La Placita Development off the Table

At thisdsc_1821 time the Las Cruces City Manager, Stuart Ed, has decided not to grant a lease to the developer to fence an area of the La Placita Corridor. He encouraged the developer that if they wanted to move forward that they could take it to the Mayor and City Council. Stuart Ed felt La Placita is unified experience and the art and the space are integrated into one experience and valued by the community.

Time Sensitive Decision on La Placita

dsc_8957The City of Las Cruces is considering a proposal to lease about 85% of the sidewalk on the north side of La Placita to a private developer. La Placita is not a park, but instead considered a right of way like a road or a sidewalk. Yesterday, the developer revealed a new plan (see photo). The business is required by law to install a permanent fence since they plan to sell alcohol. The fence would be 6-12 inches away from the Sun and Earth ceramic mosaic.  The fence will be opaque and about 42 inches tall. On Monday December 12th the City Manager will announce his decision, it will not go to City Council.
The main changes that will occur will be that 2 of the 5 planters will be removed on the north side and 2 of the 5 will become part of the leased property. Only one plantar will be accessible for public seating. In the photo pictured, the entire sidewalk on the left side would be fenced. How would a fence change you experience of the mosaic? City Manager, Stuart C. Ed at by 11 am Monday morning.





La Placita, ‘Earth and Cosmos’ mosaic may be fenced


The City of Las Cruces is considering a proposal to lease part of La Placita Park and Earth and Cosmos mosaic to a private developer. The business is required by law to install a permanent fence since they plan to sell alcohol. This decision will not go to the City Council. The decision to lease La Placita and give permission for a private business to fence off part of the park is at the discretion of the City Manager.

If you would like to make your thoughts known, please contact the new City Manager, Stuart C. Ed at by this Thursday.




New DACC Ceramics Lab to Hold Open House

Glenn Hands while throwingDona Ana Community College (DACC) will hold an open house to showcase a new ceramics studio. The Open House will be held from 3:30-5:30 on Friday, December 2 at the Workforce Center at 2345 East Nevada Street, Las Cruces, NM.

“The new laboratory provides the equipment necessary to complete all phases of ceramic production from preparing clay, forming and decorating ceramic wares and glaze firing finished art works,” said Art Professor Glenn Schwaiger. “Previously we were teaching classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. We appreciate the museum letting us work there but classes were limited by space and growth potential, so to have this new lab will help our students immensely.”

The lab features three electric kilns, a raku kiln, and a natural-gas shuttle kiln. The three different types of kilns enable students to explore firing techniques and atmospheres. The studio also has nine electric and two electric/kick potters wheels which are used to form clay into symmetrical shapes such as cups, bowls and vases.

The studio features a slab roller, clay extruder, student storage and new work tables. A well-equipped glaze room for formulating and preparing ceramic slips and glazes helps students finish their work. Rounding out the lab equipment are a clay mixer and pug mill.

DACC ceramics classes include ART 275 and ART 276, complimentary courses that introduce the techniques of hand-building, wheel throwing and glazing. High-fire and low-fire clays are used. The classes will be offered days, evenings and on Saturday during the spring 2017 semester.

Schwaiger, recently returned from Jingdezhen, China where he observed and was inspired by artists whose lineage in porcelain production dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1269). Schwaiger believes that his three-month study of Chinese art history, culture, and ceramics will enhance his ability to teach students about ceramic arts.

“We invite the community to come and see our new studio,” Schwaiger said.

Contact: Glenn Schwaiger (575) 527-7752

Photo by LeeAnn Meadows





Lecture Today

CarrymanHandcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods this Thursday, June 23rd, at 6 p.m. at the Shannon Room at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main Street, Las Cruces, NM

Glenn Schwaiger, artist and Full Professor at NMSU/DACC, recently completed a three-month study of Chinese art history, culture, and ceramics in Jingdezhen, China. He will present photographic highlights of his travel in China and discusses the unique collaborative working methods of porcelain production in Jingdezhen.

Jingdezhen has been a major center for Imperial, domestic, and export porcelain for more than 1000 years. Ceramic artists in Jingdezhen perfected the materials and processes required to produce porcelain during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Today, skilled craftspeople work in concert to produce a broad range of porcelain objects from simple production wares to large-scale sculptures.



Photo Set Up

Photo Set up croppedMy wife, LeeAnn, has been taking digital photography classes for a couple of years.  Instead of buying professional lighting, she asked me to help her hang a piece of insulation from the ceiling to act as a reflector and to install a pulley for a gray seamless backdrop.

Here is a photo of the set up with 90 watt LED bulbs clipped on to the edge of the table and of one of my pots that I made last year.  The only caveat is that she has to photograph when it is dark out, to control the lighting, as my studio is full of natural light.  Stay tuned as she plans to take more photos of my work. . .




Handmade in China Lecture on YouTube

The February 23rd, 2016 lecture, Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods, was recorded by the Creative Media Technology Students at Doña Ana Community College.

If you live in Las Cruces and want to see this presentation live, please note this upcoming lecture:

Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods

Lecture, Thursday, June 23rd 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water Street


Doña Ana Community College Art Reception and Save the Date for Lecture

160428 Art Opening


Please join me to celebrate art at Doña Ana Community College this Thursday, April 28th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

The artwork of Míhaíl Chemíakin, a Russian artist currently exiled in France, is on display in the Main Building Mezzanine at the DACC East Mesa Campus. Chemíakin’s unique colorful and playful prints are reminiscent of Cubist and Surrealist styles.  In the Mezzanine, I have a display case highlighting traditional ceramics from China and several of the works I made during my sabbatical in Jingdezhen. The printmaking students of Ouida Touchon have a lovely display case also.



Save the DATE I will be speaking in Las Cruces about:

Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods

Lecture, Thursday, June 23rd 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water Street

Evening and Weekend Ceramic Classes at Doña Ana Community College


Doña Ana Community College is investing in a brand-new, fully equipped Ceramics Lab at the Workforce Center, 2345 E. Nevada St. Las Cruces, NM.  I have worked with the architects and DACC/NMSU Facilities to design a first class lab, which will be operational for Fall Semester 2016.  Best of all, DACC will expand the course offerings.  I’ll be teaching daytime, evening and weekend ceramics classes.



Learn how to:

  • hand-build and use a potter’s wheel
  • decorate and glaze ceramic wares
  • load and fire gas and electric kilns

Register now- classes begin August 17th

The following classes are open to everyone and there are no prerequisites:

Art 275 T/Th 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Art 276 T/Th 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Art 275 Saturday 12:00-5:00 p.m.


For more info contact: Glenn Schwaiger or 575-525-1625

If you are over 65 and a NM resident,
you pay $5 per credit hour (additional
fees may apply).  Here is the link for tuition information: Reduced Tuition for Senior Citizens




Wonderful Audience

Thank you to the generous Las Cruces audience in attendance for my presentation this evening.  It was heartwarming to see so many supportive friends and the ceramics community.  Appreciation to the NMSU Confucius Institute and the Department of Art for sponsoring the event and special thanks to Elvira Mason, Jacky Wu and my wife, LeeAnn.  The presentation was videotaped and will be available in time at New Mexico State Confucius Institute website.