Collection: Betsy Williams

Dixon, NM

Betsy Williams and her husband, stone sculptor Mark Saxe, own Rift Gallery in Rinconada, New Mexico. Williams earned a liberal arts degree at St. John’s College—the "Great Books" school in Santa Fe, New Mexico—then went on to become a money market trader at a Japanese bank in Manhattan. She ultimately left that job for a pottery apprenticeship in Karatsu, Japan, under Yutaka Ohashi (1994 –1999), and has been a potter since. In spring of 2020, she began prospecting for wild clays in New Mexico. Her research continues to take her all over the state, and to date includes about 150 samples. Several examples of wild clay bodies and wild glazes are included here.