Category Archives: Meet the Members

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Meet Logan Wannamaker

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

Logan Wannamaker Pottery
www.loganwannamaker.com
potmaker@gmail.com
575.770.4334
110 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

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Meet Elizabeth Rose

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

Studio Tour Page

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
CLAY”

Meet Joe Bova

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

Joe Bova pottery form
GMO Amok 2014 – Stoneware. Wheel thrown pottery form. Two rabbit heads are repousse modeled from slabs. No applied glazes or slips, i.e. atmospheric ash and injected soda. Wood fired cone 12 flat in ground hot kiln at Tres Piedras NM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mono con manos Stoneware. Wheel thrown pottery form, Monkey head is repoussé modeled from slabs. Wood fired ^9 in catenary kiln with cottonwood and reduction cooled at Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana. No applied glazes or slip.
Mono con manos – Stoneware. Wheel thrown pottery form, Monkey head is repoussé modeled from slabs. Wood fired ^9 in catenary kiln with cottonwood and reduction cooled at Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana. No applied glazes or slip.

Meet JoAnne DeKeuster

JoAnnDeKeuster1JoAnne 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

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Meet Miya Endo

MiyaEndo2Delightful 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.

Miya Endo
www.miyapottery.com

Member since 2005

Meet Debra Fritts

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

debrafritts@aol.com
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Meet Joanne Wells

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!

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Member since 2013

Meet Terence Baggett

Terence studied at the University of Oklahoma,  receiving a Fine Arts degree in Object Design.  From the time he fired his first glazed piece, he knew clay was his medium of expression.  However,  following graduation, he applied his design expertise in graphic design working at Sandia Labs for many years.  During that time he designed and constructed a studio and a large home for his family in Tijeras Canyon. This proved to be such a time-consuming task that he was unable to give  much time to his ceramic studio. Since  retiring from Sandia in 1989, he has at last  been able to devote time to working with clay .

Terence Baggett, Rhythm
Terence Baggett, Rhythm

He has exhibited work in the  New Mex. Potter’s Assoc. Celebration of Clay,  the  Biennial Southwest Artist Series at the Albuquerque Museum, The “Internal Illumination” exhibit at  The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri , and the  17th  National Ceramic Competition  at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
Although he has produced many functional pieces he prefers one-of-a-kind abstract sculptural items.  Here are images of some of his work.

Terence has been an NMPCA member since 2002.

Patricia Baggett

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Meet Ty Minton

Growing up in New Mexico gave me the opportunity to experience the vast richness of modern and ancient art. I originally studied art with my mother, accomplished Southwestern oil painter Helen L. Minton who studied with four of the original founders of the Taos Society of Artist in 1932.

In 1933 she studied Southwestern Indian Art with artist and teacher Kenneth M. Chapman in Santa Fe. Exposure to this rich background provided me with an appreciation of ancient and contemporary art forms and informed much of my work. I got my first pottery wheel when I was 11 and have continued to work primarily in clay although as a multimedia artist I have worked in painting, jewelry, fiber, glass, metalwork, clay sculpture, graphics and woodworking. In my current multimedia work I combine ceramic art, painting and sculpture using clay and metal forms as the base. I am now focusing on two very different lines of work, functional stoneware with carved animal forms and clay wind bells with painted animal images.

I hold a doctoral degree in environmental studies and spent over 38 years teaching both art and environmental biology at the high school and graduate school level.  The variety of my work can be seen on my web page : tyminton.com

Member Since 2004

Ty G. Minton
PO Box 2649
Ranchos de Taos NM 87557

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Meet John Roberts

JackRoberts2John a.k.a. Jack Roberts

My education and chosen career were in the field of electrical and computer systems engineering in which I spent forty-four years before retiring, December 2004. During the latter two years of employment I had, with the encouragement and support of my artistic wife, Penne, begun to, “play with clay”. With study, focused attention and determination, I slowly learned to throw on the wheel.
The past three years, I have turned more toward hand building using my understanding of geometric relationships (envision the organized slices of the spectacular Sydney Opera House). I find that slabs of clay can be formed and molded into almost any shape imaginable. The fun comes from experimenting, discovering, and attempting to, “break out of the box!

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