• CULTURAL CROSSROADS

October 23, 2018

A blend of cultures and traditions old and new make Santa Fe an enchanting craft destination.

By Kelly Murphy for American Craft Magazine

Set in the sun-drenched Southwest landscape, Santa Fe is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities global network, recognized for craft, folk art, and design.

Ralph Scala is a ceramist and instructor at SANTA FE CLAY studio and gallery. For a long time, clay wasn’t hip, he says, but now he sees artists from other mediums getting “obsessed” with it. “What’s so cool is they’re not carrying those centuries of ceramic history on their back. When they’re looking at stuff fresh, they find a new way of working that makes you realize, ‘Oh yeah, you can do that.’ ” Recently, SANTA FE CLAY, housed in a renovated warehouse, has begun offering an all-access pass for artists of all levels, which grants them unlimited studio access and participation in any of that season’s workshops. “There can be a ton of diversity within a class sometimes, which is great,” Scala says. “Somebody really familiar with the material next to someone new [to it] sparks ideas for the person beside them, and vice versa."

While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by SANTA FE CLAY to browse in their shop and gallery as well as peek into the studios of local potters.

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