This exhibition explores physical communities fostered by digital social networks. CLAYSCOPE brings 7 nationally recognized potters to Santa Fe.

 Artist Reception: Friday, July 29th, 5-8 p.m.

Virgil Ortiz & King Galleries

150 W. Marcy St, Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 87501


August 1st - August 5th

About the Artists

Virgil Ortiz - Cochiti Pueblo, NM - Virgil Ortiz is one of the most innovative potters working today.  Heavily sought out by celebrities, royalty, and collectors alike, supernova American Indian artist Virgil Ortiz moves into a new era combining art, décor, fashion, video and photography. Hailing from a family of celebrated Pueblo potters, Ortiz’s exquisite clay works are exhibited worldwide from the National Museum of the American Indian, Foundation Cartier, the Netherlands and most recently his acclaimed, "Revolt 1680/2180" at the Denver Art Museum. Virgil is a co-creator of the social network based ceramic artist community CLAYSCOPE.

Adam Field - Helena, Montana - Born and raised in Colorado, Adam earned his BA in art from Fort Lewis College. For two years, he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began his full time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Ill Maan. In 2013 he created and premiered HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston, TX. After maintaining his studio in Durango,CO for 5 years, Adam moved to Helena, MT in 2013 where he was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. Adam is now a full time studio potter in Helena, MT. His Works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally. Adam is a co-creator of the social network based ceramic artist community CLAYSCOPE.

Neil Celani - Greeley, Colorado - Neil Celani is a full time studio potter making quality soda fired pots for daily use, he fires his work in a kiln he built in 2013. Neil has been working with clay for over a decade and continues to devote himself to the evolution of his skills and aesthetic approach to the craft. Neil was selected as a 2016 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist and is currently the Resident Artist at the Clay Center of Northern Colorado where he also manages the studio. Neil is obsessed with the endless variety of psychedelic surfaces achieved with soda, clay, and fire. Neil is a co-creator of the social network based ceramic artist community CLAYSCOPE.

Michael Kline - Bakersville, NC - Born in 1961 Wiesbaden, Germany. Michael has been a full time studio potter since 1993. He studied civil engineering, pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee and holds a BFA. He also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. From 1989-1998 Michael, along with Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor, produced pots from a cooperative wood kiln in Worthington, MA before being awarded a Resident Artist position at Penland in 1998. There he created a body of work in translucent porcelain and large-scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of NC. In 2001 Michael built a large wood burning kiln and studio in Bakersville, NC where he lives with his wife/goldsmith, Stacey Lane, and their two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian. Michael is a co-creator of the social network based ceramic artist community CLAYSCOPE.

Ben Carter - Santa Cruz, CA - Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in- residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was recently named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. He is also the author of articles featured in such publications as Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated as well as a full-length book, Mastering the Potter’s Wheel.

Rachel Donner - Santa Fe, NM - Rachel A Donner grew up in northern New Mexico in the small town of Taos. She earned her Bachelor's degree in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013. Donner has since been given multiple artist-in-residence opportunities and assistantships. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she works full time in her studio.

Justin Crowe - Santa Fe, NM - Justin Crowe is an artist and writer on an ongoing quest for experiences that bring richness to life in the Digital Age. Using the internet as a platform for his work, Crowe explores universal ideas that have been shifted by technology including community, sexuality, the self-portrait, and death. Crowe lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is also Director of Operations at CFile.

HP Bloomer - Santa Fe, NM - HP Bloomer IV was raised in central Texas in a household which embraced art and artistic expression. After finishing his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2007, he was the recipient of the Texas Arts & Crafts Scholarship and University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School Masters and Doctoral Fellowship. Upon completing his MFA in 2011 he moved to Colorado for a residency at the Carbondale Clay Center. During these two years he served as a studio technician at CCC while maintaining positions at Colorado Mountain College, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Harvey Meadows/Artstream Gallery. He has since been a Artist in Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and is currently the Studio Director for Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico. He has had work and articles published in Lark’s 500 Teapots, American iPottery, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly and continues to exhibit his work around the country. Currently he sells his work through Anderson Ranch Art Center, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, The Carbondale Clay Center, The Lions Nest, Eutectic Gallery, Lillstreet Art Center, and Santa Fe Clay.