Conversations In Clay Creates Synergy Among Artists

Barbara Campbell and Dean Schroeder’s wood/clay piece, “Terra Flora.” Courtesy/FLAC

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Members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA), with the support of Fuller Lodge Art Center (FLAC), will stage an exhibition of work titled “Conversations in Clay.” 

The exhibit will take place Aug. 14 to Sept. 19 at Fuller Lodge Art Center , 2132 Central Avenue in Los Alamos. The Opening Reception is 5-7 p.m., Aug. 14.

The theme encouraged NMPCA members to create visual conversations. They were encouraged to work with another artist, integrating conversation into the process from the conception through the production. Individual entries by single artists are also included, along with one-sentence “conversation starter” descriptions. 

‘You Know What I Feel for You,’ by Monika Kaden

NMPCA members have been talking about this show for months.  Those who collaborated with another found that the effort of working together resulted in a whole much greater than the simple sum of its parts.  The collaborative “conversation” between two artists creating one piece is new to this exhibit and well represented in Barbara Campbell and Dean Schroeder’s wood/clay “Terra Flora.” The synergy created by this approach will continue to rebound in the clay community and in the work of individual artists throughout New Mexico.   

The NMPCA holds an exhibition every year in various locations called the “Celebration of Clay,” where members submit their work to showcase the variety and depth of ceramic art being created in our state. This year’s award jurors, Ken Nebel, Monika Kaden and Debra Fritts, will select recipients of cash awards, including Best of Show, Awards of Merit and the UNM Arita Porcelain Department award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality.  

The coveted “People’s Choice” is given to the most popular work in the exhibit.  Join the fun and cast your vote for your favorite at the gallery or on-line at

The cash awards will be announced at the opening reception. The “People’s Choice” award is announced following the closing at

The Fuller Lodge Art Center is a community organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in Los Alamos through artistic opportunities for all ages and all abilities through exhibitions, classes, fairs and sales. The Art Center showcases established artists while providing a venue for emerging artists as well.

Currently it regularly supports more than 100 local and regional artists in the Gallery Gift Shop, and an additional 20-60 in each thematic exhibit. The Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists is an organization of more than 170 artists, mostly in the state of New Mexico, but also from other states across the country. For more information about the organization, visit and click here: For more information about the annual Celebration of Clay exhibit, click here:

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