Taking place every summer in Silver City, New Mexico since 2012, the Silver City CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future.
Lee Gruber has served as the festival director since the beginning, working closely with local businesses, artists, volunteers, and non-profits to launch this community- wide event. She hopes for CLAY's impact to extend far beyond Silver City.
The Silver City CLAY Festival – an Arts & Cultural District Signature Event established in 2012 – is an annual celebration of clay, its history, and its cultural impact where locals and visitors can experience artist workshops and sales, lectures, demonstrations, films, archaeological tours, and various social activities.
The festival intends to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for clay leading to rural economic sustainability.
CLAY is the foundation that supports the growth of collaborative opportunities for small business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs of all kinds working together to expand our rural cultural economy. Consider lending your support to this annual event and its vision.
Donations can be made by either using the online PayPal button at the bottom of this webpage or by check. Checks should be made out to the Silver City CLAY Festival and mailed to CLAY, PO Box 2383, Silver City, NM 88061.
“An awesomely crafted event…”
“Great selection of art and talent,
and fantastic planning…”
“A group art exhibition is not a competition, even if awards are presented – an art exhibition is a celebration of many people working together, each one with a vision, but collectively making a bold statement about the importance and power of art.”
- Alfredo Ratinoff, Juror, Smithsonian Institution, speaking on the International Juried Exhibition: Art Tile, CLAY 2012
“Truly it was the best experience I have had in building an oven, and it is the biggest… It was a mighty task. The coming together as a community to bake after this coming together to build has endless possibilities for Silver City. I am honored to have been part of it. The spirit and energy generated by working together is boundless. Go forward, teach others, and build a few more ovens around Silver!”
- Sheila Menzies, Instructor, Tile Heritage Foundation on Building an Earth Oven, CLAY 2012
“The weekend was splendid – great positive energy, happy participants."
"Interesting and educational..."