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    • 14 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 30 Jun 2021
    • (MDT)
    • Online, we will send you the link
    Registration is closed

    Hot to Make an Art Tile, online videoLearn How to Make a Clay Art Tile

    NMPCA member, ceramic sculptor and teacher, Christine Evans, presents a video which shows, step by step, how to make a re clay tile in bas relief.

    Christine shows how you can translate a two-dimensional image into a low relief, sculpted three-dimensional clay art tile. She shares tips and tricks for sculpting plants and rendering the human figure for a beautiful and serene garden scene.


    Click "Register" at left, confirm your name and email address to receive the link to this interesting and informative video.  

    This workshop is hosted by the NMPCA (New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists).

    See more about Christine's work.

    • 28 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 31 Aug 2021
    • 11:30 PM (MDT)

    Applications for Armstrong Grant for Education in the Ceramic Arts

    Deadline to apply:  August 31 for funds to be released Fall 2021

    There is no cost to apply.

    See stories of previous grant awards on our website

    This registration is to signal intent to apply for the annual grant program for education in the ceramics arts.  Register here online and then send supporting documentation via email or mail.  

    The Armstrong Grant was established in memory of our late distinguished member, Bill Armstrong. Bill was instrumental in teaching many people about pottery and was always interesting in experimenting, learning more, and helping others.

    In this spirit, New Mexico Potters gives an annual grant to assist with a ceramics education program or a ceramic art project.

    The annual award is up to $1000, to be determined by the Board, based upon individual needs. Proposals for lesser amounts would also be welcome for consideration.

    Use of funds: Funds may be used for purchasing supplies or equipment, contracting with a visiting artist, marketing/publicizing a special program or project or other activities directly related to ceramic art education.

    Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations and educational institutions located in New Mexico are eligible to apply.


    1.  Fill in this grant registration with name, address, phone, email and brief description of the project. 

    2.  Provide additional support documentation via email or paper mail.  Support documentation should include:  

    • Applicant’s name, address, phone, email
    • A description of the project or program, including dates, location, budget, etc.
    • A description of who will benefit from this project/program and what are the anticipated outcomes.
    • A description of the organization applying for the grant
    • Specify exactly how the funds will be used and, if the cost is more than requested, identify the other funding sources
    • Provide a simple income/expense statement for the project/program
    • Copy of IRS designation letter (if applicant is 501(c)3 organization)

    After the grant is awarded, the recipient organization is expected to

    • Provide documentation to show funds were used as described in the proposal
    • Provide pictures for website and publicity purposes
    • Give funding credit to NMPCA in newsletter, press release, website or other forms of communication.

    Deadline: Since 2020 is an unusual year, and the plans of many organizations are uncertain in the wake of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, applications for the 2021 Armstrong Grant will be accepted through summer of 2021 for an award in the fall of 2021.

    Proposals should be mailed to:

    NMPCA Armstrong Grant
    c/o Michael Thornton
    PO Box 26811
    Albuquerque, NM 87125

    Questions or send proposal by email to Michael Thornton, grant12@nmpotters.org

    • 18 Feb 2021
    • (MST)
    • 31 Jul 2021
    • (MDT)
    • various

    Who does the work of presenting the Celebration of Clay? 
    Celebration of Clay Committee and...YOU!

    Sign-up for volunteer tasks here.

    Make your entry to the show itself in the event Celebration of Clay: Coming Together.  

    Specific details of the tasks may change because of health regulations due to the pandemic. 

    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 19, 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 #00 and we'll find a job that we didn't anticipate for you to help with.

    Thank you so much for helping put on this show!  

    If you have any questions, contact the COC Show Committee: coc@nmpotters.org

    • 18 Apr 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 19 Jun 2021
    • (MDT)
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop with Sharon Brush

    Apply by June 19, 2021.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.  Workshop is August 19 - August 21, 2021.   We will notify recipient by July 1, 2021.

    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 NMPCA scholarship.   

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 pm to Saturday, August 21 at 3:00 pm.  The scholarship will include full registration, meals and room accommodations 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, the scholarship recipient will also receive a complementary one-year membership.  

    Apply through this website through June 19, 2021 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 July 1, 2021. 

    If you have any questions, please call Judy Nelson-Moore, (505)466-3070 or send an email to workshop@nmpotters.org. 
    • 18 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MDT)
    • Online (check your email confirmation for link to join the Zoom session)

    Join us for the Third members zoom sharing session

    Clay Connections

    Theme:  Identity

    Tuesday, May 18 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


    We will meet, talk, laugh, and be connected from far apart!  

    We'll go around the virtual room, introduce ourselves and share our story prompted by the theme.    This month's theme is "Identity."  How does the idea of infusing your work with your identity come into your practice?  Are you conscious of your identity being a part of your work?   You can illustrate your thoughts with an example of your work or picture(s) of your work.  Be prepared to tell us, in two minutes, what you want to share.  

    To join the meeting, you need a computer with a camera, speaker and microphone.  Or, you can join with a smart phone or ipad.  You will need to download the Zoom app to your device prior to joining the meeting if you have never zoomed before.  We will send you the link to download and start the meeting when you register.  It is also possible to join via telephone if you don't have a camera and microphone.  Most of you have probably been doing zoom sessions for several months and know how they work.  

    Participation will be limited to 25 people.  Click "Register" at left to sign up.  

    Hosted by

    Mary Sharp Davis, NMPCA Member Outreach Coordinator


    Judy Nelson-Moore, NMPCA Treasurer

    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • 29 Jul 2021
    • 8:30 PM (MDT)
    • The Gallery at Abiquiu Inn
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Call for Entries


    Celebration of Clay 2021 

    Special dedication to Frank Willett

    hosted by

    New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


    The Gallery at Abiquiu Inn
    Abiquiu, New Mexico

    Opening Reception, Friday, June 11, 4-6 pm
    Exhibit Open from June 11 to July 29, 2021

    Registration starts April 1st, 2021.  Read this Call for Entries carefully, prepare your ceramic work(s), and then
    click "Register" at left to submit your entries.

    Arrangements for the opening reception and gallery hours are subject to health regulations and cautions in effect during the COVID pandemic.  Details will be shown on our website at www.nmpotters.org.

    As a member of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists, you are invited to participate in our annual Celebration of Clay exhibit. This show is an opportunity to share exciting and diverse ceramic creations. 

    We are COMING TOGETHER again after a long year of uncertainties, not seeing each other and not sharing our clay enthusiasms. Let’s make this, our annual non juried show a big clay gathering in which our clay pieces will represent the soul of each of us; members of our own clay community, the NMPCA.

    And as a clay community we are dedicating this show to the memory of our own founding member Frank Willett, who certainly touched many of us in his unique and uplifting way.

    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 70 entries.  Each member can submit up to two pieces.  Not a member of NMPCA?  It is easy to join on www.nmpca.com

    Registration will be open from April 1 through May 1, 2021.  Good quality digital image is required at the time of registration. 


    Awards will be selected by an award jury.  Awards will be announced at the reception on June 11.  

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

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

    Show Timeline

    Registration opens April 1st
    Entry Deadline May 1st
     Entry finalized and image submitted at time of registration
     Deliver work to collection points or gallery June 1st
     Show setup June 1-3
    Show Duration June 11 - July 29, 2021
     Opening Reception and Awards Presentation     June 11, 5-7 pm
     People's Choice Voting June 6-July 29, 2021
     Take down exhibit, repacking work July 30-31, 2021

     Pick up entries from collection points 

    July 31 at gallery or
    August 1-5 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 must fit within an 18 inch square base.  The weight should not exceed 35 pounds.  

    Wall pieces are invited and must be submitted with secure hanging method and accompanied by hardware.  Weight not to exceed 25 pounds.  

    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 approval by the committee is required. We will not accept work we deem unsafe or damaged.


    The fee structure for the show is 60% for NMPCA artist and 40% for Abiquiu Inn. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


    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 Entry"    Register again selection "Second Entry" for a 2nd piece.  Be sure to follow-through the payment online.  Do this starting April 1st.  Registration closes May 1st 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 described below.

    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, 800 px high to maximum 1000px wide, not to exceed 1mb in size.  Important: 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.  If you are not familiary with how to prepare images, please read our help page for information on using a free tool to prepare the image.  


    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.  This is important publicity for the benefit of the show as a whole and for advancing your own work.  You are also requested to post announcements of the show on your own Facebook and Instagram accounts.  


    Last year, several artists prepared a short video talking about their work and this provided additional audience engagement and publicity for the show, as well as furthered the artists exposure online.  If you would like to create a video, indicate on the registration form.  


    The Abiquiu Inn provides insurance for the work once it is installed at the Inn up until it is taken down for sale or return to artist.  The insurance valuation of the work is 60% of the sales price to a maximum of $3000 ($5000 sales price) 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 agree to hold the NMPCA 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 and described in this help article. Please call drop off contact in advance.  

    Albuquerque: Leonard Baca

    Business Printing Service
    4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque

    Santa Fe: Luisa Baldinger
              880 B Chicoma Vista
              Santa Fe, NM 87505

    You must deliver work to one of these locations or ship or deliver work directly to the Abiquiu Inn to arrive no later than June 1st. 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 order to clarify the basic provisions of the show, we have prepared this agreement page.  Please read before you submit your entry.

    Questions?  Contact the Celebration of Clay 2021 committee at email coc@nmpotters.org

    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop 2021

    Dates:    Thursday, August 19, 1pm -  Saturday, August 21, 2021, 3pm 

    Presenter:  Sharon Brush

    Register March 3 - July 15, 2021

    Registration is full...but we are accepting applications for one scholarship attendee.  Read about the event in this announcement and then go HERE to sign up for the scholarship.

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

    Because of the COVID Pandemic, arrangements and procedures at the workshop will depend on the health regulations and travel restrictions in effect in August 2021.  New Mexico Department of Health protocols for COVID19 safety will be observed. These may include travel restrictions for visitors from out of state.  Read current travel directives here.  

    We will contact you if you register and arrangements must be changed.  Check our website at www.nmpotters.org for more information.

    Read more about this workshop and see Sharon's work.

    Click on "Register" at left to sign up for this workshop.                                           

    Registration cost: NMPCA member = $300. All others = $325  


    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 2021 workshop. NMPCA collects all fees (registration, selected accommodations, meal, conservation) and pays them to Ghost Ranch.  (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, single occupancy or share with two people -  $165/night = $330
    2. Room with shared bath, two beds.  Room can be shared by two people, adjoining bath shared with one other room  - $155/night = $310
    3. Tent/RV Site camping with electrical - $35/site/night = $70
    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.

    We call ourselves the NMPCA!