Celebration of Clay 2018: Contemporary Ceramics - Informed by Tradition

  • 01 May 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • 30 May 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Galleries, Taos, New Mexico
  • 0


  • Entry of first piece by an individual member.
  • Second entry. Choose this type only after you have completed the first entry.
  • If you are a full-time student in high-school or college, use option to register. Use the same option for a 2nd piece.

Celebration of Clay 2018 
Contemporary Ceramics - Informed by Tradition

May 1 - 30, 2018  

We have enough pieces for our exhibition.  Sorry, we cannot accept any more registrations.  Please do visit the exhibition in Taos:

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 4 - 6pm

Memorial Day Weekend Reception, May 26, 4-6pm

Sponsored by New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


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

 “Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition”  

Creating in clay has a long, rich history of over 10,000 years that spans continents and cultures. As contemporary clay artists we are all influenced by this age-old human tradition. This show seeks to highlight the many ways in which we as artists in present times reflect and are inspired by the past and marry the ancient aesthetics with not only with 21st century technology but also contemporary vision.

This exhibit is coordinated with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. “Spring Arts” in Taos is celebration that showcases visual, performing, and literary arts of the community. Four galleries on Kit Carson Rd will be co-hosting this years’ show.

Copper Moon Gallery, Diana Miller
DAFA (David Anthony Fine Art), David Mapes
Total Arts Gallery Inc., Emily Wilde
Wilder/Nightingale Fine Art, Rob Wilder


Award judges will be the gallery owners.  Awards will be announced at the reception on May 5.  

Best of Show:  $200
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

Entry Due  April 1
 Advance Publicity Photos  March 15
 Notification of gallery selections  April 15-16
 Deliver work to collection points  April 19-21
Show Duration  May 1- May 30   
 Opening Reception and Awards Presentation      May 5, 4-6 pm
 Spring Arts Memorial Day weekend reception      May 26, 4-6 pm
 People's Choice Voting  May 1-May 29
 People's Choice Award Announced  June 5
 Take down exhibit, repacking work  May 31

Pick up entries from collection points 
in Santa Fe /ABQ

 June 2-5


All members of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists are eligible. New members are welcome and can join at the time as entering the show at www.nmpca.com.


Submit your entry by clicking "register" at left. Entry Fee is $15 for the first piece and $10.00 for the second piece. Students can enter up to 2 pieces for $5 per entry.  Payment may be made online or by check payable to NMPCA c/o Treasurer at PO Box 26811, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6811.


Our showing galleries this year accept items for sale at 50/50 split. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


A digital image of each entry is required.  These will be used for publicity, gallery selection, and People's Choice voting.  You will receive a confirmation email with instructions how to prepare your images and a link to the website to upload your image file(s).  Images received by March 15 will be considered for use in publicity.  All images must be uploaded by April 1, 2018.  


All showing galleries are insured. However, NMPCA does not insure art work while being transported to and from central collection points and galleries. Artists desiring insurance are advised to arrange for coverage themselves. Artist exhibiting work agree to hold the 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.


All work submitted to the show must have an accurate photographic representation. No works may be substituted. Galleries have limited wall space and are unsuitable for heavy or large 2-D installations. If you are planning on a wall piece, please contact us in advance so we can determine feasibility. All work must be gallery ready with hanging system installed on the work.

Freestanding work should fit safely on an 18”x18” base. It may be possible to install larger work providing space is available but artist will be required to install and remove the work them self—again advance notice is required. We will not accept work we deem as unsafe or damaged.


Please volunteer in order to make this exhibit possible. We need your help.  See the confirmation email for special instructions about volunteer jobs. Read your confirmation email for details, or go the Celebration of Clay website here to see the details of the tasks and then sign up for a task on the task event registration before you complete your entry.   If you absolutely can not help we understand and would still like you to participate and ask that you also pay an extra $25 for each piece in the exhibition.


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.  Please call in advance.  

Albuquerque: Leonard Baca

Business Printing Service
4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque

Santa Fe: Luisa Baldinger

880 B Chicoma Vista, Santa Fe

Taos:  Seri Kotowski

1219 Gusdorf Rd, Ste F
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-7029 

You must deliver work to one of these three locations.  No work will be delivered directly to the gallery by the artists. Work can be shipped to Seri Kotowski in Taos.  Contact her for instructions on shipping of work.  

All work must be boxed and labelled according to instructions in your confirmation email.  

Questions?  Contact the Celebration of Clay 2018 committee at (575) 758-7029 or email coc@nmpotters.org

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