In LIVING CLAY Priscilla Hoback
details her journey deep
into the creative process revealing her techniques and a unique
artistic life as she follows the voice of the clay. Digging local
clays, developing a vocabulary of glazes, and building high-fire kilns
is work that is grounded in the earth itself. She has created an
original art form she calls Murals that have their roots in prehistoric
cave art, indigenous clays, and her own powerful response to the
breathtaking canyons, open sky, and ancient beauty of the land in New
The greatest power an artist can have is the ability to create honestly—exploring thoroughly and continuously her own thoughts and experiences. From a handful of clay on carefully acquired grounds, to meticulously painted, fired, and mounted murals, Priscilla Hoback's artwork is utterly personal, and yet utterly universal. It is as though she has humbly and lovingly molded, stroked, and painted nature itself. Her work reminds me that we all live in the "Land of Enchantment"-- George Rodrique
has been rumored that Priscilla can hear the clay think. Perhaps it
is true; I don’t know. But I believe it much more now than I did before
I read her book. All the while I thought her greatest talent was at the
potters wheel or with the clay in her hands. I was wrong; it is with
the pen that she excels and I am deeply moved by her words."
— Forrest Fenn, biographer of Joseph Henry Sharp
about time this work came
out—it’s terrific! Priscilla
has written from the heart and soul of New Mexico.
Lots of spirit alive here—spirit in the land, the work, and the words. Priscilla demonstrates that no one stands between us and our source.
—Lynn V. Andrews, author of Medicine Woman
tells a tale much like
the ancient and pure tales
of the creation of the first being from clay; how it was drawn into
being by a lng, dug up,
slammed around, kneaded, molded, given feature,fired and given to
speak. The first being
Priscilla herself, but bless her, the process speaks for the rest of
"LIVING CLAY is a testament to the beauty of what hands are capable of."
-The Bloomsbury Review
of the region's more
details ...her spiritual
and aesthetic journey...in
this beautifully illustrated book."