ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Get ready to get your hands dirty during the Silver City Clay Festival.
The event continues today through July 21. It will feature numerous events including workshops, demonstrations, presentations, lectures and youth activities.
Potter and builder Mary Giardina will lead the “Adobe Building Mud Immersion” workshop from Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at Wild Crafted Clay Pottery Studio in Cliff, N.M.
Attendees will learn how to make wild harvested adobe blocks and bricks to build structures as well as how to create mixes to construct walls and other things.
“She started restoring an adobe building that was on her property which has now become her pottery studio and in the process she learned all about building with clay and mud,” said Jessa Tumposky, communications specialist for the Clay Festival. “The workshop is happening at her studio so there will be both demonstrations and lectures and hands-on stuff happening. She will be able to tour everyone around her own work, working on the adobe studio and she’s also going to cover some other natural building techniques that people in her community use in both Cliff and Gila, New Mexico.”
Clay has a historical and cultural significance to Navajo artist Romaine Begay, which he will share during the “Clay Hand Building and Carving Your History” workshop Tuesday, July 16, through Thursday, July 18, at Leyba & Ingalls, 315 N. Bullard St. in Silver City. Begay, who is a clay artist, also has a background in painting and teaches in the Cobre School District.