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If you're a clay artist, August/Sept will definitely be your favorite time of year!
Check out our workshops...


Judy Nelson-Moore

2-days with the best... Santa Fe paper clay artist extraordinaire


September 3rd and 4th
10am to 4pm

This hands-on workshop will explore the use of paper pulp added to clay to allow participants to break rules and achieve hand-built sculptural forms that would be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve working with standard clay. Participants will learn the process of making paper clay, explore traditional and non-traditional clay forming techniques, and discuss the many finishing  options that one may use. Hand-built pieces made in this workshop can be fired in the same manner as regular clay or may be left unfired and finished with cold surfacing. This will be a fun and informative 2-day workshop that may just open your eyes to an all new way to look at clay!

$395/Participant for 2-days, clay included 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT! Register Before It Fills!


Judy is an award-winning clay artist who works in her Santa Fe based, Dancing Mud Studio. She creates

fired and unfired sculpture, frequently adding mixed media during the construction process or after the firing. Judy grew up in Colorado and pursued dual careers as a computer software consultant and clay sculptor. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1971 and moved to NM with her husband, Jim, in 1992.  Since retiring from computer work in 2013, she concentrates on her clay work dedicated primarily to paper clay.  

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August 20th and 21st

10am to 4pm

An illuminating 2-day workshop with Taos artist and educator 

Jean Holmgren

Sgraffito Demystified!

This two-day immersive workshop will introduce you to sgraffito and allow you to release your inner clay artist. In addition to working the surface of the clay, we will explore design and drawing principles. Particular focus will be on the paper resist sgraffito technique and mishima, which is a wax resist method of inscribing or inlaying underglaze in smaller, more delicate lines. 

We encourage you to bring your existing leather-hard pieces (if you have any). If not, some leather-hard tumblers will be available for you (please be sure to let us know when you register) to apply your sgraffito patterns or figures with your newly acquired skill. Sgraffito is derived from the Italian “graffiare” (to scratch) which in clay terms is defined by applying an underglaze or slip and “scratching” away the colored surface to reveal the contrasting clay beneath.

$325/Participant + $6 for sgraffito tool (if you do not have one) 


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Jean Holmgren is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and

immigrated to Taos about three years ago. She is a recent clay convert, changing her long-time focus from graphic design and traditional media to the more substantial, utilitarian and evocative substrate of clay. Jean received her BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, Ohio) in Illustration and Graphic Design and earned her MFA from Memphis College of Art (Memphis,TN) in Studio Arts. Jean has worked as a freelance illustrator, a graphic designer, an instructor at University of Memphis and as an Assistant Professor at Memphis College of Art in Design Arts, Illustration concentration.


August 27th and 28th

A remarkable 2-day workshop with the incomparable 

 Debra Fritts


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Working from memory and the imagination, participants will construct a head using coils. Detail information will be shared on facial features. We will discuss the use of symbols to enable each piece to have a unique personal statement. Surface decoration on the wet clay will be explored by using slips, oxides, dry clay, and mark making.

$425/Participant for 2-days, clay included 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)


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Debra Fritts is a ceramic artist living and working in Abiquiu, NM. She earned a degree in art education at the university of Tennessee and continued her education in graduate studies in painting, ceramics, and printmaking. Working intuitively with clay, Debra’s sculptures have a narrative and spiritual quality which intrigues the viewer. Nature and daily living are her resources. Debra's work is included in many private and public collections, ceramic books and magazines.

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August 13th and 14th
10am to 4pm

A fascinating 2-day workshop presented by Santa Fe's amazing  

Luisa Baldinger


Known for her exquisite organic vessels that showcase a vast array of surface treatments and finishes, Luisa Baldinger has prepared a wonderful 2-day workshop to share her forming and finishing techniques with you. She will demonstrate how to transform soft slabs into lush and full forms, and how to bring surfaces to life with textures, multiple layering of terra sigillata & engobes, as well as other surface treatments. Participants will also be invited to fire their work at Luisa's Santa Fe studio in an aluminum foil saggar at a future date with only a small fee to cover firing expenses.

$395/Participant for 2-days, clay included 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)



A Santa Fe native, Luisa attended Colorado College and majored in art. Following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and lived in Peru where, high up in the Andes, she was introduced to pottery making. Back in the US, Luisa pursued graduate work at Ohio University and in 1968 began her career in ceramics. In 1980, she married Santa Fe potter Frank Willett and together they began an illustrious 40-year journey making functional and architectural ceramics. In 2003, she shifted her focus to concentrate on the development of her personal work.

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