By Marilu Tejero
It was 1999 while living in Melbourne, Australia, that I discovered in an artists webpage, Juanita Wolf from Corrales NM, and her amazing work. We started a correspondence. She had a daughter in Sydney and I was fascinated with New Mexico. I decided to attend Surrounding 2000 in Denver and being so close I wished to visit potters in NM and hopefully share work in a studio. She suggested to write a note asking to exchange lodge for pottery work and she would submit to the NM potters newsletter (The Slip Trail…a paper publication at the time!).
The Slip Trail published it and I received an invitation from Michael Hamlyn in Taos, to stay in his place and work. It was a remarkable time I spent in Taos. I absolutely loved it. We worked together and I fell in love with NM. I was truly “encantada” by this land. I met some potters: Kerry Lynn Cohen who was always so sweet and helpful and did some firings for me. She and Juanita will always have a special place in my life.
Visiting Santa Fe was another discovery. I wanted to belong to that community and I moved. Having my name in a waiting list at Santa Fe Clay, helped to get me a place as soon as I arrived. I loved having a studio there and meeting the potters community.
Making friends with potters has helped to make my life very special.
When I first saw the north, I thought this is where I want to live. Eleven years later, I’m still in NM. In Albuquerque where my life has taken a permanent change. I teach pottery, I make and sell my clay work. Always surrounded by wonderful people, mainly ceramic artists like Penne Roberts, I feel I’m blessed.
Thanks to Juanita Wolf and to The Slip Trail my life has changed forever.
At left is Marilu’s Blue Water Pimachi Bowl, winner of 2014 Award of Merit at NMPCA Celebration of Clay.
Juanita Wolff and Kerry Lynn Cohen are former members of the NMPCA. Penne Roberts is a lifetime member in honor of her many contributions to the organization.