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Celebration of Clay 2022: Uplifted

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

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

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, 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


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

We call ourselves the NMPCA!