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Ghost Ranch Ceramic Arts

In May, 2017, new awnings were installed at the Ghost Ranch Ceramic workshop at Pinon building.  This ceramic workshop was created by the ranch after Pot Hollow was destroyed by a flash flood in 2015.   In late 2016 and early 2017, the Ranch built an extension of the portal outside Pinon 2 room which had been renovated for  ceramics programs.  The extension of the portal makes a nice outdoor workspace comparable to what we used to have in Pot Hollow.  The NMPCA used donations from the members from this campaign to install awnings on the west side of the portal, which provides needed rain and sun shade and extends the workspace.  Here are pictures of the awnings.

Rainbow over Ghost Ranch after the Flood Passed on July 8th, 2015

The Story of the Flood

     On July 8th, 2015 a flash flood swept through the Yeso Creek arroyo at Ghost Ranch and carried away 4 art teaching studios, including Pot Hollow, the ceramic art educational studio.  Also lost or damaged were the metal working studio, glass studio, and weaving studio.  Fortunately, no one was injured, and the rest of the Ranch including dining hall, housing, meeting rooms and museums did not suffer damage.  The Ranch has promised to rebuild the art studios in a different location.  

     Many of the members of the NMPCA and the wider ceramic community have had a long association with Pot Hollow. The NMPCA has held annual workshops at the Ranch for 40 years. Once or twice a year volunteer weekends allow NMPCA members and friends to maintain the studio equipment and supplies.  A 2008 Armstrong Grant from the NMPCA added a cement flooring in the outdoor workspace.  Kilns, furniture, fans, wheels, tools, supplies and much more have been donated to the studio.  

     Some materials have been salvaged and more materials and equipment donated or bought by the Ranch.   Ceramic workshops are being held in temporary quarters since the flood.  

Important Announcement:  

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us to take advantage of a matching challenge from an NMPCA member who donated $500 to match 10 donations of a minimum of $50. We met and exceeded that challenge.  Now, we are working toward our goal of $10,000 for this campaign. 

How You Can Help

     NMPCA members, family, friends, Ghost Ranch lovers and people interested in furthering the tradition of ceramic education in the beautiful environment of Northern New Mexico are making cash, time, expertise, and materials contributions to the effort to rebuild a ceramic art studio at Ghost Ranch. 

     You can help by making a monetary contribution of any amount, which will enable us to help the Ranch build a new studio. The NMPCA will use the money to purchase or upgrade studio equipment or supplies.  NMPCA has 501c3 status, so your contribution is fully tax deductible. 

     You can also make a donation directly to Ghost Ranch at www.ghostranch.org.  You may designate your contribution to be used specifically for the ceramic arts education facility.
     You can tell us about your best memories and favorite experience at Ghost Ranch by making a post in the "Pot Hollow Memories" forum below.  

Donation Status

Goal: $10,000.00
Collected: $3,550.00
Contributions will be used to establish a permanent workshop for education in the Ceramic Arts at Ghost Ranch.

Pictures Before the Flood


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Pictures After the Flood


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Memories of Ghost Ranch:  Before the Flood

We invite you to share your memories of Ghost Ranch's Pot Hollow Ceramic Studio 



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21 Nov 2015 4:29 PM Judy Nelson-Moore (Administrator)

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