Celebration of Clay – Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition

Taos COC Show Review by Best of Show Artist

by Jacquita Beddo

Celebration of Clay just seems to get better and better each year!  Contemporary Ceramics:  Informed by Tradition opened May 1 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 5.  This year it is an art walk, meaning the show is housed in four galleries on Kit Carson Road in Taos.  The four participating galleries are Copper Moon Gallery, DAFA (David Anthony Fine Arts), Total Arts Gallery, and Wilder/Nightingale Fine Art.

Seri Kotowski, a NMPCA board member, headed up the show committee.  Lee Akins and Sheena Cameron rounded out the rest of the committee.  These shows take a tremendous amount of work, and we thank the galleries, the show committee, and the volunteers who put together such a beautiful exhibition of NMPCA ceramic art.  The show was the brainchild of Diana Miller from Copper Moon Gallery.  Diana modeled it after other shows the same galleries had done together in the past.  Diana also arranged the article in Taos Magazine, a nice boost for NMPCA.  As far as the galleries go, we specifically thank Diana Miller for all she has done along with the other three galleries owners, Emily Wilde of Total Arts Gallery, Rob Wilder of Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, and David Mapes of DAFA (David Anthony Fine Arts).  Please take a moment to say thank you in person to these gallery owners when you go to Lee Akins slide lecture on May 19 at 4 p.m. at the Kit Carson Museum or the Memorial Day weekend Closing Reception on May 26 from 4 – 6 p.m.

The galleries are simply wonderful, each having its own flavor and feel.  I hadn’t been to Taos to peruse galleries in years, but this was such a wonderful experience, I think I’ll have to make it a habit.  There is nothing unapproachable about any of these galleries.  They also gave our show premium spots in their galleries, so the display of our pieces was delightful.  

Many members came out for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony.   We were spread throughout the galleries, so it took a bit to get us together for the presentation.  I was beyond delighted to receive Best of Show for my piece “Down the Rabbit Hole” http://celebrationofclay.com/jacquita-beddo-1/.  The three Awards of Merit went to Sheryl Zacharia for “Blue Belly Coil Pot,” http://celebrationofclay.com/sheryl-zacharia/, Andrea Pichaida for “Flor Nido” http://celebrationofclay.com/andrea-pichaida-2/, and Jan Dorris for “Black Matter” http://celebrationofclay.com/jan-dorris/.  Sandra Harrington received the Arita Porcelain Award for Beauty, Quality, and Functionality for her piece “Meadow” http://celebrationofclay.com/sandra-harrington-2/.

If you didn’t make to the Opening Reception, there is still time to see the show in person as the exhibition runs until May 31.  There is a Closing Reception over Memorial Day weekend on May 26 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Of interest is the upcoming Slide Presentation to be given by Lee Akins at the Kit Carson House and Museum, 113 Kit Carson Rd, in Taos on May 19 at 4 p.m.  He’ll be discussing how contemporary ceramics are influenced by thousands of years of tradition.  There is, of course, one more way to participate – you can see the show online at http://celebrationofclay.com/exhibitions/2018-celebration-of-clay/ and, while you’re there, cast your vote for People’s Choice.

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