CELEBRATION OF CLAY 2018: Contemporary Ceramics – Informed by Tradition
by Lee Akins, Seri Kotowski, and Sheena Cameron
New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists’ annual open membership exhibit will be May 1 through 31, 2018, in Taos, New Mexico. Celebration of Clay helps meet our organizational goal of promoting ceramic arts and provides visibility for work done by members. This is a unique chance to participate in a multi-venue exhibit in the northern region of our state. The exhibit is limited to NMPCA members, so this is a great time to join! Go to nmpca.com for more information and to join.
This year’s theme is Contemporary Ceramics – Informed by Tradition. Celebration of Clay has been held at a variety of locations, most recently Sixty Six Gallery in Albuquerque and Galleria Arriba at Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu. Photos from past exhibits can be seen at celebrationofclay.com. Four galleries along historic Kit Carson Road will be hosting this year’s exhibit: Copper Moon Gallery owned by Diana Miller, David Anthony Fine Art (DAFA) owned by David Mapes, Total Arts Gallery owned by Emily Wilde, and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art owned by Rob Wilder. The owners of these established galleries will serve as jurors for Best of Show, three Merit, Special, and Beauty-Quality-Functionality Awards. People’s Choice Award is voted on directly by viewers.
It will be a fun opening strolling along Kit Carson Road viewing our members’ works in four beautiful galleries – our own walking tour while treading in the footprints of past artists. Kit Carson Road’s history includes roots as a Taos art colony – Taos Society of Artists was founded in 1915. Originally a dirt road for walkers, horses, and horse drawn wagons, it retains a pedestrian-friendly feeling – especially with the old wooden boardwalk running from Copper Moon Gallery to Kit Carson Museum.
Creating in clay has a long, rich history of over 10,000 years that spans continents and cultures. As clay artists, we are influenced by this age-old human tradition simply by the feel of the clay in our hands. This show seeks to highlight the many ways we are inspired by the past and marry ancient aesthetics with not only with twenty-first century technology but contemporary vision. Included in this year’s exhibit will be a lecture/slide presentation by Lee Akins, head of the Ceramics Department at University of New Mexico in Taos, on the theme Contemporary Clay – Informed by Tradition. Lee will show images of current ceramic work and discuss relationship to historical work. The presentation will be held at Kit Carson Museum, is free, and open to the public.
Please consider submitting your best work and making this a fabulous exhibit! This exhibit’s Call for Entry is “self-juried” and open to all NMPCA members. Watch for more details in NMPCA’s eNews when the Call for Entry will be announced on January 15.