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DENVER – April 27, 2022 – Colorado Clay, Denver International Airport’s newest art exhibit, is an exploration
of a small part of the history and popularity of clay in Colorado. Our state has a long and rich history of clay
from archaeological discoveries of clay pots found at Mesa Verde, to adobe structures dating back hundreds of
years, to contemporary artists and brick makers today.

Clay deposits, ubiquitous across the Front Range, made brick manufacturing a successful enterprise. Clay
mining, while not as glamorous as gold and silver found in Colorado, was still significant to nineteenth and
twentieth century history of the state. Today, there are still several clay mines in operation producing the raw
materials for commercial bricks.

Ceramic arts also thrive in Colorado dating back to ancient Anasazi pottery. In the early twentieth century, Van
Briggle Pottery in Colorado Springs, and Coors Porcelain Company in Golden, established themselves as
leading ceramics makers both nationally and abroad. Today, many artists use clay from outside of the state,
yet the popularity of ceramics continues and is showcased here by highlighting a variety of functional and
sculptural ceramic arts.

Explore the history and popularity of clay in Colorado through photos, artifacts, and artwork located in
Ansbacher Hall in the Jeppesen Terminal on Level 6 North before A-Bridge Security. The exhibit is made
possible due to the following organizations and artists.

  • Organizations
  • Colorado Earth
  • CoorsTek
  • General Shale Brick
  • Summit Brick Company

Ceramic Artists

  • Bebe Alexander
  • Connie Christensen
  • Curt Hammerly
  • Dean Goss
  • Derek Redding
  • Flux Studio
  • John R. Hamilton III
  • Katelyn Odenheimer
  • Shelley Schreiber

View the exhibit online here.


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