1 Celebration of Clay 2020: Perspectives

  • 31 Jul 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • 19 Sep 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center
  • 2


  • Entry of one piece by an individual member.
  • Registration for Full-time student. You must be a student member of NMPCA engaged in a full-time course of study. Go to nmpca.com to join as a student.
  • A second piece, entry by a member. Select "New Registration"
  • Registration for Full-time student. You must be a student member of NMPCA engaged in a full-time course of study. Go to nmpca.com to join as a student.

Registration is closed

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

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