The Tombaugh Gallery


The Tombaugh Gallery and the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces present the exhibit “TRADITION / INNOVATION” which displays new and old porcelain from China alongside modern ceramics made by the late Klyf Brown.  The exhibit opens with a reception on Sunday, November 3, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and continues through Sunday, November 24.

The porcelain artworks in this exhibit were collected during a summer 2018 Study Abroad course offered by Dona Ana Community College.  A grant from the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists to the Potters’ Guild enabled the travelers to purchase representative porcelain ceramics to display after returning to Las Cruces.  The students spent a week in Jingdezhen which is recognized as the ‘Porcelain Capital of the World.” The streets of Jingdezhen are a warren of small workshops with highly skilled artisans creating porcelain artworks within a millennium-long tradition.

Klyf Brown was a charter member of the Potters’ Guild in 1981.  A native New Mexican, he graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1966.  His business was construction, but he also produced wonderful, creative pottery.   For years he was a volunteer for the Guild and Empty Bowls; one year he made 100 bowls for the event.  In 2006 he was awarded Best in Show in the Guild’s Mud, Sweat and Tears 25th anniversary exhibition for ‘Archaeological Find’.   Klyf passed away in March 2016.  He left his body of work to the Guild to raise money for workshops and community education.  All of his artworks will be displayed for sale in the Tombaugh exhibit.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 – 2. For details, contact, or call the church at 522-7281. The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM and is open Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Visit the gallery on Facebook.