Special Events 


Open House Studio


Margarita Paz-Pedro will host an open house on Saturday, July 15th at the Frank Papen Clay Center, 304 Bell Avenue from 11-12:30 to discuss her summer mural project.  Check it out!


From the NMPCA newsletter...

Apprenticeships for Leaders in the Mosaic Arts – ALMA is an organization based in Albuquerque. ALMA is a creative community of mosaic artists who have produced many murals throughout Albuquerque utilizing hand made clay tiles. Their goal is to empower artists of all ages to create high quality art through an apprenticeship model that develops leaders in an inclusive way. They have wanted to develop projects outside of Albuquerque and this public mural is in collaboration with the City of Las Cruces Mural Arts Program. The youth that will participate in the summer project are between 15 and 19 years old and the lead artist is Margarita Paz-Pedro. The total budget for this mural is between $5,000-$10,000 and the request from the NMPCA was for $500 to augment those funds.


From the Ground Up XXVIII


The Potters' Guild is pleased to announce our juror, Steven Hill, has made his selections for the upcoming exhibition, opening August 4, 2017.  Forty seven artists submitted work.  Forty one were accepted.  Eighty four pieces are in the show. Glenn Schwaiger's entry titled "Hundred Flowers" 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