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Celebration of Clay 2021: Coming Together

  • 11 Jun 2021
  • 8:30 AM
  • 29 Jul 2021
  • 8:30 PM
  • The Gallery at Abiquiu Inn
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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

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

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, 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

We call ourselves the NMPCA!