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In 2006, I moved to Taos, New Mexico from Colorado to help create a ceramics community. This included a summer workshop program, two residencies, ongoing classes and variety of firing possibilities. in 2014 I handed over Taos Clay and I am currently pursuing making full time. Taos Clay helped me draw in ceramic artists from all over the world and has been the majority of my education and background in ceramics. It takes a community to fire many of the kilns we have built around Taos and Taos Clay has been a vital part of keeping the ceramics community aware of the trends of contemporary ceramics. I have a gallery in downtown Taos where i show the majority of my work. I also host workshops in Taos and around the country as well as showcase my work in hotels, galleries, boutiques through out the United States, The intention of my website is to not only create an avenue to sell work directly to my collectors but also share my story of creating a life as an artist, father and avid outdoorsman in rural New Mexico. Please visit my daily photo blog or if you have the opportunity, come visit me in my gallery and studio in Taos, New Mexico. Ceramics is a medium that requires patience and experience. In no other craft is the artists up against so many variables. The clay and the firing process are constantly educating and opening up new challenges. Working in clay has been a meditative, grounding journey. It is humbling yet, rewarding. You are an alchemist trying to recreate and refine the elements into something functional and inspiring.
Member since 2006
Bob Eckert, the arts editor of the Rio Grande Sun, has written a great article about the 2014 Celebration of Clay exhibition. The article appeared in this weekly Espanola newspaper on July 24, 2014. Our annual exhibition of member work is showing at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico from July 1 to July 31, 2014. Details available on the Celebration of Clay website. Bob’s article contains a resounding positive recommendation for the show:
Although there were a limited number of awards, the “Water for Life” show is a full-bodies exhibit that features work from a number of really talented artists. … This is a very worthwhile show to attend that won’t be up much longer, so no procrastinating on your part.
Since moving from London to the U.S. in 1986, Elizabeth Rose has worked as a professional sculptor, showing in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. Recognized for her innovative works in ceramic, bronze and steel, her sculptures have been featured in the San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Chronicle, the Albuquerque Journal, the Sunset Western Garden Book and are on public display in the City Santa Fe. Her earlier works were brightly colored cut and folded steel figures, often with a kinetic element. Since 1995, Elizabeth has worked in ceramic and bronze, creating large and small-scale figures, vessels, wall-reliefs and abstract works. Presently she is developing smaller, touchable ceramic pieces reminiscent of archeological findings.
Elizabeth Rose has shown in museums and is in private and corporate collections. She was born in India and lives and works in Galisteo, near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Member since 2000
I’ll be showing at the Galisteo Studio Tour
Oct. 19th w/c. Otherwise Lumina North in Taos have my work…only open
weekends. I was one of four artists featured in the CD/film “SPIRIT OF
Originally from Houston, Texas, I now live in Santa Fe. After the Air Force (1960-1964), I attended the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969).
My work in ceramics, using animal imagery, was first inspired by the realities of hunting and fishing, and later by their power as symbols, surrogates and totems.
My first teaching position was at Nichols State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana. I taught at and contributed significantly to the programs of Louisiana State University in the 70s and 80s and Ohio University beginning in 1990. My later work continues an underlying eroticism inspired by Moche pottery in addition to an increased sense of socio-political content.
My work can be found in the collections of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC (two works); and the San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX.
I am a past president and a Fellow of NCECA, and I was awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Other awards include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship, 1980, an SAF/NEA Fellowship, 1985, several university sabbatical awards, and a fellowship to the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary, 2004. The International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, elected me a member in 2005.
I have been awarded a Fulbright to Ireland for 2011. I was at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for 3 months. Work on this page comes from that the period in Ireland.
A decades-long association with Penland includes a term as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Visiting artist appointments have included the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Haystack School in Maine, Penland School in North Carolina, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.
My work and teaching has led to extensive travels through Latin America, Europe and China. In 2008 I returned to the ICS in Hungary and again in 2010.
Member since 2008
Visit his website and see more of Joe’s work! http://joebova.com
JoAnne DeKeuster grew up near the small town of Waumandee, Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Studying at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff she received a Masters degree in fibers/ceramics. Coursework there included travel and study in Japan. After completion of her masters degree at Northern AZ University, Jo and her husband continued to spend summers in Flagstaff. They began working for the University as kiln assistants and eventually each taught the summer Noborigama Wood Fire class. In 1997 the couple bought property in Taos Canyon and began building their home, studio, and kiln area. In 2003 they moved to New Mexico full time.
“Although I was introduced to clay as an undergraduate, I focused on off loom weaving and became a fiber artist. During my masters study I was introduced to wood firing at Northern AZ University. I fell in love with the firing process and the outcome. My husband and I built our first wood kiln near our home in Southern Arizona. After four long years of firing kilns, and not having any art in any of them, I decided it was time to begin making pots again. When I started making pots again, it was because I loved the wood fire. I truly believe it was an important evolution for me. My pots are made with wood firing in mind. They are made for the wood kiln. I can not imagine my artwork fired any other way.”
Her work appears in the books “500 Plates and Platters” and “Wood-fired Ceramics-100 Contemporary Artists.”
Member Since 2004
The River of Peace Mural is a 35 foot ceramic tile mural on the East outside wall of the Lower Pavilion at Ghost Ranch, facing the Peace Garden. The mural shape echoes the Fibonacci curves contained in the layout of the Peace Garden. Clay slips in natural hues on the tiles relate to the colors of the rocks, sky and earth at Ghost Ranch. Permanently fired into the surface, a visual river of spiritual symbols from around the world is integrated into a mosaic of hand-written poems, prayers, intentions, quotes and original writings.
Because of widespread interest in the mural and the participation of the community, Barbara Campbell and Judy Nelson-Moore decided to create 6” tiles using the methods and imagery from the River of Peace Mural. This is a way for people to have a “piece of the Peace Mural” to take home. These tiles are all unique and made by hand. They provide a lovely remembrance of the mural and Ghost Ranch.
All profits benefit the ceramic studio in Pot Hollow at Ghost Ranch. This studio has been providing a place for clay exploration and learning for over 45 years. Your purchase of this tile supports the Ghost Ranch workshops as well as clay workshops and activities of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists in Pot Hollow.
Tiles are $18 and are available in the gift shop at the Ghost Ranch Welcome Center.
Delightful works of art designed for specific edibles for everyday use – this Japanese approach to dinnerware, and the food it serves, is what inspired me to make my own. I took many trips to Japan as I was growing up and learned to appreciate this relationship between art and function. My desire to speak the language of my own family resulted in a degree in East Asian Languages at Indiana University, and I was working as a Japanese translator/interpreter when I took my first pottery class at the Indianapolis Art Center. This combination of passions, inspirations and situations has led me to the
professional, full-time pottery career that now centers my life. I moved to New Mexico in 1999 and, after 4 years in Santa Fe, now live in Dixon, a small rural farming village rich with its community of artistic spirits. My studio is a small adobe house nestled in the hills at the edge of high desert wilderness where I enjoy quiet, peace and simplicity.
Member since 2005
I moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico full time two years ago. Knowing that the environment should inform one’s artwork, I am bursting with new images, thoughts and inspirations. I am listening to the land and allowing my intuitive reactions to transfer the clay sculpture to a spiritual and meaningful level. I feel fortunate to be able to embrace this beautiful area. My days are spent in the studio working or teaching workshops. I am teaching week workshops at my studio in Abiquiu and will be teaching at Anderson Ranch and Taos Clay this summer. I also offer a class once a week. I encourage creative thinking with students.
My sculptural pieces are mainly coil built and are multiple fired to achieve a painterly quality with slips, oxides, underglazes and glazes. I want to feel mystery and to have questions in my finished work.
Member since 2012
Joanne began her love of pottery when she took her first throwing class in Illinois thirty years ago, right after her daughter was born.
After that, the demands of motherhood, moving to New Mexico, volunteering in the community, and a teaching career, all took precedence over the pursuit of art. Now, years later, she has taken up her love of art and pottery once again.
For the past five years she has been playing with handbuilding and on the wheel. She calls her work Funky Functional because it is both useful and unique. Sometimes the pieces contain messages such as scripture or other inspiring, positive thoughts. Recently, she has begun to enjoy sculpting animals. She has participated in local arts and crafts fairs as well as shown work in her hometown in Illinois.
Joanne is also a watercolor painter who has been instructed by some very talented New Mexico artists. She has earned her art endorsement and is currently licensed by the state of New Mexico to teach art. She is an active member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. She loves a challenge and some of her favorite subjects to paint are animals and her grandchildren. Some of her goals for this year are to bring her painting and pottery to the next level of development.
She has recently joined NMPCA in order to gain experience from all of the talented professional clay artists and to be a more active part of the art community. She believes that working with clay is very joyful and healing, almost a form of therapy. She looks forward to meeting and learning from the other members who share her passion for clay!
Member since 2013