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Meet K. A. (Kathy) McCord

Clay and I have a symbiotic relationship: I sculpt figurative works, from life-sized to hand-held size, and the clay is my muse and thought provoker. The intent of each piece I sculpt is to convey multifaceted emotions and unspoken stories in a gesture, a glance, a captured instant of contemplation, a single point on an infinitely populated trajectory.

My most recent body of work (still in progress) is a series of 100 small busts, 56 of which will be included in the 2014 HARVEST CSA by Harwood Art Center.


Member since 2013

Meet Andrew McCollom

Andrew works as a full time potter for his own business, McCollom Clay. After earning his BFA in Ceramics at the University of New Mexico Andrew began to explore setting up his own studio. He realized his passion for clay and decided to pursue a full-time career in Ceramics. With a desire to improve his work he joined the staff at New Mexico Clay and learned about the ceramic pantheon beyond what is taught in an academic setting. Andrew learned the importance of production pottery, clay manufacturing, and distribution. He then had the opportunity to participate in a community based wood firing with Taos Clay owner Logan Wannamaker. This exposure presented Andrew a rare perspective at an age old tradition using wood as fuel. He was then offered a position as head potter at Hanselmann Pottery and for two years participated in constant discussion about function, form, and design. He helped Hanselmann develop a new line of pottery considering function and decoration as one. He plans to attend Graduate school in the future therefore constantly works towards expanding and building his portfolio. Andrew involves himself with the community through local events and keeps his focus on ideas surrounding contemporary Ceramics.

Member Since 2013


Meet Kathleen Koltes

A consistent theme in my work on stoneware is design derived from plant forms – probably the result of years as a gardener. I wander off to other images for a time, but always come back to plants. Right now I am etching botanical drawings into my work, and also carving plant images onto linoleum blocks and other materials that I press into clay, then paint with underglazes.

I’ve been working with clay since high school in Minnesota, and even then dreamed of being a full time potter in the southwest. Life sidetracks us in funny ways so it took a long time, but now I am pretty grateful to be able to go out to my studio every day, and even when I’m complaining about having to roll out yet another slab, or spend the day mixing glazes, I get how lucky I really am.

Member Since 2003

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Meet Melissa Martinez

I have been a ceramics artist for the past 5 years working solely in the Arita Japanese method of throwing of porcelain. What I love about this medium are the way glazes show so brilliantly on the clay body as well as the translucent quality the clay possesses so that I am able to create pieces with different densities of carvings to show various levels of light filtering through the vessels. It’s a great medium for experimentation!

Member since 2013

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Meet Pam Hellman

I live most of the time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, and part-time in Santa Fe. I have a BFA in Graphic Communication, and early in my career I worked in that field and also owned a design business. I earned an MA in Art Education with graduate certification in Art Museum Education, leading to a career in art education as an elementary art teacher, art museum educator, and as a university-level instructor.

Interestingly, although working in clay is what I now love to do, ceramics was one of the few studio classes I did not take in college. I have privately studied with several ceramicists and clay artists to gain my technical skill. Although I work mainly with non-figurative containers (bowls, vases, boxes etc., both wheel-thrown and hand-built), I recently attended a workshop that may cause me to expand my focus. In early February I was fortunate to participate in a week-long intensive clay sculpture workshop taught by Roxanne Swentzell at her Tower Gallery in Pojoaque. This workshop caused me to stretch my boundaries and taught me new techniques. It gave me so many ideas that I intend to dive in and explore working with figurative sculpture more.

Member since 2011

Meet Sharbani Das Gupta

I have been described as an activist artist.Yet I have more than one motivation; to explore the invisible links of life, to voice a concern for the human state, to delight in the earth. I draw freely from the mythology of the world combining visual and literary idioms with sculptural forms that address issues that span the personal and the environmental. Living between India and the US, allows me a valued perspective as an observer while providing a cross-cultural platform on which to interact; the differences only underscore the need for balance and understanding in an uneven world.

In Dinner with King Midas, I use the myth of Midas to comment on increasingly unsustainable and inhumane methods of modern food production. The bones of a mutated fish is the center piece, the food inedible, the visual seductive, but ultimately barren.

It is my hope that art, with its ability to reveal reality, breach boundaries and disclose the unseen, may yet make a difference. The Native Americans have said: ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children’. It is with this consciousness that I try to create, communicate, and have a voice.

Member since 2007



Meet Marilu Tejero

My love affair with clay started in 1983, while living in Lima, Peru. In 1996 I graduated with B.A.Honours in Ceramic Design from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Where I developed a body of work with strong archeological references to the South American cultures I admired. After an extensive research I found the chemical combinations that would give my work the look of weathered rocks. These glazes have become my trademark. My work has been acquired by many important galleries. I teach pottery to Seniors and children and sell my work in various galleries in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Scottsdale, AZ. I continue to explore new techniques, new glazes and looking for new directions. Clay is my love and my joy.

Member since 2006
Albuquerque, NM

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Meet Adel deValcourt

Nature and culturally inspired, functional and sculptural ceramics. One-of-a-Kind

For many years I have collected antique beads, multicultural amulets, preserved bones, gems and minerals for use in jewelry making and for simple aesthetic beauty. These objects intrigue my preoccupation with the cycles of life, different cultures and with the balancing of my dualities. I intertwine contemporary sculptures and utilitarian products with that of a mysterious or abstruse ethnicity.

Handmade objects have a level of beauty and durability and with that I feel honored to create and fulfill the needs of everyday people. The fact that stone, clay and precious gems and minerals come from the earth has kept me fascinated and energized for as long as I can remember.

Member since 2009

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