Master artist Oralia Lόpez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua will be demonstrating the intricate technique used to paint pottery including elegant forms, precision designs and beautiful colors on Saturday, July 29 from 10am-4pm.
At 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm, Dr. John Bezy, author of the book The Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz, will be making a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz ceramics. Oralia will have a wonderful selection of work by many other fine Mata Ortiz artists for purchase at reasonable prices starting at $20.
Please join us for the demonstration, presentation, and sale. For more information please telephone the Silver City Museum 575-538-5921.
This event will take place in conjunction with the juried CLAYfest Market, which is another opportunity to purchase decorative and utilitarian ceramics and other clay-related items directly from CLAY artists.
This year the Silver City CLAY Festival introduces the "CLAY Matters" Lecture Series. The series will cover a range of this year’s CLAY-related topics, including art, archaeology, petroglyphs, mining/geology, and food/land. Lecturers will include scholars and experts in their fields whose lectures have local focus and global reach. Lecturers will include workshop artists Bede Clarke, Marko Fields, and Clarence Cruz, as well as photographer and author Eric Mindling, geologist Virginia McLemore, archaeologist and WNMU professor Cynthia Bettison, and archaeologist and author Polly Schaafsma.
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Two more tours have been added that round out the petroglyph and archaeology themes of CLAY 2017.
Join the guided tour of the Pony Hills petroglyphs 16 miles north of Deming, NM on Saturday, July 22nd. There are two main areas of petroglyphs, Pony Hills and Frying Pan Canyon, along the old Butterfield trail dating from between 600 and 1200 A.D. Ernie Valles will describe the surrounding landscape and history of the area on this 1 - 1.5 mile hike.
On Wednesday, July 26th, you can tour a site that contains prehistoric ruins of the Mimbres Culture dating back to 400 AD. Marilyn Markel, Grant County Archaeological Society, will present a power point history talk and take participants on the Mattocks Ruin trail walk. The Mattocks Ruin is a large pit-house and pueblo village: approximately 1000 years ago, a Mimbres pueblo was built at this site on top of an earlier pit-house village. Also on site are two territorial adobe houses dating from 1882 (Dr. Granville Wood home) and 1895 ( Benjamin Gooch house) built during the homestead years. Learn about the history of the Mimbres Valley and its inhabitants over the centuries through the investigation of these structures and sites.
The CLAY Festival will host a tent at this year’s Silver City Blues Festival taking place Memorial Day weekend. CLAY activities will take place on Saturday, May 27th from noon to 7pm.
Wheel-throwing and hand-building demonstrations will be given throughout the day by local artists Claude Smith, Zoe Wolfe, Patty Countryman, and Krissy Ramirez. Participants will have a chance to get down to earth by signing up for a hands-on throwing tutorial! Tutorials will last 5-10 minutes and are experiential only – participants will not keep what they make. All CLAY activities offered at the Blues Festival are free.
Stop by the CLAY Festival tent to watch a demonstration, get your hands dirty, and to find out more about the workshops, tours, lectures, youth activities, and more taking place at the CLAY Festival July 22nd-30th.
The annual CLAY Poker Fundraiser is back and will include a pre-poker training for newbies wishing to learn the game. And, if you are a new participant and attend the pre-poker training, you can knock off $10 from the tournament ticket! Pre-poker is free and will take place a couple of weeks prior to the tournament on Friday, July 14 from 5-8pm in the back room at the Little Toad Creek Brewery. Local poker aficionado Cindy Gagnon will teach Texas Hold ‘Em style poker to those who attend; please arrive at 5pm for the full training.
Are you interested in being a dealer during the CLAY Poker Fundraiser? A second training for those interested in dealing will be held on Friday, July 21st – please email email@example.com.
The Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament will take place on Saturday, July 29th and will be geared towards donations and fun – not the risk of wagering. Donated prizes from local businesses will be awarded to the top ten players. First place is a week-long getaway at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona! All donations will be used to support the CLAY Festival and its efforts towards increasing artistic, cultural, and economic sustainability in Southwest New Mexico.