How to Participate in Studio Tour

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If you are a member of NMPCA, you can join the studio tour. It's easy, low cost, and provides an excellent reference to your work on the internet. If you are already a regular member, go to your profile on this site and upgrade to Studio Tour level.  Click on the button that says "change membership level" and follow the instructions.  There is an extra $15/year charge .  

Benefits of Studio Tour Participation

  1. Your work is available to view on the internet so you can refer friends, family, buyers, and the general public. You can list the NMPCA Studio Tour on your business card.
  2. If you have a website, the studio tour can link to your site, providing greater coverage and increasing your chances of being found through search engines.
  3. You help show visitors to the NMPCA site, the breadth and depth of pottery and clay art available through members.
  4. The studio tour is linked to common visitor sites and search engines, so that knowledge of your work and increased sales can result. Many people use the internet to research for their vacations, so an internet presence is good advertising, if you are selling your work.

What is the Studio Tour?

The studio tour is a section of our website featuring the breadth and depth of ceramic art being created by the members of the NMPCA.  Each artist has one page with up to eight images of work and a portrait image.  The format shows thumbnails at the top of the page.  The viewer clicks on the thumbnails to view a larger image and description. The page also contains a short artist statement, and contact information, optionally including studio address and phone, website, and email address.   A search function allows visitors to find various types of work according to  location, style, method, effects and specific content of work.  

Prepare Studio Tour Materials

Materials you prepare for your participation include 8 images of your work, one portrait image, caption descriptions for each image, artist statement, contact information, keywords, and page description.  Here are detailed instructions for each item:

Images

Prepare 8 digital images of your work and one of yourself.  Your portrait image may be a head-shot, or show you in your studio or gallery, or next to your work. Knowing what you look like gives people a more personalized view in the virtual studio tour. The images of the artwork must be professional quality. We reserve the right to reject images that are not high quality.

Work should be shot against a plain background. The images should reflect RGB color balance to accurately portray your work and should be clear and sharp.  Size each image 800 pixels tall and up to 1000 pixels wide. It works best if all your images are all the same pixel height.  Too small an image is as bad as too large an image. 

Please name the image files you send us:  Name the jpg files with your LastNameFirstName, underline, and a SHORT tag of the description or title of the piece: Example, NelsonJudy_Bowl1.jpg. Do not put spaces or punctuation in the file name; use upper and lower case.

Information

Contact information: Name, address, phone number, email address, and website address. Let the webmaster know if there is any of this information you DO NOT want listed on the site. If you sell your work, include information about where to find your work and how to arrange for a studio visit. If you are listing shops, galleries, etc., be sure to include the address for their website, but only if the website includes your information.

Description of each of photo

Make a list of the 8 files and then the caption information for each.  Caption information is limited to 200 characters per image and generally is of the format 

Title:  description, size, price (optional). 

The description can include the construction method, materials used, finishing method, firing method, inspiration.  The size should be shown as 00h x 00w x 00d inches; or 00h x 00dia inches.

    Artist's statement:  3-5 paragraphs describing your method of working, inspiration, or information to make you interesting to the viewers. The statement should be approximately 250 words in a narrative style.

    Categories or keywords:  Indicate 5-20 keywords that describe your work, the content, or yourself as an artist. Determine which keywords that would be used in a search to find your work, including your city, type of work, inspiration for the work, method of working, construction method, and working materials.  Select from the example keywords shown at the bottom of this page or make your own.  List these in your document for inclusion on your page and for search engine backdrop.    

    Page Description:  Now, construct a 300-350 word description for your page to show in search engines.  This is what shows when your page is brought up in a good search.  Below is an example.  Your description should be loaded with as many of the keywords that you identified in the previous paragraph as possible, but be complete, correct sentences.


    Send Your Information

    Send the images and information via email attachments to the NMPCA Studio Tour Webmaster, at webmaster@nmpotters.org.  Please note particularly if you are working on a Mac that all images must be sent as full-size (as prepared according to instructions above) attachments, not in-line in the message and not reduced size.  Information should be sent as a document or text attachment or in-line in the message.  If you have any questions about how to prepare or send the images, contact the webmaster via email for assistance at webmaster@nmpotters.org.

    Updates to Existing Page

    You may add/substitute images, change the artist statement or any other information as often as you need to. When doing updates, prepare and send via email as described in the previous paragraphs.

    Additional Information and Instructions

    The cost of having a page in the Studio Tour is $15/year.   Below we describe how to get signed up.  Once you are signed up, proceed to prepare your information and images, and send according to the instructions above.  Please realize that it is your responsibility to prepare and send your information.  We cannot provide any refunds for non-participation. 

    For Existing Members

    If you are already a studio tour level member, simply prepare your information and send as described above.

    If you are a regular or student member now and have already paid your dues for this year (within the last 11 months) as a regular or student member, change your membership level to "Add Studio Tour" by going to your profile when logged in to this website.  Pay the additional $15 through the online payment system on the site.  This payment will activate your studio tour membership through your next renewal date. 

    If you are within one month of annual renewal, simply change membership level to "Studio Tour"  or Student Studio Tour during the renewal process.

    For New Members 

    Simply join NMPCA at the Studio Tour level.  If you are a full-time student, you can join as a Student Studio Tour.

     

    Keyword examples for studio tour pages

    abstract, cone 10 oxidation, cone 10 reduction, contemporary, dinnerware, earthenware, earthy, effects, fantasy, figurative, functional, hand built, humorous, mid range, mixed media, multi fired, raku, sculptural, tile, wheel, wood fired, abstract sculpture, altered vessels, anagama, anasazi, animals, arita method, art deco, artisan jewelry, art nouveau, art tile, ash glaze, bas-relief tiles, bas relief birds, bosque, brushwork, bust carving, celadon, china paint, clock, coil, coil construction, colorful, cone 6, crystal glaze, decal, east mountains, elemental, emotive, encaustic, environmentally-influenced, expressive, fabric, face, fanciful, fiber, figure, fired, metal, folk tales, found objects, fume fired, funerary vessel, garden, glass, goddess, hand built, healing, horses, human form, installation, jack rabbit, japanese, japanese tea, jewelry, jungian, luster, majolica, mask, micaceous, mimbres, movement, mystical, mythology, nature, nature-inspired forms, organic, organic form, organic forms, oriental, owner enjoyment, oxidation fired, painting, paper clay, pattern, personality, pit fired, playful, porcelain, portrait, portraits, rabbit, real and imaginary, sake, shino glaze, sky, slab, slag, slip cast, slip transfer, smoke-fire, smoke fumed, soda-fired, spirit, spiritual, statuary, stoneware, story telling, teacher, textiles, texture, textured tile, tiles, transformation, underglazes, vessel, water, watercolor, whimsical, wine writer

    Cities and locations: Taos, Northern New Mexico, Abiquiu, Dixon, El Prado, El Rito, Questa, Ranchos de Taos, Rinconada, Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Galisteo, Lamy, Las Vegas, Espanola, Ohkay Owingeh, Pecos, Santa Fe, Cerrillos, Albuquerque, Cedar Crest, Albuquerque, Placitas, Sandia Park, Tijeras, Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces, Mountainair, University of New Mexico

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