Category Archives: Education

Armstrong Grant 2017

The NMPCA sponsors a grant, providing money for projects in education about the ceramic arts.  Over the years, many different communities have benefited from this grant and the work and expertise of the people who apply for the grant projects.  Read about these projects on the NMPCA Website.  Above is a picture of the students at Dixon Elementary studying clay from the 2015 grant.  And here’s a previous article about 2016 grants.

Armstrong GrantThe deadline to apply for the 2017  grant is March 15, 2017. 

 

Funds may be used for equipment, supplies, workshop instructors and special programs or projects that provide education in the ceramic arts. The annual award is a maximum of $1000. Proposals for lesser amounts would also be welcome for consideration. Grants from previous years have been awarded to schools, after-school programs, community projects, programs for those with special needs, etc. Organizations must be designated 501(c)3 and may not apply 2 years in a row.

The application process is simple and should not dissuade anyone from applying for the grant. A simple outline is described on our website www.nmpotters.org. Just click on “Programs/Grant” for the information. Clear directions are provided. The monies will be made available by June 30th after the applications are researched and the Board makes the final decision on the recipient. Site visits are made whenever possible as part of this process.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might benefit from this offering. Although this is not a large sum of money, it has surely provided a welcome help to many programs and projects over the years. 

Questions can be directed to Daisy Kates at grant12@nmpotters.org.  

Christine Golden Was “Golden”

I have been trying to figure out “the Figure” for the last 3 years. It was mine and my husband’s plan that once our son had finished his bachelor’s I would be free to go back to school. The realization dawned that it would be extremely difficult to “go to” graduate school. We live in Abiquiu, New Mexico and are quite planted there, with both obligations and a passion for the place. Going “off” to school wasn’t as feasible as it once was. The solutions for me were workshops. This year alone I’ve been to 5 workshops and I’m not through yet.

August 15-19, 2016 – I went to a wonderful workshop at Santa Fe Clay, which wasn’t even a long arduous drive from home to attend. Christine Golden taught her method of building the figure in “Beyond the Figure”.  Christine Golden is a figurative ceramic sculptor whose work is extraordinary. She has been working with clay since she was 15 years old, and has around 20 years’ experience in the media.

Christine Golden

Christine Golden was in some ways the most valuable workshop I’ve attended yet. She builds the figure from slabs, a technique that I love. I already build hollow for the most part any way, but this method provided me with so much more exact control of anatomically correct forms. I was and am truly amazed at the precision that can be attained through working with slabs. I have been to several workshops that address the face, some that discussed the shoulders, but this one went beyond to encompass the torso, arms and hands.

Now I know there are some out there that would say to me that each time I’ve gone to another of my heroes’ workshop I say “this was the best one yet” and I have to confess that is true. There is an element of catching more and more each time as each teacher has a different approach so that hearing some things from a different perspective can help to truly clarify them in your mind. With that said though, Christine Golden was “golden”. She is such a gracious and giving teacher with an unending amount of energy and focus. Her preciseness in building the figure reminded me of Tip Tolland. Many of the measurements, average head heights and anatomical references, I had heard Tip Tolland discuss. At the week’s end, references to emotional expression in the face reminded me of Tip also.

Christine Golden Santa Fe Clay August 15-19, 2016

Christine Golden’s approach to the face was similar to Debra Fritts, although not exactly the same. Christine relies on a tape measure and Debra presents her information based on traditional drawing and painting proportions of the face. Debra often uses the idea of drawing with clay to reinforce those concepts.

Golden’s building for the torso and arms can be compared Lisa Clague’s method, although each have their own unique approach. Christine also gave specific measurements to keep the figure on track and anatomically speaking. Golden once again always reckoned back to specific measurements to retain correct proportions. I really appreciate adding that tool, which lends a more precise way to build, to my tool box. All and all I feel like I have gained years of experience in just five days.

Christine Golden Santa Fe Clay August 15-19, 2016
Jacquita Beddo at Christine Golden Workshop Santa Fe Clay

Another windfall from this workshop was meeting and getting to know Lauren Karle. She was Christine’s assistant for the workshop. She, of course, is also a member of NMPCA and will teach a segment at the upcoming New Mexico Connections workshop at Ghost Ranch September 9-11, 2016. Lauren will be presentingSewing Clay:  Darting Slip-transferred Slabs.” The workshop is sold out but there is a waiting list. I hope you don’t miss this opportunity to get to know another extraordinary member of the NMPCA.

CNM Ceramics Studio Rocks

CNM Ceramics Studio The Ceramic Department at Central New Mexico Community College is the best-kept secret you need to know about! CNM has courses in Ceramics I & II which run 15 weeks in Fall/Spring terms, and 12 weeks in the Summer term, with a range of short-term, night, weekend, and one-day-a-week classes as well. Each 3-credit course runs $51 per credit hour (ONLY $5 per credit hour if you’re 62 or older!). That’s over 80 HOURS of art for about $200 (including registration/fees).

Ceramic courses are offered at the Westside Campus (located about 10 minutes west of Cottonwood Mall). This facility is just 3 years old, sparsely populated, and parking at this beautiful, quiet campus is free and always available. The Ceramics Lab (with adjoining Art Lab) features a glaze room, spray booth, 15 Shimpo VL Whisper wheels, Geil, Electric, and Raku kilns, and a Full-Time Ceramics Technician.

The Fall 2016 term begins Aug 29 and registration is now open. Please go to www.cnm.edu for more information. You can also connect on Facebook at “CNM Ceramics Page”.   Please tell a friend about this great resource for New Mexico artists!

CNM Ceramics Studio

Fine Arts and Ceramics at CNM

The Department of Art and Art History at CNM is the best-kept secret you need to know about! CNM Has courses in Ceramics I & II, Jewelry and Small Metals, 2D and 3D Design, Printmaking, Painting and Drawing, Art Career Concerns, Advanced Portfolio Development, Art History, and more! Courses run 15 weeks in Fall/Spring terms, and 12 weeks in the Summer term, with a range of short-term, night, weekend, and one-day-a-week classes as well. Each 3-credit course runs $51 per credit hour (ONLY $5 per credit hour if you’re 62 or older!). That’s over 80 HOURS of art for about $200 (including registration/fees).

CNM offers Associate’s Degrees in Fine Arts Studio and Art History, and a brand-new Bench Jewelry Certificate as well. . Faculty at CNM are all MFA’s, working as professional artists, and have years of teaching experience. Art Studio courses are offered at 3 Albuquerque campuses: Main Campus (near University and Coal) Montoya Campus (near Montgomery and Morris), and Westside Campus (located about 10 minutes west of Cottonwood Mall). The Ceramics facility (at the CNM Westside Campus) is just 3 years old, and parking at this beautiful, quiet campus is free and always available. The Ceramics Lab (with adjoining Art Lab) features a glaze room, spray booth, 15 Shimpo VL Whisper wheels, Geil, Electric, and Raku kilns, and a Full-Time Ceramics Technician.

CNM offers a vast range of resources and opportunities to support students of all ages and walks of life in succeeding in their educational progress, whether they are seeking a degree or simply enriching their lives through the variety of affordable courses available at CNM. The Fall 2016 term begins Aug 29 and registration is now open. Please go to www.cnm.edu for more information. You can also connect on Facebook at “CNM Ceramics Page” and “CNM Art Department”. And please tell a friend about this great resource for New Mexico artists!