A full plate
Santa Fe Clay opens its studio doors to visitors as part of its 20th annual holiday sale and open house. There, they can watch ceramists in the process of creating new pieces. Small and large sculptural objects and utilitarian wares by studio members, students, teachers, and staff are available for sale just in time for gift shopping. For those who prefer to craft their own ceramic items, Santa Fe Clay’s store also sells all the necessary artist supplies.
The event, which takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, features live entertainment (Ferdi Serim plays jazz), food, and door prizes. More than 30 artists offer their work for sale, including Matt Donovan, Shelley Waxman, Greta Ruiz, Meredy Baldridge, and Martin Helldorfer. The gallery’s current exhibition, Get Set!, a three-person show of contemporary functional dinnerware by Paul Eshelman, Camila Friedman-Gerlicz, and Clay Leonard, remains on view through Jan. 3, 2015. Eshelman, an Illinois-based ceramist, creates red stoneware inspired by architectural forms; Friedman-Gerlicz’s pieces represent a fusion of her interests in mathematics and clay; and Leonard seeks to re-establish the lost art of dinner-table conversation through his designs that are inspired in part by his love for mass-produced objects. Santa Fe Clay is located at 545 Camino de la Familia. Call 505-984-1122 for information.
— Michael Abatemarco
Top, left to right, Greta Ruiz: Orchid Sisters, 2014, stoneware; Michelle Goodman: Untitled, 2014, raku; middle, Linda Hayden: Wild Fire, 2014, stoneware; bottom, left to right, Erik Gellert: Drip, 2014, stoneware; Esther Smith: Jewelry Jar, 2014, porcelain