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Potter’s Guild honors ‘Fire and Fiber United’ 2020 winners


The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces presents “Fire and Fiber United,” an exhibit featuring 14 pieces made by 10 artist pairs: a clay artist and a fiber artist.

In each case, the two artists collaborated to produce an art piece that is balanced and cohesive using clay and fibrous materials. The show will open Saturday, Aug. 1, at Las Cruces Clay & Studio, 614 E. Lohman Ave., with a reception from 5-7 p.m. open to the public, with social distancing observed and facemasking required.

The Potters’ Guild has offered this biennial show since 2000. 

Participating this year are guild members Vickie Morrow, Liz Fisher, Jan Preston Archey, Mary Lou LaCasse, Barbara Williams, Randy Summers, Jeannine Summers, Linda Reeder-Sanchez, Joe Angelo and Bonnie MacQuarrie, along with fiber artists Kathy Baker, Leon Nastacio, Christina Campbell, Georgia Jones, Deanna Rankin, Karen Dahmer, Anne Angelo, Lynn Breckenridge, Patricia Black and Nancy Savage.

The show debuted at the Deming Art Center for the month of July and was juried by Noël Sandino, a Las Cruces printmaker, painter and fine arts teacher.

Award winners are, first place: Vickie Morrow and Kathy Baker for “Confined”; second place: Liz Fisher and Christina Campbell for “Rising”; third place: Jan Preston Archey and Deanna Rankin for “Gathering at the Edge”; and honorable mention: Jeannine Summer and Karen Dahmer for “El Verde.”

 “Collaboration in the arts has excited me for the last few years and the idea of combining clay works or pottery with textiles of some sort is fascinating,” Sandino said. “I was anticipating an interesting show and that is what the Guild has achieved.”

Las Cruces Clay & Studio is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Ceramic classes are offered for beginners to advanced students. Contact Peter Paulos at 775-291-0210.