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Membership offers a wide range of opportunities for a diverse group of people. Everyone who uses clay as a medium of expression is invited to join us including hobbyists or advanced professionals. If you would like to get involved with other like-minded people who are creative, fun and full of energy, the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces may be just what you are looking for. Click here to download a membership form.
Guild members are looking forward to another busy year...... Upcoming activities include a paperclay demo given by Jan Archey in June. The dated has yet to be determined. On July 27th we will meet in the evening at White Sands for a picnic and a full moon event. August will bring us a demonstration by Suzanne Kane. That date will be set as soon as we know the details.
In January, Glenn Schwaiger opened the Dona Ana Community College Ceramics Studio at the Workforce Center to the Guild when Barbara Williams demonstrated the technique she uses to apply gold leaf. Jim Moore looks on (above). Meanwhile, David Beattie (below) stokes Glenn's wood fire kiln during one of the many firings the Guild has been invited to participate in at Glenn's studio. Glenn and Jeff Erwin discuss some of the amazing results. Another interesting program took place in February hosted by Mary Lou LaCasse when members watched some instructional videos. The March meeting was held at the DACC Ceramics Studio and students reported on the NCECA ceramics conference they attended in Pittsburg. In April members met at Glenn Schwaiger's home studio to unload the wood kiln and discuss results after a very successful firing. There was no meeting in May but an Empty Bowls work day weekend produced 190 bowls. Thirty members attended and helped get the ball rolling for this years's luncheon.
The Guild will present the biannual Exhibition Fire & Fiber United in July and August of this year. All members are encouraged to apply. Submissions are due in June. The Guild is expected to announce a summer workshop soon. Details will be posted when the dates are finalized. Work will start again on this year's Empty Bowls luncheon in a couple of months which will keep members busy through mid-October. Usually an alternative firing is on the agenda in September at the Summers and there may possibly be a pit or barrel firing. The Guild's only fund raiser happens in November at the Children's Realm during the Renaissance Art Faire, thanks to the volunteer work of countless members. Always a favorite, another medallion making meeting is scheduled for a summer meeting. Finally the annual Holiday Sale just before Thanksgiving will give 20-24 members the chance to sell their work to the local community.
Benefits to members include:
- Monthly meetings, usually held in members' homes or studios. Some meetings are held at the Las Cruces Museum of Art or at a local restaurant
- Interesting programs, demos or presentations and the chance to meet other potters
- A monthly newsletter
- Educational information, such as videos, which are available for checkout
- Reduced rates for workshops
- Alternative firings, such as Raku or pit firing
- Annual bulk clay buy allows members to recieve great pricing on clay and other supplies from Laguna Clay Company
- Annual holiday sale
Joe Angelo is pictured above at the annual Holiday Sale talking to customers at the Homebuilders Association Event Hall in November of 2015.
Board of Directors
The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces Board consists of an executive management team which includes a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
- Bernita Davis: President
- Letha Rushing: Treasurer
- Cindy Waddell: Secretary
The Standing Committee Chair Persons make up the remainder of the Board
- Barbara Williams: Programs
- Maya Brewington: Holiday Sale
- Linda Reeder-Sanchez: Renaissance Art Faire
- Randy Summers: Newsletters and Publicity
- Jeannine Summers: Membership
- Jan Archey: FaceBook coordinator
- Mary Lou LaCasse: Exhibition Coordinator
- Letha Rushing: Co-Chair Empty Bowls
- Cindy Waddell: Web Mistress
The minutes from the last Board Meeting have not been posted yet. Updated will be available soon
The Guild operates from its By-Laws.
There currently are 64 members. Annual dues are $25 collected by February each year. Full time students can join for $15.