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AZTEC — Friday night artists and community members gathered inside Feat of Clay, a gallery, for the "Any Thing Goes Holiday Show," which will be running until Jan. 19.

The holiday show features all 13 members of the Feat of Clay co-op.

Lona Worne, a gourd artist and co-op member, said the show provides an opportunity to show talents that aren't normally seen. For Worne, this meant hand-made books and "mad housewife" jewelry.

In addition, Worne also had her gourd art on display. Worne said one of the challenges to working with gourds is that every single gourd is different. They have lumps, bumps and blemishes that Worne has to work around or into her art.

Oil paintings by Curt Stafford, a local landscape artist, were displayed on the walls. Stafford started painting as a boy and studied art history. Five years ago, he returned to painting.

Stafford said he prefers painting with oils because it was the paint used by the old masters. While acrylic has gained popularity in recent years and has an advantage of drying faster than oil, Stafford said oil lasts longer.

Stafford said he joined the Feat of Clay co-op because it allowed him to have a permanent place to display his work.

Jewelry artists Pip Howard and Sandy Martin also had their work displayed. Both artists said they don't draw out a plan when they begin making jewelry.

"I choose colors or a focal point or something and try to find what complements it," Martin said.


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Howard added that the objects they combine to make jewelry are not always what people expect. For instance, Howard might find a recycled item to use in her jewelry.

Howard and Martin said that while their jewelry is unique, they have similar techniques and influence each other's work.

They said they joined the coop because it is a reasonably priced forum where they can have a lot of say about what they put in it. Howard said galleries select which pieces are displayed while at Feat of Clay, the artist decides.

Martin and Howard also said the co-op provides a location for the community to buy local crafts.

Feat of Clay is located at 107 S. Main Street in Aztec. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.



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