Friday March 30, 2018
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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A grand reopening to celebrate a new mission of pottery-powered charity. Stock up on pottery, photography and ceramic art to support nonprofits.
Paseo Pottery is throwing …
a grand reopening bash to celebrate their new mission as a pottery-powered charity. The gala will be lubricated with intoxicants hand-crafted by Tumbleroot, Santa Fe’s first brewery AND distillery soon to open its doors. Attendees will get to cast a vote for their favorite local charity, and at night’s end the chosen non-profit will be announced and will receive Paseo Pottery’s net profits for 2018. Come visit artists at work in the studio and stock up on pottery, photography, and one-of-a-kind pieces of ceramic art knowing that your dollars will go to a great cause.
Though Paseo Pottery has been in business for nearly thirty years, it’s quite possible that you’ve never stopped in. We won’t judge you for it; it’s not easy to find. It’s housed inside a rustic little adobe built in the early 1900s tucked behind Sage Bakehouse near the plaza in Santa Fe. The space includes both a working ceramics studio and a retail gallery. In the studio, you’ll find member artists feverishly designing and creating. (Think muddy mayhem: whirling wheels, fiery kilns, and sundry clay-coated potting paraphernalia.) In the gallery, finished pieces are displayed beneath the soft glow of farmhouse chandeliers in the hip new showroom that member artists have just finished remodeling in reclaimed barn wood and rebar.
Paseo Pottery was founded in 1993 as an artists’ co-op of sorts by three of Santa Fe’s most renowned ceramic artists: Janet Williams, Mike Walsh, and Ginny Zipperer. The work of these founding potters will be on display at the grand reopening celebration, along with pieces by current member artists, Douglas Hough and Angela Smith Kirkman.
Douglas Hough is a graduate of Pratt Institute School of Art in New York City where he majored in painting and paid his way through school by working for a production potter. He relocated to the land of entrapment in the 90s and has been on the Santa Fe art scene ever since. You may have seen his sculptures around town, perhaps even sipped an espresso from one of his hand-carved mugs at Vinaigrette.
Angela Smith Kirkman is the latest addition in the group of artists, and her work is influenced by years spent traveling around the world. She specializes in rustic ceramic dinnerware and photography mounted on dumpster-diving booty. She’s eager to be taking over the management of Paseo Pottery and to launch its new charitable mission.
Paseo Pottery is joining the rank of a growing number of businesses with a fairly non-traditional business plan and experimenting with a radical form of conscious capitalism: cover costs, then donate rest in a way that will improve society. Going forward, Paseo Pottery will donate 100% of net profits to local charities. (Not the artists’ profits—mind you—but rather the profits made by the business itself by renting studio space, offering classes, etc.) One lucky local charity will be selected by party-goers on opening night and will receive all of Paseo Pottery’s profits in 2018.
Angela Smith Kirkman’s husband, Jason Kirkman, is the master brewer, distiller, and co-founder of Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, and her pottery will be featured in Tumbleroot’s new tap room, which will be opening this spring in the old Club Alegria. (Surely you remember the old Club Alegria? The hottest Latin Club Santa Fe has ever known? That rocking Wilco show back in the day? When they were still a country band? Public Enemy? Ozomatli? The Tragically Hip? And who can forget the Santa Famous “salsa priest” Father Pretto?) Lucky for us, Tumbleroot is currently brewing up a batch of Angela’s favorite beer, to be unveiled at Paseo Pottery’s grand opening.
Take home message: DON’T MISS THIS SHINDIG! Talk about a match made in heaven. Suds + Mud. Come for the pottery, come to support your favorite local charity, or just come for a sneak peek of what’s brewing at Tumbleroot.
Paseo Pottery. 1424 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Friday, March 30th, 5-9 PM. www.paseopottery.com