Call to arrange and text when dropping off.

    Los Alamos:  Fuller Lodge Art Galley
                        2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, 87544
                        Hours, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

    You must deliver work to one of these three locations or ship work directly to Fuller Lodge to arrive no later than July 24. Shipped work must include prepaid return shipping label. Label shipped work for Celebration of Clay Exhibition.   

    All work, whether delivered in person or to the drop-off points, must be boxed and labelled according to instructions in your confirmation email.  

    Questions?  Contact the Celebration of Clay 2020 committee at email coc@nmpotters.org

    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop 2020

    At this strange and difficult time when our worlds seem upside down, what a perfect way to find "normal" by renewing our connections to the community of clay enthusiasts at Ghost Ranch.  This year's workshop features four experienced New Mexico ceramicists leading the learning, sharing and revival over two full days.  Please register and select your accommodations.  NMPCA will make your indicated arrangements with Ghost Ranch.

    Dates:    Friday, August 28, 1pm -  Sunday, August 30, 2020, 3pm 

    Description:  Two full days of discussion, technique demonstrations and hands-on work in several modalities.  Meal times and the evening communing with colleagues in clay and the magnificent nature that is Ghost Ranch.  


    Joe Bova - POTIMALS - Expressive, figurative animal vessels using Clay Repousse' technique.

    Michael Thornton - Surface effects with Naked Raku.

    Andrea Pichaida & Judy Nelson-Moore - Form and Surface with Paper Clay.

    See more about the presenters and their work and the schedule for the workshop.  Return here to register.                                                               

    Registration cost: NMPCA member = $150. All others = $175  (Registration fee defrays the studio rental and materials cost.)


    There are several choices for accommodations on the Ranch, which we recommend, as this gives you full-immersion in the Ghost Ranch experience and maximum time for socializing. Below are the accommodation & meal choices with related costs for the 2020 workshop. NMPCA collects all fees (registration, selected accommodations, meal, conservation) and pays them to Ghost Ranch.  (Please note that private semi- private rooms are limited to two each.  If more than the available rooms are registered, we will contact you for another accommodation choice. 

    Ghost 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 the workshop registration.  

    1. Room with private bath and queen beds, share with two people (2 available have been taken) -  $155/night = $310
    2. Room with shared bath, two beds shared by two people, adjoining bath shared with one other room (2 available) - $145/night = $290
    3. Dorm room with communal bath, two beds shared by two people, gender bathroom down the portal (7 available) - $85/night = $170
    4. Tent  camping with electrical (2 available) - $40/site/night = $80
    5. RV with full hookup (2 available) - $45/site/night = $90
    You can also choose to stay off-ranch at one of the many AirBNB accommodation choices in the area. If you stay off-site, please make your own accommodation arrangements.   

      Ghost Ranch Meals                                                                                                 Ghost Ranch serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, cafeteria style.                

      Meal Package - $72. Must be purchased if you choose a room or the dorm.

      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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