Cups: Hundreds of Cups! at Santa Fe Clay
Cups and mugs are popular gift items at the holidays, but the dull and ordinary are a dime a dozen. Why settle for those when you can get hand-crafted ceramic wares at Santa Fe Clay that no else will have, guaranteed? Cups: Hundreds of Cups! is an invitational show and sale of unique drinking vessels by 150 artists from across the U.S. Each artist submitted two pieces for the exhibit, which includes traditional ceramics, as well as pieces that are whimsical, purely decorative, and some that might just stare back at you while you’re drinking from them. The show includes cups, mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, goblets, and yunomis (informal Japanese-style tea cups). Hand-built and wheel-thrown wares, as well as raku-fired works, porcelain wares, earthenware, stoneware, terra cotta, and more are available. The vessels will be arranged on one continuous shelf that runs around the perimeter of the gallery.
The exhibit runs concurrently with a show of ceramics by Amanda Jaffe and Suzanne Kane. Jaffe’s ceramic tiles render figurative and narrative scenes in relief. Both artists draw inspiration from the natural world, working representationally. The opening reception for the exhibits is Friday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. The shows run through Jan. 23, 2016. Santa Fe Clay is at 545 Camino de la Familia. Call 505-984-1122.
— Michael Abatemarco
Porcelain cup by Beth Lo, 2015; below, stoneware teacup by José Sierra, 2015