Thanks TJ. good suggestions, right up my alley.
I prefered Santa fe and Taos to Albequerque. They are one and a half hours north. You have Santa Fe Clay which has visiting artists and a pottery studio. In the desert west of Taos, you have the Earth Ships built out of rubber tires and recycled materials by Michael Reynolds. An entire community living off the grid. Tons of you tube videos about him.
Ah, Northern New Mexico. I was raised in Los Alamos and Espanola (both north of Santa Fe) and the dirt and air, I think, infused my blood with the love of pottery. If you want the true New Mexico experience, skip the commercial galleries and vendors and locate some of the pueblos, whose residents sell their wares (most of them fired in pits or ovens in their back yard), and visit them. You can see some lovely works and buy them quite cheap. San Ildefonso is a really good one, so is Santa Clara. In Santa Fe, the Palace of the Governors, which is akin to the "town square," on Saturdays features local potters and other Native Americans who sell their works set on blankets under the portals of old, old adobe buildings.