GATHERED ARTISTS 2019
Jen grew up in Buffalo NY, the oldest of six children who helped cultivate her sense of nurture and social responsibility. Her work celebrates identity, connection and survival. She integrates food and pottery through Gathered, a series of pop-up celebrations in partnership with Edible Magazine and local growers, chefs and artists. Together with ceramic artist Jane Gordon she co-founded the What Becomes Project, which recently received a Fulcrum Fund Award of 516 Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation to build community through collaborative clay sculpture. Jen partnered with writer and performer Ebony Booth to develop Burque Noir, an annual multi-media showcase for visual and performing artists in Albuquerque who are African American.
Jen earned a Liberal Arts Degree in Art and Writing from Houghton College and later moved to Albuquerque to pursue her MFA at the University of New Mexico where she also studied race, class and gender in American culture. She participated in UNM’s Land Arts of the American West program as a Teaching Assistant and maintains a strong ecological focus in her work. In 2008, Jen held her MFA exhibition, Home Economics, at the Harwood Art Center where she currently serves as the Associate Director of Community Outreach. She participates in national invitational and juried exhibitions including: Evocative Garden, NCECA Biennial, Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana; Small Favors at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; and Art in Craft Media at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Her writing has been published in the international journal, Ceramics, Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly.
Sarah Newberry moved to Taos, New Mexico in 2010 for a one-year Artist in Residence program at Taos Clay. She has been a full-time working ceramicist since the conclusion of the Taos Clay Residency and has held variety of roles at the studio and gallery. She is currently the Intern Coordinator for Taos Clay, a position where she gets to enjoy training people in ceramic techniques and studio management. She is also the Empty Bowls Liaison and arranges for Taos Clay to donate 300 bowls that raises funds to feed the hungry in Taos County.
Sarah challenges herself by continuing to learn new techniques, applying to short-term residencies, and working on group projects. Working with a strong group of women at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY helped Sarah further develop her work in fall of 2015. Events like Gathered, which collaborate with Edible New Mexico, local farmers, chefs, and brings community together for an experience through a shared meal is something Sarah will continue to explore.
Patty Bilbro was born in the Deep South to Midwestern parents. She moved to Asheville, NC in 1992 where she lived for nearly 20 years. During her time in Western North Carolina Patty completed an Associate Degree in Clay Production from Haywood Community College Craft School and a BA in Psychology from UNC-Asheville. Starting in 2007, she was a Studio Aide and then Resident Artist at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. Following her residency, she became a full time studio potter until moving to Baltimore, MD in 2011. From 2012 – 2016. Patty was a Resident Artist and Instructor at Baltimore Clayworks as well as an instructor for The Clay Studio Philadelphia. She received a Master’s Certificate in Ceramics from Hood College in 2017. Patty currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM and is an instructor at New Mexico Clay. She has over 20 years’ experience working with clay and is exhibited nationally and collected both nationally and internationally.
SEATING IS LIMITED
APRIL 6 DINNER Cost: $125, ticket price includes a salad plate from one of our potters.
MAY 18 BRUNCH Cost: $90, ticket price includes a salad plate from one of our potters.
*All sales are final, no refunds available (exchanges for another event may be made based on availability or you may transfer your ticket to another person). Do to the limited nature of the venues we cannot provide dietary substitutions.