The Dixon Studio Tour is one of the longest continually running studio tours in the state, encompassing the adjacent villages of Dixon, Embudo, Rinconada, Canoncito, and Apodaca.
In its early days Dixon and the Embudo Valley were both agricultural and commercial hubs for the area. They were connected to the outside world by the twice daily mixed freight and passenger trains of the narrow gauge Denver and Rio Grande Western Chile Line, which ran from Santa Fe to Antonito, Colorado from 1880 until 1940. Area farmers and herdsmen who worked the fertile soil of the valley or grazed their stock on the commons, brought their shipments to the Embudo Station, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of orchards, small farms and market gardens continue the agricultural tradition; the Dixon Cooperative Market serves as its commercial center and is the site of the Dixon Farmers' Market.
While maintaining its centuries-old agricultural roots, the Embudo Valley has emerged as an important center for arts and crafts in Northern New Mexico, and plays host to the Dixon Studio Tour, now in its 36th year. Our connections to the earth continue and are expanded through the work of the artists and craftspeople who live here and participate in the Tour: every member of the Tour uses materials from the earth, grown in the earth or is inspired by the natural beauty of our surroundings.
This year's Tour boasts twelve potters and ceramicists, whose work is formed from materials taken directly from the earth. The work represents a wide variety of traditional and innovative forms, which include tableware, classic vases with a contemporary twist, Japanese-inspired work, raku, tiles, sculpture, mixed media, and furniture with ceramic elements. With its wealth of world-class artists working in clay, Dixon is a must-visit for enthusiasts and serious collectors.
In addition our ceramic artists' use of clay and earth-derived glazes, jewelers use precious metals and gemstones; sculptors employ metal and stone; floral artists and herbalists create with botanicals; furniture makers use wood; painters need pigments, paper and canvases; bookbinders require paper; textile artists and weavers make use of wool, plant-based fibers and natural dyes; photographers capture images of the natural world. While this is also true of artists who create in city lofts, the artists of the Embudo Valley remain conscious of the deep ties to the land of the valley's earlier residents. Their work is often shaped by daily reminders of life in and on the land – water in the acequia, newly planted fields, blossoms becoming fruit, autumn color, first snow. The artists of the 36th annual Dixon Studio Tour invite you to visit us November 4th and 5th.