Judy Nelson-Moore

Specialty: Ceramic Sculpture

Succulent Bouquet

Succulent Bouquet

Blue Spiral 2

Blue Spiral 2

White Ribbons

White Ribbons

Judy Nelson-Moore

Artist Statement

My life journey is like my work in clay...I enter into the journey.  I push the clay to the edge to try new experiences. The result is about what I encounter along the way and how it feels to change. What better medium than clay to explore the process of change. Clay is the very substance produced by the earth's change processes. I ask the clay what it wants to do.  Entering into the change process, not trying to control it, not letting it control me, but interacting, observing, appreciating, nudging here, and getting pushed back there.  I tell my fingers to follow the clay on its travels. When I turn around and look at the work, I see a mirror of my own inner journey. When I am working with the clay, it feels like the clay is engaging me in a dialogue about where it wants to go.

Having worked in clay for 40 years, I consider myself an outsider artist.  I do not follow established paths, methods, or styles.  I have always thought of myself as a rebel, in the artist arena, in business, and in other areas of life. 

Artist Bio

Educational Background: BA, Humanities with Highest Distinction, Colorado State University, 1971

Numerous juried group exhibitions, regional and national, including

  • 2004-2019, Celebration of Clay, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, New Mexico

  • 2018, Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque, juried show, Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM

  • 2004, 2007, 2017 and 2019, From the Ground Up, juried show, Las Cruces Fine Art Museum, New Mexico

  • 2012, Ceramics SML, 5 ceramic artists exploring concept of scale, Rift Gallery, Rinconada, NM

  • 2012, Curated Show, Beauty in the Beast, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos

  • 2008, Curated Invitational Show, Occupying Forces, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, Colorado 

  • 2002, Houses in Transition, Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

  • 2000, Messengers from the Borderlands, Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

  • 1996, Up Close, one person show, Santa Fe Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

  • 1995, Clay Journeys, one person show, Santa Fe Contemporary Art, Santa Fe


  • 2016, Celebration of Clay, Albuquerque, online People’s Choice Award 

  • 2015, Celebration of Clay, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Award of Merit with Cricket Appel, collaboration.  

  • 2013, Harnack/Lancaster Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Ceramic Arts, NMPCA Celebration of Clay, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • 2007, Celebration of Clay, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, Albuquerque, Best of Show

  • 2006,  Celebration of Clay southern, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, Alamogordo, Best of Show 

  • 2006, Celebration of Clay, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, Albuquerque, Honorable Mention 

  • 2004, Las Cruces Potters Guild Award of Excellence at show “From the Ground Up”, Las Cruces Fine Art Museum 

  • 2002, Honorable Mention, A Celebration of Clay, NMPA, Albuquerque 

  • 1992, First Place, Figurative Show, Cone 10 Gallery, Albuquerque

Professional Affiliations:

  • New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, numerous positions including President, Vice-President, webmaster, newsletter editor

  • New Mexico State Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Artist Registry webmaster


2003-2019 Conduct workshops in topics: paper clay, saggar firing, surfacing clay sculpture, Santa Fe, Ghost Ranch, Los Angeles, El Rito and Denver


For more information about this artist:

Artist Website: www.judynelsonmoore.com

Artist Contact: judy@nelsonmoore.com