Celebration of Clay “Light & Shadow” Show

Abiquiu Inn and NMPCA Present
Celebration of Clay:  Light and Shadow

by Phil Green

Opening Reception

The 2017 Celebration of Clay exhibit held it’s opening reception Saturday, July 1, at the beautiful Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  This exhibition is sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Ceramic Artists organization to promote ceramics as art and to provide visibility for the art done by its members.  The exhibition is held annually at various locations around the state.  The exhibit area for the 2017 show is Galeria Arriba which is a beautiful gallery space upstairs at the Abiquiu Inn.  The show extends through August 25 and can be viewed daily at the Abiquiu Inn.

The opening reception was a well-attended festive gathering.  The theme of the show is “Light and Shadow. ”  Over sixty pieces are displayed.  Thumbnail images of each of the artist’s submissions can be viewed at the website below.  You are encouraged to click on the small prints to see full images and participate in the “People’s Choice” award.  The voting procedure is described at the website.


The broad scope of the work includes pieces that could be classified as sculptural, figurative, functional, and abstract. vResponses of those attending the opening included words like moving, inspiring, and beautiful. You will see amazing creativity and craftsmanship in work that has been high-fired, low-fired, wood-fired, and raku-fired.

Several awards were given. The awards were judged by three ceramics professionals from New Mexico.v They were Kathy Cyman, Djann Hoffman, and Debra Fritts. The winners of the awards are the following six pieces:

The show’s theme, “Light and Shadow,” was broadly interpreted in over 60 sculptural and functional pieces, with various firing methods including high-, low-, wood- and raku-fired.  Images of each piece can be viewed on the show’s website, www.celebrationofclay.com, where the public is encouraged to participate in the “People’s Choice” award.  Because the Abiquiu Inn is a bit remote to the large cities in our state, there will be a  second reception Friday, August 4, from 4 – 6 p.m., and the show can be viewed daily through August 25.

You are strongly encouraged to drop in to the Abiquiu Inn and see this remarkable display of ceramics done by New Mexico artists.  Most of the pieces are also for sale.


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