Archive for Michael Thornton

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