“Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show

“Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show

by Kim Louise Glidden

Jurors Kim Eichhorst, PhD and Camilla Trujillo


Leonard Baca and Sara D'Alessandro
Leonard Baca and Sara D’Alessandro

Unique to New Mexico is the “bosque” (Spanish for woodland), the focus for New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists first juried show since the 1990’s.  Hosted in the beautifully spacious gallery at Albuquerque’s  Open Space Visitor Center, “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque” opened on July 7, 2018.  From over 100 entries, 56 pieces were selected by jurors Virgil Ortiz of Cochiti Pueblo, Camilla Trujillo of Espanola, and Kim Eichhorst, PhD, of Albuquerque, who brought distinct Pueblo and Hispanic art and cultural perspectives and bosque ecosystem expertise to the jurying process.                                    


Best in Show was awarded to Cirrelda Snider for “Muskrat Faster Than Me” and Awards of Merit went to Elaine Biery for “Bosque on the Rio,” Alma Quillian for “Sandhill Crane Platter,” and Kim Louise Glidden for “Silvery Minnow Bowl.”  Of special note is Best in Reception Appetizer Award going to Leonard Baca for his special recipe Shrimp Cocktail!  All show pieces are viewable on the Show Catalog

Andrea Pichaida


“Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque” runs through September 30, along with an ongoing Art Garden Sculpture public art project kicked-off at the Open Space Visitor Center for its Pollination Celebration.  Artist Demonstrations will be presented from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on July 21 featuring hand-building by Andrea Pichaida and wheel-throwing by Kim Louise Glidden and on August 18 featuring wheel-throwing by Leonard Baca. More information about demonstrating artists available on NMPCA’sClay Studio Tour.

Judy Nelson-Moore
Judy Nelson-Moore
Best of Show Cirrelda Snider “Muskrat Faster Than Me”
Elaine Biery “Bosque on the Rio,”
Alma Quillian “Sandhill Crane Platter”
Kim Louise Glidden “Silvery Minnow Bowl
Dinner after the Opening Reception


3 Replies to ““Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show”

  1. Cirrelda Snider-Bryan

    I am so honored to have been chosen by jurors for Best of Show. As fellow potters know, I have been entering tiles for many years – tiles are my passion. Also, my passion is environmental education, and I interpret bosque ecosystem at my job at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science. My first time to ever win award, I take this honor to reflect my long-time practices.
    I was under the impression, however, that it was for all 3 tiles together – this is what was conveyed to me by the jurors that day as I spoke with them. Best of Show would go to all 3 of my tiles together – Beaver Whacks at Dusk, Vultures’ Spring Return, Muskrat Faster Than Me.

    • jnelsonmoore


      All three tiles together was my understanding as well at the opening, but when Leonard/Kim communicated to me about what to put on the website, they said just the one tile. I will try to get that modified the next time I update the website.

      Judy Nelson-Moore

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