On Sunday, Jan. 15 we gathered for our first local Albuquerque meeting. Twenty artists attended including our guest presenter, Kathy Cyman as well a few people who were not members of NMPCA. We began our meeting with refreshments and socializing. People brought photos of their work that were collected as they arrived, then we each selected a photo and tried to match the photo with the artist. It was a really great way to get people up out of their seats to mingle and get to know each other. We gave away some fun door prizes too. Kathy Cyman gave a wonderful presentation about her work in Arita porcelain and her travels to Japan. She brought some beautiful examples and let us actually feel the pure, wonderful porcelain clay. A couple of the guests expressed an interest in joining NMPCA. All in all it was a teriffic day. I heard several people ask when we would be having the next one. I would encourage members from other parts of the State to organize a meeting in your area. It’s a great way to connect with other local artists. I learned so much and enjoyed my time with people who share a love for clay.