NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 6:00PM: it's the GCAS annual holiday get-together at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City! Our holiday custom is to have a potluck with a virtually nonexistent business meeting and no official program, followed by a white-elephant gift exchange and general holiday good times. Dress festively and bring your best holiday dish to share! (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, December 3, 2023: our next field trip - GCAS members only - investigates the C-Bar Ranch area off of Highway 90. Meet at the car park just off of Hwy 90 in Tyrone in front of the US Post Office BEFORE 10:00 AM (this jumping-off spot is about 15-20 minutes’ drive from downtown Silver City but be mindful of possible delays due to Hwy 90 construction in downtown Silver City). The group will LEAVE FROM the Tyrone parking area at 10:00 AM sharp. Destinations: a shelter cave and beyond to a pictograph location. Leader Kyle Meredith explains that: “most vehicles should be able to drive to the site, although C-Bar Road is rough in spots. We encourage carpooling from the parking area in Tyrone to the site! From where our group will park on C-Bar Road it is a short walk to the shelter cave where we will see bedrock mortars and smoky ceilings. The hike to the pictographs is about one mile over some rough terrain and some easy trails. To see the pictographs it is necessary to do a little scrambling over rocks and boulders. Perhaps it’s not the season for rattlesnakes, but be aware that I have seen one on two different occasions.”

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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 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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