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    • 01 Jun 2018
    • (MDT)
    • 10 Aug 2018
    • (MDT)
    • Application online, workshop at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
    Student Scholarship to attend the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop

    Apply by August 10, 2018.  Click "Register" at left and complete the scholarship application form.

    Workshop is September 14-16. We will notify recipient by August 14, 2018.

    We are proud to offer, a scholarship for one participant at our annual Ghost Ranch workshop.  The workshop this year is a New Mexico Connections with 6 master artist members of NMPCA presenting.  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.  Recipient cannot have received a previous scholarship.   

    The person chosen to receive this scholarship should plan to be able to attend the entire workshop, from Friday, September 14 at 1:00 pm to Sunday, September 16 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.

    If not already a member of the NMPCA, recipient of the scholarship will receive a free one-year membership.  

    Apply through this website through August 10, 2018 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 14. 

    If you have any questions, please call Judy Nelson-Moore, (505)466-3070 or send an email to workshop@nmpotters.org. 
    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    Registration is closed

    Anita Fields and NMPCA at Ghost Ranch, 2018Anita Fields, Narrative Textures

    June 27 - July 1st, 2018

    Registration Closed.  

    NMPCA-sponsored workshop at Ghost Ranch

    Join us for a 4-day inspiring hands-on workshop presentation by Native-American contemporary artist, Anita Fields, whose work spans contemporary methods and Osage thought.  

    About the Workshop

    Participants will create works based on personal stories, memories, and experiences. Based on this premise, we will look at ways to create figures and other forms inspired by our personal narratives. Attention will be given to building surface qualities; how to create textures with simple stamps, found objects, and thick applications of slips. Concentration of time will be spent building work with demonstrations and guidance from Anita.  Bisque firing possible for some works.

    Those attending the workshop can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Ghost Ranch by selecting a ranch housing choice or make arrangements in the Abiquiu, NM community.  Ranch dining hall serves convenient meals just 300 yards from the ceramic workshop, where many tastes and diets can be accommodated.  Rooms at ranch range from $45 to $150/day/person.  A meal packet costs $180 for the entire workshop.  The workshop registration is $475 for NMPCA members and $500 for non-members.  

    Anita Describes Her Ceramic Work

    "I use clay to transform my emotions, concepts, and inspirations into narrative expressive forms. The basic tenants of my Osage culture and its’ philosophies influence and inform my ideas. Osage worldview is based on the division of the earth and sky; it represents the order, balance, and duality found in life, nature, and the universe. I use this as metaphor in my work and base numerous pieces on the premise of these beliefs. Within this context and my experiences, I find the creative impulse to construct male and female figures, landscapes, articles of clothing, and other earthen shapes."

    "On small bits of torn clay, I create repetitive textures by impressing objects that are meaningful to me. The fragments are layered onto sculpted clay forms, creating depth, design, and dimension. The objects used for impressions are varied and can be as simple as twigs, a favorite pair of earrings, ribbon work patterns from our traditional clothing, or imprints from a beaded purse."

    About Anita Fields

    Born in Oklahoma, Native American artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Osage culture. Her work represents the disruption of balance found within the earth and our lives, and more broadly, early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female.

    Fields’ sculptures were exhibited in “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation” in New York City. Her work was featured in the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work was also included in “Who Stole the Teepee?,” National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, New York, and the “Legacy of the Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    Fields has been awarded numerous residencies, including the Eitelljorg Museum’s RARE program and the Andy Warhol Fine Arts Residency at the Heard Museum. Fields was one of 47 Native American delegates funded by the Kellogg

    Foundation and the Institute of American Indian Arts, to travel to South Africa for “The Answers Lie Within.” Fields is a 2017 fellow for the Kaiser Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

    Fields’ work has been published in Southwest Art magazine, American Craft, Ms. Magazine, American Style and Native Peoples. Her work can be found in several collections, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

    To see additional work by Anita, visit her husband's and her website at www.nativefieldsart.com.

    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.

    • 14 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 16 Sep 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    September 14-16, 2018 – 2 day workshop
    Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center

    Registration deadline August 13, 2018

    This year NMPCA returns to our popular New Mexico Connections format with short presentations by several presenters.  Six master potters lead short programs, each on a different technique. This popular workshop format brings together artists interested and expert in many different techniques and methods and results in a very lively exchange.  All participants learn from the presenters and from each other in the process of having great fun. 

    Presenters for this workshop include

    Leonard Baca presenting Sprayed Glazes and Engobes

    Gloria Gilmore-House with Refining Thrown Forms

    Cheryl HoaglandFreehand Faceting

    Andrea Pichaida presenting Hand Building of Breathing Nests

    Sara D'Alessandro presenting Dynamics of Working Small and Large

    Penny Truitt presenting Exploring the Surface

    Read more about the presenters and see something of their work.

    Read more about the tradition of New Mexico Connections on The Slip Trail blog.

    A word about accommodations:  Rooms at Ghost Ranch this year are limited to "dormitory-style" rooms with shared bath, or camping.  The cost is $170/room, which can be shared by two people.  If you have a roommate participating in the workshop, you can each register for a "shared" room to pay 1/2 each.  If you are bringing a guest who is not attending the workshop or want to have single-occupancy, select the single occupancy choice at a cost of $170.  Meal cost is $72/person.  Alternative accommodation can be obtained at area bnb.  See ideas on our accommodation page.  

    Download a pdf flyer for the workshop.  

The Slip Trail our newsletter has been a feature of the NMPCA for longer than almost any single member remembers!  Keeping up with modern communication methods has meant a change in The Slip Trail format from the old paper mailed format, through the emailed pdf format, and now an online Blog...available all the time and updated as information becomes available. 

We do have a publication that is closer to what is generally thought of as a newsletter called "eNews." This arrives in members mail inbox roughly once a week and is a separate publication. 

Guidelines for both eNews and The Slip Trail 

Read The Slip Trail here.

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