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Silver City, NM — CLAY featured workshop artist Julia Galloway will speak at Western New Mexico's State University's Parotti Hall Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Her lecture, titled "Contemporary Pottery Today," will examine the role pottery plays in our everyday lives and how the art has evolved. Galloway is a utilitarian potter and Professor of Art at the University of Montana, Missoula. Her workshop, which began July 9, focuses on pouring pots.

An exhibition of Galloway's work will be showcased during an opening reception Wednesday, July 18 at Bear Mountain Lodge's Blue Dome Gallery from 5-8 p.m.

Silver City, NM — CLAY Festival, which runs from July 16 - July 21, has several lectures scheduled throughout the week presented by artists, conservationists and cultural experts.

On Monday, July 16, anthropologist, historian, preservation planner, and teacher Pete Eidenbach will examine the history of the La Luz Pottery Factory in his lecture "Rowland Hazard III and the La Luz Pottery Factory" at Seedboat Gallery from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SILVER CITY: Silver City Museum announces pottery techniques by Master artist Oralia Lopez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua for ClayFest to take place Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dr. John Bezy will give a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
 
Master artist Oralia Lόpez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua will be at the Silver City Museum Annex located at 302 Broadway on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. She will be demonstrating the intricate technique used to paint pottery including elegant forms, precision designs and beautiful colors. Oralia will have a wonderful selection of work by many other fine Mata Ortiz artists for purchase at reasonable prices starting at $20.
 
At 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., 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.
 
Children and their families can make a one-of-a-kind Mimbres style clay plate as a souvenir of the 2018 ClayFest. Participants will roll, shape and decorate a clay vessel. Taking place in the Museum's Education Room, 312 West Broadway, this education program is completely free to all. A suggested $5 donation will help to support the museum's education programs, collection care and schedule of changing exhibitions.
 
Please join us for the demonstration, presentation, and sale in the Museum Annex, 302 West Broadway and for family activities in the main Museum, 312 West Broadway. For more information please telephone the Silver City Museum 575-538-5921, Ext 2.


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museum peek rsIn joint celebration of the CLAY Festival and Fleming Hall's in-progress transformation, the public is invited to a special "sneak peek." Explore the newly renovated two-story Grand Exhibit Hall and Main Floor filled with selected pieces from the WNMU collections. The museum will then shut its doors until the transformation is complete. Located on the Western New Mexico University campus. Note: College Avenue is closed due to construction; use 12th Street as an alternate route.

rattle rsHands-on workshops begin Monday, July 16. Make a rattle or two with Silver City artist Zoe Wolfe, learn how to make clay tell your story with Silver City artist Romaine Begay, become part of the Silver City community with San Antonio artist Patricia Castillo Jolet, learn the basics of building a mud structure with Silver City resident Herbie Marsden, or paint a tile with Tuscon artist Carly Quinn. Register here before spots run out.

creative workshops rsJoin us for CLAY's first-ever workshop series designed to help artists from all disciplines make money from doing what they love. Workshops start Monday, July 16, and run throughout the week.

Presenters include Dr. Miguel Vicéns of the Western New Mexico School of Business; Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center; Minneapolis potter Robert Briscoe, who founded the St. Croix Valley Pottery Trail; last year's CLAY juried exhibition winner Marko Fields; and Carly Quinn, owner of Tucson's Carly Quinn Designs.


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