Finn's Gallery is located in the Texas/Yankie Art District at 300 N. Arizona (entrance is on Yankie) in the iconic and historic Harry Benjamin House. The space is filled with an eclectic mix of pottery, paintings, sculptures and much, much more. You'll be delighted by all that you see from the front entrance to the back yard that is filled with hidden treasures and a lovely koi pond. Their house potter is Peter Kaiser. Visit their Facebook page for information on upcoming shows.
Leyba & Ingalls ARTS supply store has been an integral part of the Silver City's downtown Historic District since 1996. In addition to the gallery, Leyba & Ingalls ARTS offers high quality framing and art supplies, as well as hosts art classes and cultural events. Owner Diana Ingalls-Leyba is a talented artist and active participant in the Silver City art scene, including the MRAC Youth Mural Program (another part of the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail that we'll visit later on). Leyba & Ingalls ARTS is home to local Silver City clay artists, including Zoe Wolfe and Romaine Begay. Be sure to visit this site on your trip along the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. There are so many treasures here - both large and small!
The Blue Dome Gallery is located in the Yankie/Texas art district in Historical Downtown Silver City, New Mexico. Blue Dome, winner of the 2016 Reader's Choice Award by Silver City Sun News, is the sister gallery to the Blue Dome Gallery located at the Bear Mountain Lodge. The downtown location is home to about a dozen clay and porcelain artists including John McNulty, Suzy Calhoun, Todd Shelby and Karen Pritchard, Jessica Wilson, Don Sprague, Barb Campbell and Larry Davidson. Blue Dome Gallery has been a premier gallery in Silver City since 1999.
Mariah Walker took over ownership of the Copper Quail Gallery, an anchor of the Silver City art scene, in June of this year. Mariah moved to Silver City five years ago from Madison, WI where she was a teacher. Her aunt is a prolific watercolorist and introduced Mariah to painting. Her work is full of vibrant color. She is currently working on her masters degree at NMSU when she's not running the gallery. Mariah's Copper Quail is currently home to four clay artists- Martyn Apley, Phoebe Lawrence, Chris Sowers, and Wasechek. The gallery is located at 211 A N Texas on the corner of Texas and Yankie and is open Tuesday-Thursday 11-4, Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-4.
The Seedboat Gallery is a very modern looking yet elegant gallery along the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. Located in the Historic District in downtown Silver City, New Mexico, the Seedboat Gallery is home to many of the West's top artists, including clay artists Kate Brown, Dave Roberts, Patrick Crabb, Beth Menczer, and Kathryn Allen. The gallery space was once a warehouse built and owned by one of Silver City's pioneer women, Elizabeth Warren, in 1911, and the building was the first in New Mexico to have a designated deed of easement to preserve a historical facade. The gallery often hosts community and cultural events, as well as art shows and openings. The clay art displayed here is of gallery quality, as is all the art and jewelry they show. This is one site you most definitely do not want to miss on your Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail journey!
214 W. Yankie Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Open Thur.-Sat. 11am-5pm and Mon.-Wed. by appointment
The Silver City Trading Company and Antique Mall is located at 205 W. Broadway Street in Silver City, New Mexico. This giant store has been in business for over twenty years as a second-hand and consignment store with over twelve individual sellers. The mall is home to two local clay artists - Coralee Mercado and Rita Sherwood. Additionally, there are literally dozens of clay treasure to be found throughout the Antique Mall. Wandering through the displays, we found over 100 pots, mugs, bowls, and decorative items by artists unknown, but all beautiful and interesting nonetheless. Plan to spend extra time here, as you are bound to get lost browsing the aisles and won't want to miss a single item!
205 W. Broadway Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 12pm-4pm
Mary Giardina of Wild Crafted Clay Pottery has been a potter for over thirty years. She began her journey with clay in the 70s when she traveled all throughout the United States studying with different potters. During this time, she was exposed to many different styles and techniques. Gradually, she found her own style as an artist. In the 90s, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied herbs and began combining plants into her work with clay. She now has her own studio in Cliff, New Mexico, where she makes her own glazes and is able to sustain herself through the sale of her pottery, as well as selling goods such as wild flowers and garlic at the Silver City Farmers' Market. She is currently in the process of building a new studio space on her land, where she hopes to be able to hold workshops and teach ceramic arts to local children. If you are interested in visiting Mary's Wild Crafted Clay Pottery studio, please call 575-535-2151 to make an appointment first.
8 Watson Mountain View Road
Cliff, NM 88038
Open by appointment only
If you're looking for a quiet getaway on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail, look no further than the Casitas de Gila Guesthouses. The five adobe Casitas (or “little houses") are located on 265 acres of private land near the Gila Wilderness about 45 minutes northwest of Silver City, New Mexico. Each casita is unique, but they each had a lovely kiva fireplace and all the comforts of home. There is much to do on the property - hiking, birding, rockhounding, stargazing and much more. We were impressed with the views, as well as the gallery full of pottery by talented artists such as Jude Wasechek and Mary Giardina (Keep an eye out for our next post covering Mary's site along the Clay Arts Trail - Wild Crafted Clay Pottery). The adobe buildings are so warm and welcoming. They blend into the earth, enhancing the beauty of the property. The casitas are open year-round and are available for a night or for a month. The gallery is always open, too. Just be sure to call ahead to let them know you are coming. Your cellphone won't work there (they have WiFi - don't worry!), so this is truly the place to go to get away from it all. Check out their website for more information - http://www.casitasdegila.com/index.html.
50 Casitas Flats Road
Gila, NM 88038
Call for open hours
This Log Cabin Curio Shop and Museum is one of the oldest sites on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. The building, a log cabin, was built in 1860 and once housed the first public school in Grant County. The building has been owned by the same family, the Schafers, since 1865. The gift shop and museum are full of historical artifacts, souvenirs, and books, as well as lots and lots of ceramic art. They have pottery from a variety of potters, including Steve Quarell and Roe Begay, as well as Mimbres pottery, Mata Ortiz pottery, and traditional Navajo Horsehair pottery.
The Log Cabin Curio Shop and Museum is located at 33 Main Street in the small village, right across from the famed Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House. When you visit, make sure you ask Candice if you can see her chickens, and be sure to try some of their delicious ice cream. It’s open daily from 10am-5pm, and can be contacted by phone at 575-388-1882.
33 Main Street
Pinos Altos, NM 88061
Open Mon.-Sun. 10am-5pm
The Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge is located on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail just outside of Silver City, New Mexico. The lodge itself was built in 1928 and has been beautifully maintained by the owners Linda Brewer and her partner, John Rohovec. The building was originally the "Rocky Mountain Ranch School," a home for "mentally peculiar" children, but was closed during the Great Depression. The property was re-opened in 1932 as a country club and hotel. Since then, the lodge changed owners many times, but was always used for guest lodging. In 1999, the lodge was donated to The Nature Conservancy, who remodeled it and maintained it until 2009 when it was purchased by Brewer and Rohovec.
The lodge, the gallery, and the surrounding grounds are full of gorgeous pottery, ceramics, functional clay, clay sculptures, as well as paintings, metal sculptures, and other kinds of artwork. The lodge displays work from over 40 clay artists, both locally and nationally known. There is even a whimsical "puma bench" where you can sit and take in the views on one of the many hiking trails on the property.
We encourage you to visit this unique property on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. Visitors are always welcome and their restaurant is open for dinner and weekend brunch (call 24 hours in advance for a reservation). You can find much more information on their website - www.bearmountainlodge.com.
60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road
Silver City, NM 88061
Open Mon.-Sun. 9am-5pm