I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Posted by admin on March - 18 - 2012 | 24 Comments

I’m a Beatles fan.  Grew up listening to them on 45’s on my sister’s record player in the 60’s.  I know the words to every Beatles song, and my kids know that “In My Life” is one of my funeral songs, along with “Blackbird.”  Johanna has the entire Beatles collection on her I-Touch.  We have always loved the Beatles at my house.

Last September I spent several days with my pals Sabrina and Bruce while they sold Pick Up Sticks Jewelry at Fiesta de Santa Fe.  They shared a booth wall near the plaza with a potter who had interesting pieces on display, pieces of pottery and wall plaques with tiny writing on them. 

It was only on the third day of wandering from Sabrina’s booth to the food vendors with Glena that I stopped in the Wildflower Pottery booth and actually took a look.

Whoa!  I was immediately enthralled.  All that tiny writing on those pieces?  Beatles lyrics. 

Marlys and Richard Kunkel have created a line of pottery that contains lines from Beatles songs.  Some of their pieces are elegant vases and boxes, white with black lyrics windings around the vessel.  Some are funky – wall plaques with what looks like typeset lines from my favorite tunes.  There’s a pottery television with a yellow submarine inside.  Love that one.

I love Wildflower Pottery’s pieces.  I want a pocketful of money so I can buy one of each item for me and my friends.  I came home with several photos and then promptly lost their business card.  I had no idea how to write a blog post with no pertinent information.

Then, as luck would have, last weekend, in the middle of my high school basketball frenzy, Sabrina hauled me to the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts show.  And there, just inside the door, was Marlys and her Wildflower Pottery.


I still don’t have a pocket full of money, but I still love this stuff.  Marlys says they’ve moved to Ribera, New Mexico, to a beautiful new studio (Ribera is west of Las Vegas, just off I-25 and not far from Pecos.  Gorgeous place to live for transplanted Texans who now say they’ll never leave New Mexico). 

I don’t know exactly what sort of show Wildflower Pottery might be at next, but you can e-mail them at Wildflowerpottery@msn.com about buying some of their pieces.  I’m going to get in touch and see where they’ll be next.

In the meantime, enjoy these images.  “There are places I remember. . .” is now stuck in my head.  “In my life, I’ll love you more. . .”  

Happy Sunday.  And remember, “All you need is love. . .”

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24 Responses so far.

  1. patsi hughes says:

    I love the Beatles and New Mexico too. Grew up there and it will always be in my heart and soul.
    Love your blog.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Patsi! Where do you live now? If you’re on Facebook, consider following this blog’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ilovewnewmexico. I think you might enjoy it.


      • Andrea Clayton says:

        I purchased the “Love Hurts” piece in February 2012. The $250. charge appeared on my credit card but I have YET to receive the piece. I was in contact with the Kunkel’s for awhile but they stopped answering my emails.
        The work is great but I do not enjoy paying for something I purchased in good faith but NEVER received.

        • admin says:

          Andrea – So sorry this happened to you. I’ve also tried to reach the Kunkels to let them know how people love their work but need a way to find them. And, heck, I’d like to buy a piece from them. . .


        • J. Tumblet says:

          Sorry you were taken by them but consider yourself lucky it was only $250. The Kunkels were renting our beautiful live/work space in Las Vegas NM. The first months rent check bounced and it went downhill fast from there. It took us 6 months to get them out of there by court order. They left the place a disgusting mess with old pizza and wine cartons piled up everywhere and the appliances coated in clay dust and grease. They then moved to Ribera where they did the exact same thing to the kind people out there. Last we heard they were going to Espanola. We have tried to collect the $10,000 back due rent and damages from them but the collection agency said they transferred everything out of their names – even their crummy van. The people of Las Vegas were taken by these con artists who said that they were starting over in New Mexico and then promptly got everything out of us that they could, If I owned a piece of their art I would trash it. Clearly the work is not made with “LOVE”. What BS.

          • admin says:

            J – Thank you for this comment. If it serves to warn other readers of the issues these artists have in fulfilling orders (and other promises), it will be a good thing. I hate to write about something made in New Mexico that doesn’t turn out well, but I believe in conveying as much information as I can. I wish you well in your endeavors to collect what you’re owed, although it doesn’t sound good.


    • Marcia H says:

      At Beatlefest in Chicago almost 20 years ago I purchased a vase with “In my life” lyrics written on it from top to bottom. I loved this and wanted more. Unfortunately, I’d call and the owner told me her son was working on setting up a website, but I kept checking back and could never find it. Then this morning, on Pinterest, there was Wildflower Pottery. So many gorgeous pieces. I’m happy to see them all.

  2. Jennifer says:

    They were just at the Annual Arts Festival in OKC. I fell in love too, and while searching for their website, found your blog instead. Thanks for posting!

    • admin says:

      They’ve moved their studio to Ribera, New Mexico – I drove through there today but didn’t stop. Will check out Sunday when I head home and maybe I can get a better schedule of their shows to post here.

  3. Amy says:

    I just saw them today in Louisville, KY at a Beatles festival called Abbey Road on the River. I love their work!

  4. Derek says:

    They’ve exhibited at many Beatlefests and their work is great. Why can’t I find a website??? Can’t find their work anywhere online. Anyone have information, pls forward.


  5. June says:

    I was given a special (“When I’m 64”) piece a few years ago and now that some of my friends are turning 64, I’d love to give them the one, too!

  6. Amy says:

    Does anyone know where to find these guys on the web?? I LOVE their things and am desperately trying to locate them to place an order.

    • admin says:

      Amy – I looked for them at the most recent arts and crafts show in Santa Fe, with no luck. Will keep trying to find them. . .

  7. Anisha says:

    Ahh my friend has some of their stuff, and I am located in Dallas, so they were here one time or another. I have tried emailing the email you posted, but they never responded! Someone please let me know as well how I can get a hold of them and their pottery!! gupta814@gmail.com

  8. Anisha says:

    ah I have been looking for them everywhere. someone please let me know as well. I am dying to purchase several things from them!!!

  9. Joy says:

    I am also a huge Fan of these artists and their wonderful Beatles pottery.
    If you locate them or know how to reach them I would sincerely appreciate knowing how to reach them to place more orders.


  10. jackie cort says:

    Just met them at Best of the NW, and fell in love, I too was looking for thier site, and came onto this, so I hope I can find it!!! They are as sweet as they are talented!!! xo

  11. Lisa Parkman says:

    Beatles pottery
    Marlys and Richard Kunkel
    Wildflower Pottery

  12. Kay Casey says:

    I talked to Marlys Kunkel at OKC Arts Festival last weekend, they had a website but it is down right now, and she didn’t know when it would be back up. their email address is: wildflowerpottery@msn.com

    She said you could email orders to this address. I bought a”All You Need is Love” vase, very cool!

  13. Becky Brown says:

    Any idea how to contact Wildflower Pottery
    to make a purchase????

    • admin says:

      I actually saw them out at the Tesuque Flea Market a few weeks ago. . .but otherwise, no idea.

    • Nancy Patenaude says:

      Becky, I got stung for $250.00 ABOUT 2 years ago when they were to ship some pottery from Scottsdale to my home in MN. They appear to be nice in person but they are just scammers! I loved all their pottery. WALK AWAY AND DON’T LOOK BACK, YOU WON’T BE SORRY!!! they have never tried to contact me either.

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