Special Events

Potters' Guild Annual Holiday Sale

For 37 years, the Potters' Guild has hosted a Holiday Sale.  This year's show will feature handmade pottery-functional and decorative, textiles, jewelry, welded art and mosaics created by 20 artists.  Join us for the Friday Gala on November 17th from 2-6 pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Avenue.  Meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and see their exciting creations made for gifting or for personal use.  Los Colcheras Quilt Guild will also be selling chances for a beautiful handmade quilt with proceeds going to El Caldito.

The show continues on Saturday, November 18th from 9-4 pm.  Artists include Joe and Ann Angelo, Jan Archey, David Beattie, Maya Brewinton, Bernita Davis, Scott Goewey, Mary Ann Hendrickson, Georgia Jones, Mary Lou LaCasse, Rudy Lucero, Bonnie MacQuarrie, Corry McKissack, Jim Moore, John Northcutt, Kris Northcutt, Randy and Jeannine Summers, Cindy Waddell and Barbara Williams.

The artists look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Sale.  There is ample parking and it is handicap accessible.  For more details of featured artists, see the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces Facebook page.  We hope you will join us!



From the Ground Up XXVIII-Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition

The Potters' Guild is pleased to announce our juror, Steven Hill, has made his selections for the upcoming exhibition, opening August 4, 2017 during the Ramble at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, from 5-7 pm. 

The artists reception and awards presentation will be on Friday, August 11th, from 5-6:30 pm.  Join us for free panel discussions with exhibiting artists on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30-7 pm or Saturday, October 14 from 1:30-3 pm.

The August 9th panel consists of Deborah Moore, Barbara Williams, Glenn Schwaiger, Eileen Gorman, Dina Edens and Andrew Nagem.  The October 4th panel consists of Dave Beattie, Frank Willett, Luisa Baldinger, Martha Rodetti, Jessica Cunningham. 

Forty seven artists submitted work.  Forty one were accepted.  Eighty four pieces are in the show.

Jaquinto Beddo's piece is shown below.

Please go to the From the Ground Up page for more information and the complete prospectus on the Guild's next exhibiition.

First Annual Buy, Sell or Swap Art 

There will be a chance to sell your work or swap any extra art materials or supplies you have the weekend of February 25th.  The cost is only $15 to set up a table in the Spiritual Living Center on Saturday morning, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Everything you bring must be related to art.  The deadline to sign up with Mary Lou is February 10th. Paid members will have first priority. There is only room for 10 tables so contact her soon.

2016's Holiday Sale was a big success

The Potters' Guild is had its 36th annual Holiday Sale Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th with a gala opening at a NEW LOCATION; Peace Lutheran Church.  The opening was Friday, from 2-6 pm; the perfect time to stop on your way home from work, enjoy a snack and browse through the booths of over 20 talented artists.  Saturday hours were from 9 am until 4 pm.  

Peace Lutheran Church is located on the corner of Locust Street and Missouri Avenue.  There is free parking, it is handicap accessible and there is no entry fee to the show.  As usual, we offered festive holiday treats for you to enjoy while supporting your local artists.

There was functional pottery, sculpture and decor, mosaics, jewelry, pillowcases and other textiles for sale.  Lost Clocheras Quilt Guild had raffle tickets to win a beautiful handmade quilt with proceeds benefitting Empty Bowls and El Caldito Soup Kitchen.  Maya Brewington created the piece above.

Fire & Fiber 2016 

Fire & Fiber opened at the Branigan Cultural Center on June 3, 2016 and closed on July 2nd.  Nineteen members and their fiber partners participated this year.  Award winners were 1st place Mary Lou LaCasse and Deborah Moore for "Spring Forward", 2nd place Suzanne Kane and Milette Lamphere for "Center Ring" and 3rd place Scott and Susan Goewey for "Song of Creation and the Receiving of Names".  Jurors for this year were Sandra Jeffries and Brian Yancy.

The show opened at the Deming Art Center, 100 S. Gold Street in Deming, Sunday, July 6th and closed on November 30th.  There was an artist reception on Sunday, July 10th from 1-3 pm. Some of the Guild members were at the opening and posed for this picture (above).


Winners of the Jackie Zappa Award were Christina Campbell and Elizabeth Fisher (above), for their piece titled "The End of the Wasp Bite Saga--A True Statement".  The image below shows one of the display cases which includes the 1st place award winner on the right, "Spring Forward" by Mary Lou LaCasse and Deborah Moore.



The image below is a detail from Suzanne Kane and Milette Lamphere's other entry in the show. They took the 2nd place award with "Center Ring".  



Student Award Winners

The Potters' Guild has presented local students with cash awards since it started in the 80's.  The most recent winners from the NMSU Student Exhibiiton for 2016 are Jose Arenevar Gomez and Shelly White.  

Check out this wonderful show at Williams Hall on the NMSU campus.



Past Exhibitions

Fire & Fiber 2014  opened on July 4 at the Mas Art Frame and Art Store, downtown Main Street.  The show, which ran for entire month, was an exhibition of collaborative art created by a clay artist working with a fiber artist.  Fourteen members of the Potters' Guild participated and nineteen pieces were submitted. five pieces were sold!  Judges for the show included Joan Jensen, who has worked as a fiber artist for over 20 years, and Joy Miller, curator of the Museum of Art, who holds a Bachelor's of Art with an emphasis in ceramics. 

Awards were given as follows:  Best-of-Show was awarded to Andi Freespirit and Diedre Quillin for their piece titled "Once Upon a Time"; 2nd place went to Linda Reeder-Sanchez and Jeff Porter for "Ser Harina de Otra Costal" (pictured above);

3rd place was awarded to Joe Angelo and John Garrett for "Twist and Shout"(pictured above) and the 2014 Fire and Fiber Jackie Zappa Award went to Wendy Baldwin and Jan Thune for "Resilient Woman".   The People's Choice Award was also given to Wendy Baldwin and Jan Thune for "Resilient Woman".  


Previous Workshops

Marcia Selsor conducted a weekend workshop on September 13-15, 2015.  To see some images from the workshop go to the From the Ground Up page and scroll down.

Suzanne Kane conducted a workshop on April 2, 2011.


Past Exhibitions-Dia de los Muertos

To see images and information from previous Day of the Dead Shows, please click here.

Past Exhibitions-Fire & Fiber


Renaissance Art Faire

Potters' Guild members donate our time and talents making ceramic medallions as prizes for our annual fundraiser for the Guild.  "Ye Olde Dragon Toss" is our booth located in the Children's Realm at the Dona Ana Arts Council's Renaissance Art Faire held the first weekend in November.  We use some of the money we raise to support local art students at their annual shows at both New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso by awarding cash prizes for outstanding work.

 Potters' Guild Dragon at Ren Faire