JULY 2019 • 17
Silver City CLAY Festival ready for business
‘Conversations and Demonstrations’
Down and Dirty
Taos Pueblo clay artist featured at festival
he 2019 CLAY Festival will run July 15-21, 2019 in and around downtown Silver City, includes a week of workshops, demonstrations, presentations, lectures, events for artists, visitors and Grant County community members of all ages. For youth, CLAY Play will be hosted at area public libraries, offering children in grades 3-6 a chance to make their own clay art inspired by stories. Mud Fun will offer kids Pre-K through 6th grade a chance to get dirty and play with clay, creating straight from their imaginations. The festival offers an array of clay fun for all, for visitors and community members of all ages can get in on it. The outdoor CLAY Makers Market will feature a curated selection of clay artists selling exquisite clay artwork, with live music, dancing, and storytelling all day long. The Mud Pie Contest will be hosted at the Silver City Farmer’s Market, with prizes going to the most magnificent mud pies. Silver City’s Silco Theater will host Claymation films. On Sunday, July 21st, CLAY Rodeo will give fast-moving artists a chance to move from one work station to the next, making art with clay, competing as teams.
ward-winning Taos Pueblo clay artist Pam Lujan-Hauer will offer interactive demonstrations and share traditional Pueblo stories at the 2019 Silver City CLAY Festival. Lujan-Hauer will offer hands-on experiential demonstrations of her indigenous clay techniques and will also share stories and traditions from the Taos Pueblo culture, at the Copper Quail Gallery, 211 N. Texas St., from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., on Thursday July 18 and Friday July 19. She will also present at the CLAY Makers Market, sponsored by New Mexico Humanities Council, on at 12 p.m., Saturday, July 20, and will have her work on display at the market which is on Market Street between Bullard Street and the Big Ditch. Lujan-Hauer was six years old when her great aunts, both well-known Taos Pueblo potters, began to teach her the art of traditional Pueblo pottery making. She fell in love with this traditional art of her culture, and later studied Pueblo pottery making at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. Lujan-Hauer makes both traditional and contemporary pottery, all of which is hand-coiled construction. Much of her work is made from clay that is native to and harvested from the Taos Pueblo land. This micaceous clay gives Taos Pueblo traditional pottery its distinctive shimmer. Pam has won multiple awards for her artwork and teaches at universities and schools.
Multi-day workshops include: July 8-19: Exploring Functional Hand Building with Sunshine Cobb July 16-19: Imagery through China Painting and Decals with Brad Klem July 15-17: Building with Cobb and Finishing with Earth Plaster with Jeff Le Blanc July 15-19: Adobe Building / Mud Immersion with Mary Giardini One-day workshops are: July 13: Labyrinth Building with
Children are as much a part of the Silver City CLAY Festival as adults. (Photo by Jay Hemphill)
Lynda Aiman-Smith July 15: Make a Bone for the Million Bones Project with artist Linda Brewer July 20: Make a Bowl for the Empty Bowls event with artists Zoe Wolfe & Judy Menefee Youth activities will be: July 15: CLAY Play at the Gila Valley Library, grades 3-6
July 16-18: CLAY Play at the Silver City Library, grades 3-6 July 16-18: CLAY Play at the Bayard Library, grades 3-6 July 20: Mud Fun, grades Pre-K –6 Visit www.CLAYfestival.com for updated information and see Page 24 for a complete schedule of events.
Taos Potter Pam Lujan-Hauer