Mixed Me­dia

Cups: Hun­dreds of Cups! at Santa Fe Clay

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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

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