WHAT IS THE CLAY FESTIVAL?
Clay, mud and earth are the common ground of New Mexico's people and the embodiment of their history. Taking place every summer in Silver City, New Mexico, the CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and lifelong learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future.
SHARING OUR VISION...
The mission of the Silver City CLAY Festival is to establish a signature celebration of clay, to educate and build appreciation for clay and its many adaptations, to advance the craft and creativity of artists, and to promote the artisans and the communities of Silver City and New Mexico as a Clay Corridor, a vibrant intersection of indigenous clay cultures and current clay arts.
LOOKING FOR FESTIVAL EVENTS?
Offerings include multi-day workshops, demonstrations, juried exhibitions, a lecture series, artist receptions, tours, the CLAYfest Market featuring clay-centric vendors, live music and dancing, outdoor events, youth activities, and the CLAY Gala Fundraiser.
SILVER CITY? TELL ME MORE.
Nestled against the 3.3 million acres of the Gila National Forest, Silver City is a quirky cultural town of just over 10,000 people. Boasting historical ties with Billy the Kid, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and Geronimo as well as the third largest open pit copper mine in the world, Silver City shines in its artistic, culinary, and historical offerings. The Historic Downtown District in particular is home to more than a dozen restaurants, murals, and some thirty-plus galleries and artist studios. Not to mention that at 6,000 feet, the summer monsoons enliven the lush landscape and provide an escape from the typical Southwestern heat.