Author Archive for paperclay

Friendships in Clay

Opening Reception November 22 4-6 PM
Show runs November 22, 2019 – January 24, 2020
Shining Stone of Abiquiu
2 Co Rd 187 Abiquiu, NM 87510 (505) 685-4271
Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
I am proud to participate in this show of 9 ceramic artists at the Shining Stone Gallery in Abiquiu. For this exhibit I put together a group of figurative sculptures I felt were appropriate as a “cast of characters” among a cast of character artists. We are all different but love to work and play together.

Lee Akins
Barbara Campbell
Matt Seikel
Luisa Baldinger
Judy Nelson-Moore
Michael Thornton
Jacquita Beddo
Andrea Pichaida
Frank Willett

Wall sculpture by Judy Nelson-Moore, unfired, painted paper clay
Judy Nelson-Moore: If I Only Knew What She Was Thinking

Ceramic art at Friendships in Clay, Shining Stone Gallery, Abiquiu
Work of Lee Akins, Andrea Pichaida and Frank Willett
Jacquita Beddo, curator of the exhibit says this about the show: Ceramic artists are kind of a rare breed among the art world. They often talk about their “clay community” which is something they alone in the art world share. Where competition may rule in many groups of artists this “clay community” sets itself apart. While “clay community” means different things to different folks it is usually centered around friendship. This is a friendship that is firmly rooting in sharing. We share techniques, knowledge, and our lives. While our lives are different, and our areas of expertise vary wildly, we share that precious gift in life of true honest friendship.  The artists in this show are all members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artist (NMPCA), where many of these friendships began and are nurtured.
Friendships in Clay opens with an Opening Reception November 22 from 4 – 6 PM and will run through January 24, 2020. The Opening Reception is sure to be a fun night with food, wine and art. 
The show is being held at the new gallery “Shining Stone of Abiquiu.” Abiquiu is the wonderful little village that was home to Georgia O’Keeffe and is now the home of the Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center. “Shining Stone of Abiquiu” is owned by Matthew Seikel and specializes in handmade ceramics. It is also the home of “Seikel Ceramics Studio” where Matthew works with wild clays and minerals local to the region. 
The “Shining Stone of Abiquiu” is across the road from the Bodes general store. Bodes has been a part of the Abiquiu community for literally 100 years, Martin Bode gave the place it’s name when he purchased it in 1919 and yes, it is still a general store. While you don’t find a full line of hardware there anymore you can find Lodge Ironware, enamelware, and myriad of hiking, camping, fishing supplies. They also have a green chili cheeseburger that is among the best in New Mexico.
Come and marvel at this wonderful show in this magical place.
Work by Luisa Baldinger and Michael Thornton

Blue Spiral

Blue Spiral, View 2. Fired paper clay. Two pieces.

Two pieces can be placed in different configurations.
Above: 7″t x 18″w x 8″d
Fired paper clay, refired with glaze, stain, love letter inscribed inside. At right, 11″t x 12″w x 9″d.


Gallimaufry (medley), 13" t x 30" wide x 13" d, fired paper clay with glaze
Gallimaufry (medley), 13" t x 30" wide x 13" d, other side showing finish of clay, engobe, and stains
Gallimaufry is a word for medley.
13″ t x 30″ wide x 13″ d
fired paper clay with glaze on one side, stains and slips on the other side


Creating urns to hold ashes in memory of beloved family or friends, or pets has been a privilege. These urns are also lovely decorative jars. The unfired urn is intended to be able to place ashes in nature where the jar and the ashes will gradually return to the earth.

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Older Work

Dancing House

Dancing House, fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media. 19"t x 12"w x 9"d
Dancing House, View 1

Fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media.

19″t x 12″w x 9″d

Four feet stand on a mushroom shaped base. Colors are red, orange, purple, gray, yellow, maroon. Part of the “house” series of the 1990’s and 2000’s.

I have worked on the theme of the house off and on since 1994 when my husband and I undertook to build our own house.  These pieces communicate on many levels.  Everyone loves to explore other houses to learn more about those who live there, and this sense of finding a hidden story animates these sculptures.  I feel the house image is a metaphor for the inner self and aspects of ourselves we discover through life events. 

The clay sculptures in this series, built with slab, coil and pinched methods, are intensely colored and varied in size and shape.   I fire each piece several times at a variety of temperatures and use many methods to achieve the surfaces, which vary from bright to subtle colors; rich buttery surfaces to dry-velvety or bubbly, cracked, and cratered effects.  Considering these are images of buildings, they show unusual movement:  They sway, dance, rock on their foundations, fly, sail, ride on the backs of animals or in a death cart, and have stairways to the roof.    

Dancing House, fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media. 19"t x 12"w x 9"d


Fired paper clay ceramic sculpture, fabric

Fired paper clay sculpture. Lizard glazes. Fabric.

8″h x 18″w x 9″d

Black/White, fired paperclay sculpture with fabric.
Black/White, 8″h x 18″w x 9″d

Cholla Bowl

This sculpture is fun because it can be placed in different positions for variety. The holes were initially inspired by the cholla plant. The piece was glaze fired initially. I liked the texture of the lichen glaze especially on the bottom (lower image). Then, I decided to push the color into a more organic direction, so I put a very thin layer of terra sigillata and fume fired the piece. Got some nice maroon fuming, while retaining the red/orange underglaze in the interior.

8″h x 11″w x 9″d

Paper clay, multi-fired, glazed and saggar fired


Spiral.  5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d Saggar fired paper clay by Judy Nelson-Moore.
5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d
Saggar fired paper clay

6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Saggar fired paper clay

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Lichen Pods

Lichen Pods Sculpture
6.5”t x 14”w x 3”d
Saggar fired paper clay

6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Paper clay, lichen glaze fired to cone 06, then saggar fired

Small pocket closed forms with sharp clay points and colorful crusty surface. These small pieces are a pair that go together. I call them “pods” because they resemble organic seed pods. The lichen glaze imparts cracks and crustiness while the saggar firing brings organic colors into the piece.