NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35! Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, to protect vulnerable resources we offer our field trips to members only. Members’ invited guests are welcome, as long as they ride in that member’s vehicle.

Online Via Zoom: Our August 18, 2021, Featured Speaker, David Lee
Virtual Tour of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

Upcoming Workshop in Utah: "Painting Pottery the Ancient Way"

CaverpaintingIf you plan to travel to the Blanding, Utah area in late September, you may want to join a special one-day ceramics event on Thursday, September 23, 2021, to precede this year's Southwest Kiln Conference. It's a one-afternoon workshop in ancient ceramics painting techniques hosted by Cherylene Caver and Tori Hoopes, both accomplished ceramics replicators. Their announcement for "Painting Pottery the Ancient Way" describes,

Students will complete a bowl or mug with a design of their choice. Pieces will then be fired in the group kiln on Saturday morning. The 5 hours of instruction will include how to prepare organic paint, mineral based paint, how to make a yucca brush and tips on how to "pull a line", how to load a yucca brush, "getting into the flow", how to deal with mistakes, pros and cons of green vs. dried yucca leaf, as well as endless other tips!

Students please bring your own reference material for your design.

Thursday September 23rd, 12:00 p.m. in the upstairs classroom at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding Utah.

Class Fee is based on your choice of form
Bowl (appx. 6" in diameter) - $100
Mug (appx. 3.5" tall) - $150

All pieces are unique and handmade of wild collected clays and materials, fully slipped and burnished.

Maximum enrollment - 20 (Register soon - only 14 seats left!!)
To register go to to send an email message asking to sign up. Include your name and email address.

Deposit and payment arrangements available. Cancellation refunds, full or a percentage, are based on date notified, whether the spot can be filled by the waiting list and extreme circumstances.  

Firing is not guaranteed and will not be attempted if area is under fire danger or ban.

No ceramics experience required, just a deep love of ancient pottery
and the people who made it.​

Workshop announcement is here, and learn more at the Home page here.​​​​​​​​​​​​​ If you attend this workshop, please drop the GCAS webmaster a line and tell us how it went!

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