Meet the Members – Kim Louise Glidden


by Kim Louise Glidden

As Editor of The Slip Trail, I will be writing a series of “Meet the Members” articles focused on the committee members for this year’s two NMPCA shows:  Lee Akins, Sheena Cameron, and Sheri “Seri” Kotowski for Celebration of Clay’s Contemporary Ceramics:  Informed by Tradition, and Leonard Baca, Ericka Norris, and myself for Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque.  While awaiting information to get this series going, I will begin by telling you about myself.

A year ago, I moved to Chimayo, New Mexico, after closing my Colorado gallery in business for 11 years representing over 50 artists and am now enjoying more time working in a sunny home studio and getting to know the clay community in New Mexico.  Last May, I joined NMPCA and participated in the volunteer weekend at Ghost Ranch and Celebration of Clay and became a board member at the annual meeting presently serving as Secretary and Editor of The Slip Trail.

Twenty-five years after high school ceramics, I had the opportunity following a career as a paralegal, victim advocate, and director of a child advocacy center to return to my love of working in clay.  The kitchen became studio space where I relearned wheel-throwing, and I apprenticed with two master potters.  In spite of being self-taught (aka no BFA and MFA), I have 12 years experience teaching wheel-throwing and hand-building, have presented raku and figurative sculpture workshops, and thrown production work for established potters.  Over the years, I have taken a Ceramics History course and attended six NCECA Conferences and numerous artist demo and hands-on workshops, including Don Reitz, Tip Toland, Beth Cavener Stickter, Steven Young Lee, Blair Meerfeld, Sarah Jaeger, and Bill van Gilder.  Participating in hands-on workshops with Cristina Cordova, Lisa Clague, Kelly Garrett Rathbone, and Debra Fritts have made it possible for me to meet and continue friendships with participants living in the United States and Canada interested in figurative sculpture.

My work has been juried into regional and national shows, including twice in California’s Feats of Clay show juried by Tip Toland and Bill van Gilder, and Baltimore Clayworks’ show Artifacts from the Inferno Fire juried by Jack Troy.   Having artists whose work I admire jury my work into shows is a little bit of wonderful “luck” and treasured validation!  Along with NMPCA’s Studio Tour, more about me and my work can be found at

Each committee member for Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque selected a juror.  I was very excited when Virgil Ortiz, an internationally-recognized clay artist who lives here in New Mexico at Cochiti Pueblo, accepted my request.  I have met Virgil several times attending his shows and at an NCECA Conference when he was a Periscope Panel participant and find him to be quite humble about his acclaim and interested in contemporary ceramics.   I encourage members to apply to this “open” Call for Entry and look forward to meeting more of you at opening receptions for both upcoming NMPCA shows!

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