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    • 22 Mar 2017
    • (MDT)
    • 01 Aug 2017
    • (MDT)
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop

    Apply by August 1, 2017.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.

    Workshop is September 8 to 10, 2017. We will notify recipient by August 10, 2017.

    We are proud to offer, a scholarship for one participant at our annual Ghost Ranch workshop.  The workshop presenter this year is well-known artist Lauren Karle.  Here is more information about the workshop.

    This scholarship is intended to assist a clay artist who is unable, for financial reasons, to attend the workshop, but who would benefit from the program.  Preference will be given to students. 

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Friday, September 8 at 1:00 pm to Sunday, September 10 at 3:00 pm.  The scholarship will include full registration and meals and room accommodations at the Ranch.  If transportation is needed within New Mexico, members who are attending the workshop from various locations around the state can provide a ride.

    Apply through this website through August 1, 2017 by filling in this event registration.  A committee of the NMPCA board will review all applications and select the recipient and two alternates.  Notification of the committee's selection will be sent by August 10. 

    If you have any questions, please call Judy Nelson-Moore, (505)466-3070 or send an email to jnm@nmpotters.org. 
    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch Pinon

    The annual meeting is our one chance a year to all get together in the same place. It’s our chance to laud our clay community and enjoy being all together. There are so many wonderful people in this group and this is our opportunity to put faces to names and possibly meet some new people.

    This year has another special feature too. We are holding the annual meeting at the Ghost Ranch. In 2015, we lost our beloved Pot Hollow to a flood. We have now carved ourselves a new spot. Although it’s not completely new we’ve made some additions and the Ranch has added to the facilities as well. We are excited about all the new memories we plan to create in the space. Plus, it will be great fun to show what your donations have brought to the place. We have our feet under us again so that we can continue to offer the workshops that we all love at Ghost Ranch.

    Please note we are continuing the tradition of having a pot luck for the annual so bring a dish to share. We will provide drinks and paper goods.

    The annual meeting is also where we vote to add board members. It marks the time when those who have served the full amount of time as per the bylaws go off the board. We want to thank Phil Green and Karin for their 6 consecutive years of service. Another board member Michael has received an exciting appointment to a residency in Japan and will be resigning. Our board is not complete filled out so with those vacancies and the 3 mentioned there will be at least 6 positions we can fill.  We will be putting forth some names to be considered but there can always be nominations from the floor if anyone would like to throw their hat in the ring as well.

    Arrive a bit early at 12:30 PM to enjoy some social time and we’ll get started with the meeting at 1:00 PM and the meeting will last until 3:00 PM. This will give us a little time to cleanup then we all head down the road a bit and make it to the Opening Reception for the Celebration of Clay, “Light and Shadow,” at the Abiquiu Inn. The reception will run from 4-6:00 PM in the Galleria Arriba at the Abiquiu Inn.

    Can’t wait to see all of you!

    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 21

    Jerry Bennett
    Handbuilding with Paper Clay

    August 21-26, 2017
    Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

    Register by July 20, 2017, but limited spaces available, so register as early as you can.

    sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists

    Registration Costs:

    NMPCA Member – $600.00 This registration type includes a $25 discount.

    Regular – $625.00Non-NMPCA members registrations. Get a $25 discount. Join NMPCA for $25/year or $10 as a student and get the discounted registration. Click "join" above, complete the member form, and pay for your membership. Then, return here and register as a member. If already an NMPCA member, log in at the upper right to activate member registration.

    Meal package for 5 days: $168 

    Rooms at Ghost Ranch range from $450 to $750, less for camping.  

    Jerry Bennett, a leading international paper clay artist, conducts a hands-on workshop providing opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to functional pottery and sculptural forms using paper clay.

    Jerry guides artists of all experience levels through how to make paper clay and bonding slips for hand-built forms. In this five-day workshop, expand your understanding of this unique material to make both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Gain valuable insight as Jerry shares practical, problem-solving advice related to your studio work.  With paper clay, you can break the rules and discover new and exciting ways of working. 

    This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Ghost Ranch and learn about paper clay from an expert.  


    We will be working with cone 6 porcelain so please bring to the workshop hand building tools + small pair of scissors and a clean canvas to work on.  Participants in the hands-on workshop will receive clay materials and handouts that will provide valuable information about paper clay, glaze formulas, supplier information. 

    Five Day Workshop includes:

    Individual and Group Instructor Demonstrations
    Slide Presentations
    Individual Instructor Classes
    Group Instructor Critique
    At least one bisque and glaze firing


    About Jerry Bennett:

    Jerry Bennett is currently an active studio artist in the Philadelphia area and runs the Two Rivers Studio. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at Holy Family University in Philadelphia for many years. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975 and has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the USA and recently was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet Hungary. For additional information please visit www.jerrybennett.net


    For additional information about Ghost Ranch accommodations and meal service, what to expect at the ranch, as well as information about alternatives to staying on the Ranch, please visit our Ghost Ranch information page.

    Here is a pdf with workshop information and mail-in registration form.

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    • 17

    Lauren Karle
    Sewing Clay
    Slip Transferred Patterns on Slab-built Pots

    sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA)

    a 2-day workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    September 8-10, 2017

    Register by August 7, 2017

    Lauren Karle leads a hand-on workshop exploring pattern transferred to slabs, and then shows us all her tricks to make wonderful functional hand-build pottery. 

    Lauren explains, “Pattern can reference culture; it can imply time and place. In this workshop, we will slip transfer meaningful patterns onto slabs of clay. By experimenting with layers of prints, texture, painting, resist, slip trailing, and more our surfaces will be visually interesting and embedded with significance. Using our decorated slabs, we will hand build pots by darting and seaming. Lectures about pattern and form development will allow each participant to expand their ideas. We will discuss how pattern and color can be used to enhance volume, merging surface and form.” 

    Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to try Lauren's techniques themselves.  

    Learn more about Lauren, her community projects and her ceramic works at www.laurenkarle.com .  

    Accommodations and meals are handled slightly differently at Ghost Ranch this year, to see this page of our website for an explanation of accommodations, meal service, and what to expect, plus alternatives to staying on the ranch.

    Here are more pictures of Lauren's work:  

    Here is a link to a pdf with information about the workshop and a mail-in registration form.

Award Winning Ceramic Art: 2016 Celebration of Clay

Below are the winners of the 2016 Celebration of Clay Juried Awards.  For more information, see the Celebration of Clay website

Best of Show
Joe Bova
Mad Mopsey
Beauty-Quality-Functionality Award
Randy Summers 
  Domestication of the Gila Gray Wolves
Award of Merit
Sheri Kotowski
Meeting at the Edge
Award of Merit
Douglas Peck
I am Batmouse
Award of Merit
Sheri Kotowski
Mending Broken Dreams

People's Choice Award
Judy Nelson-Moore
Struggle and Release

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