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with creation and learning for participants of all ages. There are events for children and involving youth. There are lectures about ancient rock art to the future of mining. The festival includes an opportunity to shop for and see pottery from not only New Mexico but other states as well and there is a chance to play in the mud. Dining opportunities are included in the festival as area

restaurants participate with specials and unique food choice. Local galleries feature clay works for the event and shops offer discounts. The CLAY Matters button, available for $10, covers the cost of all lectures and additional discounts from local businesses. For complete information on CLAY festival events, participants and costs, visit www.

Farm to Table Fundraiser features local farmers, chefs, youths and Gruet wine


he CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., July 22 is a showcase of locally grown food from Silver City Farmer’s Market  vendors, including EZ Does It Farm, Gone Fishin’ Farms, Frisco Farms, Amy’s Greens and La Bonita Bakery. The menu of chilled beet and chipotle soup, pit-roasted lamb, black beans, nopales con queso fresco, blue corn mesquite tortillas, salad and a special dessert will be prepared by local chefs from Silver City restaurants. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, are growing the greens and vegetables used in the salad. And, youths in the  Community Youth Building Program will be trained in food service to serve at this special event. Gruet Winery is providing the wine and the pairings will be chosen by Gruet Operations Manager Michael Dominguez. Gruet is located near the Elephant Butte Reservoir, and the Gruet family has

been growing grapes and producing wine since 1952 in France. In keeping with the spirit of CLAY, dining participants can bring their favorite ceramic place setting to dine on and the best place setting will be awarded a prize. Funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volunteer Center’s Food Bank and the Silver City Farmer’s Market Join us at this elegant opening celebration of the CLAY Festival on Saturday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. You won’t find a more local, grass-roots meal than this one, honoring the connection that the foods we eat have to the earth, mud, dirt, and clay. Reservations can be made at www.clayfestival. com and tickets are $100.



guests and workshops BEDE CLARKE

This year CLAY partners with Western New Mexico University to host a five-day workshop with Clarke, artist and professor of art at University of Missouri, titled “Drawing and Painting on Clay: Line, Color, Imagery.” The unique thing about this workshop is that it will be possible to take it for college credit. Bede is also featured for an exhibition of his work at Bear Mountain Lodge.


Fields, artist and professor and resident artist at Concordia University, is giving a lecture and teaching a threeday workshop: Printmaking in Clay and Building Vessels with Decorated Slabs.


Mindling, photographer, author, and ex-pat who lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, will be lecturing on “Corn Cobs and Cactus Spines: Hand Building and Wood-Firing from the Heart of the Americas.”

built more than 150 years ago and opwn of Bayard. Above “Narrow Gauge to reinforce a downgrade of the Silver ltos and back hauling ore. Below, perator of the mine. (Mining photos by


This two-hour tour will be a guided multi-stop bus tour of the historic mining district covering the area from Bayard to Santa Rita offered on July 24 and 25. Led by Terry Humble, a former underground miner, the history and commentaries of the local underground mines will be given.


Take a walk led by Andrew Lindlof and explore the mining history and landscape of Boston Hill. The walk, available July 27 and 28 will cover much of Boston Hill’s history, including stops at some of the more notable mines while walking across the assemblage of rocks and formations that make up the landscape and mining district. The talk will focus on what makes Boston Hill such special place for Silver City, both in the past and the future.

Tewa Clarence Cruz talks about process


s a traditional potter, we give thanks to Mother Earth for the materials she provides, and to “Pin Kwiyo” Clay Woman for the clay, with which we will create “Our Children” with her guidance. When we go to the clay pit, we state our intentions to Pin Kwiyo. “With your respect, ‘Pin Kwiyo,’ I come before you with prayers, an offering of nourishment and ask for guidance on my journey with the ‘Pin’ Clay, I’ve come to harvest today.” This is always done before one gathers and takes, no matter what it may be. When one lays their hands on the clay when gathering at that very moment. You become the guardian, the Parent of the clay, “Children.” Your journey has begun. Your journey home with Pin Kwiyo is like taking your newborn home from the place she or he was born at. This place becomes home for Pin Kwiyo, she is born through the preparation of washing and cleaning, just like your child is when she or he is born. Before one starts to build, as a traditional potter we always give a breath of life to Pin Kwiyo,

your spirit, by blowing your air onto her each time we grab clay to build. We see the creation process with clay like the growth of your own children, and the physical changes and characteristics that sets us apart from one another. This is seen in the finishing of the pottery one creates, through the sanding, slipping, and polishing. The birth of “Your Child” comes through the final stage, the firing. Just line your child at birth, through that “Ring of Fire.” Cruz is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo, and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a BFA and MFA in art studio, and a minor in museum studies through an internship at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. His three and a half-day CLAY Festival workshop, held July 24 through Thurs, July 27, will focus on hand building by coil method using traditional MIcaceous (Mica) clay to create functional ware. Each student will receive 25 lbs of Mica clay dug from the earth by Clarence Cruz at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. To register for this workshop and others by Bede Clarke, Marko Fields, Louise Sackett, Herbie Marsden, and Zoe Wolfe, visit

Valles, artist who lives in Mata Ortiz, Mexico, will be the juror for the CLAY Festival’s international juried exhibition A Tile & A Vessel, and will lecture on “Art and Social Responsibility.” Born in the border town of Palomas, Chihuahua, Valles has been expanding the limits of both Mata Ortiz and traditional Mexican ceramics ever since he relocated to Mata Ortiz.


Schaafsma, archaeologist and author with a specialty in pre-Hispanic Indian rock art and kiva murals, will be lecturing on “Picturing Ourselves: Humanity Portrayed in Art of the Prehistoric Southwest.”  


Bettison, archaeologist and professor at Western New Mexico University, will lecture on “The Lives of Mimbres Women.” Other workshops include Louise Sackett, who will teach Plein Air Simplified, and micaceous potter Clarence Cruz from Towa Pueblo will be teaching a workshop. Local potter Zoe Wolfe is teaching a class on kimchee pots.

Desert Exposure - July 2017  
Desert Exposure - July 2017