NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 5:00PM: The GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting meets again at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. Doors open at 5PM for folks to socialize and get settled. Light refreshments provided and OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) and beverage. Meeting starts at 5:30PM sharp with a brief to nonexistent business meeting followed at 5:45PM by our featured speaker, the redoubtable archaeologist Chris Adams. Chris will showcase for us the Feather Imagery Depicted on Mimbres Pottery. Expect meeting to adjourn about 7:00PM. As ever, 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: February 5, 2023, we will meet at 10:00 AM at the MAREC HQ at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. We will have the Allard Bartlett and George Coleman collections on display with other select items including the GCAS's replica Clovis tool kit and a comparative sampling of artifact seashells and their modern counterparts. Possible trip to the nearby McAnally site may be included!

August 17, 2022, Via Zoom: Our Featured Speaker: Manuel DueƱas Garcia
Register Now for the 2022 Mogollon Conference

Presenters Sought for October's Southwest Kiln Conference

Swkiln2021-7The 2022 Southwest Kiln Conference is coming to town from Friday, Oct. 7 thru Sunday, Oct. 9 at Silver City's own Western New Mexico University. The WNMU Museum and director Danni Romero are hosting a conference room in the museum for lectures, and WNMU is providing an open space for the firing of the kilns. However, here's what SW Kiln needs from pottery-oriented folks right now:

"We are looking for folks who would like to present subjects on prehistoric pottery making on Friday and would welcome interested parties to send a note back on a subject you may want to present on."

 

For those unfamiliar, "The Southwest Kiln Conference attracts a diverse group of people with a shared interest in better understanding prehistoric southwestern pottery. Expect to meet potters who work in a variety of ceramic traditions, making replicas of Anasazi, Hohokam and Mogollon pottery. The conference will offer glimpses of the entire process from collecting raw clay, to forming pots and of course firing. All are welcome and the conference is free and open to the public."

Anyone interested in giving a presentation in the format of their choice can contact SW Kiln directly via their website, at https://www.swkiln.com/contact/. Please share your knowledge as part of this entertaining and informative weekend!

In other updates, Bob Casias of Southwest Kiln reports that:

  • WNMU has designated a parking area for conference attendees to park their RVs, trucks, trailers, etc. overnight throughout the conference. There are no RV dump stations or water/electrical hookups at this spot but if interested, contact Southwest Kiln prior to the conference for a map showing where to park if needed.
  • If you are planning on being in Silver City on Thursday October 6, Southwest Kiln will meet at the museum around noon to go out and collect firewood for the firings. They will appreciate everyone's help with this effort.
  • Tori Hoopes will be holding a demonstration on Friday evening, October 7, between 6:00-8:00, on building corrugated pots. Tori is a talented potter and her demonstration of her techniques will be terrific.
  • Registration is now open on the Southwest Kiln website! Please register as early as possible so Southwest Kiln can plan for the conference dinner and T-shirt purchases; see the T-shirt design on their registration page (spoiler: it's a Mimbres bat!). Southwest Kiln asks that folks put in their order prior to September 1, so that all T-shirts are ready for the kickoff of the conference.

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