CLAY Festival is proud to announce that it has received grants from the New Mexico Humanities Council, The Silver City Town & Country Garden Club, and Wells Fargo! These grants will fund a spectrum of programming during CLAY, including children's programming at 3 rural Grant County libraries, the Farm-to-Table Fundraiser, and the “CLAY Matters” Lecture Series.
The CLAY Festival depends on grants, donations, sponsorship, and fundraising to fulfill its mission of fostering growth of collaborative opportunities for small business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs working together to expand our rural cultural economy. These contributions go directly into funding the not-for-profit Silver City CLAY Festival and the unique programming and opportunities it offers to the community of Silver City and beyond.
Two unique fundraisers will take place during CLAY Festival, including the Farm-to-Table Fundraiser and the CLAY Poker Fundraiser. The Farm-to-Table Fundraiser will showcase locally grown food and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and the Silver City Farmer's Market. The CLAY Poker Fundraiser is a favorite among locals and will feature donated prizes from local businesses awarded to the top ten players. The Grand Prize this year is a week-long stay at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona!
Consider lending your support to the CLAY Festival and its vision through a donation, sponsorship, or by attending one of the two signature fundraising events during CLAY Festival.
Herbie Marsden is back with his Natural Home Building Workshop! Experience a passive solar mud house in this hands-on workshop and learn the basics to build your own structure. Herbie will show you clay bearing earthen building techniques with clay-rich soil in two fast hours of fun. Tour the home he and his wife have been working on for over 35 years. Come prepared to get down with earth and water...you will get dirty in this workshop!
Herbie Marsden has built and helped build several homes using earthen, local, unprocessed, used, and recycled materials. He has years of experience remodeling and repairing residential and commercial buildings and problem solving electricity and electronics. Herbie is presently retired: studying painting and sculpture at WNMU, reading, messing with electronics, computers and 3-D printing, and traveling.
Only 10 spots are available for this workshop - reserve yours now!
The 6th annual CLAYFest Market will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 10am-4pm in conjunction with the Silver City Farmer's Market and other CLAY Festival events, including youth event Mud Fun! and the all-ages Mud Pie Contest.
We invite artists and entrepreneurs to offer decorative and utilitarian ceramics and other clay-related items for sale at CLAYFest Market. CLAY is excited to expand the scope of the market and invite gem and mineral vendors to apply to sell their wares in keeping with this year's theme exploring geology and mining. The application for the market can be found by clicking here.
Other geology and mining events at this year's CLAY Festival include:
In addition to geology and mining, this year’s festival will explore clay art, archaeology, petroglyphs, and farm-to-table foods and land use. Stay tuned for more information on each!