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    registration for:

    Bill Armstrong Grant for Education in the Ceramic Arts

    Proposal Deadline:  August 31, 2022

    Funds to be released Fall 2022

    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, NMPCA 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 2022 is an unusual year, and the plans of many organizations are uncertain in the wake of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, applications for the 2022 Armstrong Grant will be accepted through Summer of 2022 for an award in the Fall of 2022.

    Proposals should be mailed to:

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

    To send proposal by email:

    attn: Michael Thornton


    • 07 Mar 2022
    • 23 Jul 2022
    • various

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

    Sign-up for volunteer tasks here.

    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 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 15, 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

    • 02 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Online (check your email confirmation for link to join the Zoom session)

    Clay Connections

    Theme:  Working Solo

    Thursday, June 2, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm  - Free

    The topic for June is about how do you stay inspired and motivated when working solo.  Many of us work in a home studio and do not always have the opportunity to gain the inspiration or ideas that may come from a communal studio setting.

    Is it nature? is it following other artists on social media?  Is it by going to galleries or museums?  What inspires your new work and keeps you motivated?

    I think that no matter what setting you normally work in for just about all of us the pandemic forced us to not be with others and even if we had that type of workspace before, we had to give that up to follow the guidelines to keep all safe and therefore work alone.

    Sheila:  One thing I did was I would look at pieces such as the mid-century potter Russel Wright and even though I believe some of these pieces may have been slip cast I would try to figure out how I could recreate something similar and challenge myself with something I had never done before.

    If you work alone in a studio setting, what keeps you inspired or if you don’t, what did you do during the pandemic to keep that inspiration and motivation going, and how does that help you now?

    Click the register button at left to join us for the conversation on Thursday, June 2 at 4:00 pm.

    Co-hosted by

    Sheila Miller and Judy Nelson-Moore

     Participation will be limited to 25 people.  

    To join the meeting, you need a computer with a camera, speaker and microphone.  Or, you can join with a smart phone or tablet.  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.  

    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • Taos Ceramics Center - Taos, New Mexico
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Celebration of Clay 2022 

    hosted by

    New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists and 

    Taos Ceramics Center (TCC)

                                    Taos, New Mexico

    Exhibit Open from June 18 to July 23, 2022

    Registration now open.  Final deadline for entries is May 14, 2022. 

    Only first entries are being accepted at this time.  If the show is full, we invite you to sign up on the waitlist.

    Read this Call for Entries carefully, finish your ceramic work(s) and prepare the image(s), then
    click "Register" at left to submit your entry.

    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. Consider sharing a creation with your clay community. May you be inspired by this year’s theme: Celebration of Clay: Uplifted.

    For so many of us, our connection with the practice of clay-making is our inspiration, we are “UPLIFTED” with a material that encourages expression of both formative and new experiences. The medium itself brings spontaneity even in a habitual routine. We turn to clay and to our clay community to uplift us with new ideas and the camaraderie that only other clay people know.

    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 62 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 March 15th for the first submission; April 17th through May 14th for first and second submissions. 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 18th.  

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

    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

    March 15 for 1st submission

    April 17th for 1st and 2nd submissions

    Entry Deadline

    May 14

     Entry finalized and image submitted

    at time of registration

     Deliver work to collection points

    June 6-10

    (June 11-14 if direct to gallery)

     Show setup

    June 15-17

    Show Duration

    June 18 - July 23, 2022

     Opening Reception and Awards   Presentation    

    June 18, 4-7 pm

     People's Choice Voting

    June 18 - July 23, 2022

     Take down exhibit, repacking work

    July 24-25

     Pick up entries from collection points 

    July 24 -25 at gallery or

    July 25-27 from collection



    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” square base and be 36” or less in height. 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 for any one element. If you should have any questions regarding eligibility, contact the COC committee.  


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

    All work entered in the show must be for sale.


    Submit your entry by clicking "register" at left. Entry fee is $25 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 March 15th.  Registration closes May 14th 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.  All work must be for sale.

    5.    click “choose file” to select the image.  


    A digital image of each entry is required. Your digital image will showcase your piece in the website exhibition gallery, publicity, show setup planning, and People's Choice voting. Thus the photo of your piece must be focused, well-lit, properly-cropped, and displayed on a solid background. The presentation tradition continues, presenting all the pieces on an even-footing of quality. 

    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 familiar 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.  


    Taos Ceramics Center provides insurance for the work once it is installed at the Gallery 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. Artists 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 $35 to help with the exhibition costs.


    We will have three 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
                         505-471-9070 (Call to arrange drop off time)

    Taos:             Deliver directly to Taos Ceramics Center

                           114 Este Es Rd, Taos, NM 

                        June 11 - 14

                        If you need a special Taos area arrangement,

                        please contact Serit Kotowski

                        575 758 7029 by text or voice mail

                            or serit@cybermesa.com

    You must deliver work to one of these locations or ship or deliver work directly to the Taos Ceramics Center to arrive no later than June 14th. 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 2022 committee at email coc@nmpotters.org

    • 19 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch - Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop 2022:
    New Mexico Connections

    Dates:    Friday, August 19, 2022, 3pm - Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3pm 


    • Luisa Baldinger - Terra Sigillata
    • Yuriy Luzov - Murrine and Tessellation with Polymer Clay
    • Brant Palley/Cirrelda Snyder-Bryan - Using Stains and Oxides in Clay
    • Merlene Walker - Precious Metal Clay 

    Registration Open: Feb. 27 - July 18, 2022

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

    Read more about this workshop and see information about the presenters.

    Click on "Registerabove to sign up for this workshop. 

    Cost of workshop registration:   NMPCA members = $250                  Non-members = $275  

    (Cost of accommodation and meals is not included in workshop registration.   Accommodations and meals are selected when you register. Payment is through our secure online payment system.)


    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 2022 workshop. NMPCA collects all fees (registration, selected accommodations, meal, conservation) and pays them to Ghost Ranch.  (If more rooms are registered than are available, we will contact you to make another accommodation choice. 

    Roommates: Ghost Ranch charges us for the room, regardless of how many people stay there, so if you plan to share the accommodation costs with a roommate you must indicate your preference.  

    1. Room with private bath and 2 queen beds, single occupancy or shared by two people -  $165/night x2 = $330  (none remaining)
    2. Room with shared bath, 2 beds.  single occupancy or shared by two people, adjoining bath shared with one other room  - $155/night x2 = $310
    3. Dorm Room - 2 single beds, single occupancy or shared by two people, community bath -    $85/night x2 =$170
    4. Tent/RV Site camping with electrical - $35/site/night x2 = $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.  

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

      If camping or staying off-ranch, you may 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.

      Because of the COVID Pandemic, arrangements and procedures at the workshop will depend on the health regulations and travel restrictions in effect in August 2022.  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 registrants in the event that arrangements must be changed.  Registration deadline is July 18, 2022.  

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