Tomé Art Gallery’s first spring Kitchen Show

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Not so long ago the mugs we drank from, the plates we ate from, the aprons we wore to cook in and the dishes we used to serve from were all made by human hands.

Ungelbah Danile-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Potter and member of the Tomé Art Gallery Jan Pacifico will display her collection of unique handmade kitchenware at the Kitchen Show April 12 to May 12 along with several other artists.

Hand-formed ceramic kitchenware or hand-sewn aprons and table cloths were the norm before the advent of big box stores and imported goods.

And from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, May 12, many such items will be found at the Tomé Art Gallery for their first spring Kitchen Show.

Jan Pacifico, an artist at the co-operative gallery, said the gallery typically has a pottery show during the spring, but decided to expand it this year and bring in “other mediums,” such as aprons, pot holders, washcloths and table cloths.

The show is intended to be a precursor to Mother’s Day and will offer up a large collection of one-of-a-kind gifts for men, women, mother and fathers alike — anyone who enjoys cooking or a steaming cup of morning coffee.

“If you feel a handmade mug in your hand, it’s so much nicer than a commercially made cup,” says Pacifico, a potter. “It’s always nice to have practical things that are also artistic and beautiful.”

And a bonus is knowing that the materials used to make any of the kitchenware at Tomé Art Gallery are non-toxic, while still being dishwasher and microwave safe, says Pacifico.

Heidi Snell, another potter at the gallery, said that by simply swapping out a commercially made mug with a unique handcrafted one, something as simple as having a cup of tea can become a ritual.

“It feels nice to use real stuff,” Snell said. “When you buy something special for someone, you think of the gift giver when you use it.”

The Kitchen Show will have an opening with an artists reception from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 14. Guests will be treated to homemade foods cooked in the artists’ own wares, including a legendary quiche cooked to perfection in a Pacifico quiche dishes, and a casserole created in a Chris Lunsford casserole dish, which he says holds the heat excellently.

Other artists exhibiting in the Kitchen Show will be potters Linda Apton and Dora Hernandez; Debbie Christensen, with pot holders; Deb Schwartz, with aporns; and Toni Edwards with ceramics, washcloths and tablecloths.

There will also be a book signing by local authors Marty Dorsey and Naomi Clay Horse. Doresy is the author of “Grandmother and Spidar,” a children’s book. Clay Horse published her book, “I Killed Mom…Again,” in October 2012 and said it is an human interest story of a senior daughter care taking a senior mother.

Pacifico said the Kitchen Show will have everyday art available for purchase that can’t be found anywhere else, such as garlic roasters, batter bowls with handles and spouts to whisk batter or eggs in and personal-sized quiche dishes and little cups that you can hang by your sink to put your rings in for safe keeping while you wash the dishes.

Pacifico and Snell say the art of making kitchen items helps carry on a tradition that has been practiced through the ages.

Tomé Art Gallery is located at 2930 N.M. 47. For information on the Kitchen Show, contact Pacifico at 866-0582.


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