Celebration of Clay – A Great Tradition

Not too many years after I moved to New Mexico, I became aware of the great quality of the Celebration of Clay shows put on by the NMPCA.

See some pictures from the 2002 show here.  And the 2003 show at the Harwood Art Center here.  The review of that show by member Betsy Williams cited the “stunning” quality of work.

These shows are not juried…or are what I call “self-juried”…and yet have consistently shown excellent quality work, exhibiting a variety of approaches to creating with clay.    While it is not easy to find a venue for a self-juried show, while I have been on the board (off and on for the last 9 years), I have supported the decision to keep the Celebration of Clay as a non-juried tradition.  The self-jurying has arguably resulted in great quality shows and retains a spirit of mutual support and cooperation instead of competition.  The Celebration of Clay show has provided an opportunity for the public to see something of what ceramic art is about within the state of New Mexico and our region.

The reason the quality of work at the Celebration of Clay is high is entirely due to the members meeting or exceeding their own standards from year to year.

Now, in 2012, the Celebration of Clay will be held at the Ghost Ranch Museum, on the grounds of the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  We are happy to have a location in Northern New Mexico to display our work to, and look forward to having the members of the International Academy of Ceramics view the work when they visit Ghost Ranch.  This show will be held in September, 2012.

Members:  continue the tradition!
Pick your very best work and register for the 2012 show.

View detailed call for Entries.

Members:  Select your best work and register before July 31.

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