Las Comadres was founded 18 years ago here in Taos and continues today as a thriving example of how a networking group of women can come together in a supportive and cooperative manner to create and market their work. Eleven local women, each with a personal space in the gallery, offer handcrafted items and original art.
Items available in the shop are pottery pieces, eclectic and varied, with beautiful sunset hued glazes and raku pieces. Nature inspired works such as owls and birds, are both useful and decorative. Our watercolor artist paints local landscapes that reflect her strong love for local northern New Mexico culture. These portray rural beauty in buildings, vehicles, dirt roads and flowers. Another artist does enhanced photographs of local landscapes and icons that tell the untold and timeless stories of our local environment. We have felted decorator pieces, created from the fibers of the historical Churro sheep, as well as practical items: runners, rugs, wallhangings; also thick absorbent coasters, tortilla hot pads, tea cozies and scented soap balls. The woven goods in the shop are created of handcarded, handspun, handwoven fibers which are used to create brilliantly colored pillows and mats in the vibrant colors of Taos. Sculptures of various kinds include whimsical polymer clay storytellers, nativity groupings and seasonal holiday ornaments. There are charming miniature Calaveras ornaments that are dressed for partying, weddings, fiestas or Dia de los Muertos. The sheep sculptures are made of local pinon branches, with nail armatures that are modeled with an air dry clay paper clay, then wrapped with the Churro fibers and felted. Precisely detailed tin punch works in both traditional themes or light hearted contemporary pieces such as light sconces, heart ornaments, memorial pieces and beautifully decorative mirrors. Also in the shop is a line of imaginative recycled jewelry that features traditional Taos gemstones as well as semi-precious stones of all kinds, blended with silver, copper and brass. Elements such as vintage pieces from old concha belts are used in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and ponytail holders. Another artist sells organic cotton, screenprinted outerwear such as cardigan jackets or vests. Her handpainted beautiful silk scarves come in many hues and textures. Acrylics are used to create intricate and beautifully detailed Mandalas, which are useful as meditation guides or simply as decorative art.
The handcrafted items in Las Comadres Gallery range from whimsical to elegant, and rustic to sophisticated, we are certain that you will enjoy browsing our selections. Our artists staff the gallery and look forward to meeting and visiting with you. We are open from 10 – 6 daily.