by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Craft in America, the Peabody Award­winning series, begins its eighth season on PBS with a unique hour that celebrates TEACHERS ­ ­ renowned individuals who are committed to their own artistic visions and are equally committed to sharing their skills and passion for craft with new generations of students and artists of all ages. As part of PBS’ Spotlight Education programming, Craft in America: TEACHERS premieres on Thursday, September 15th […]

by Mark Shapiro

Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire—her life in […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA hopes its members and the greater ceramic community have enjoyed continued access to the 2016 Fab Lab with the online rebroadcasts of the LIVE STREAMED conference sessions, culminating in today’s video of the final session on Friday afternoon, featuring Brooks Oliver: I am curious about ways in which new technologies can influence my process working with clay; and, vice versa, how my practice working with clay can impact my […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology. Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In the Venn diagram of my life, the spheres of Music, Movement, and Art collided at the 2016 Conference Opening Ceremonies.  After listening to internationally renowned choreographer, Liz Lerman, speak about the art of critique, the crowd in KC was treated to a performance which combined ceramic elements in a unique Operetta.  “Wit and Menace,” a work commissioned by NCECA for the popular Randall Session, included ceramic horns by Linda Lighton, two singers, a band of instrumentalists, a composer, […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Del Harrow, Camilla Friedman-Gerlicz and Grant Landreth present approaches they are exploring through their own studio work with computer aided design and clay. This presentation will discuss methodologies and techniques for parametric modeling and hybrid digital/analog fabrication. Demonstrated processes will include Grasshopper parametric modeling for Rhino, CNC machining, and direct 3D printing clay. Friedman-Gerlicz and Landreth are both currently enrolled in the Special Student program at Colorado State University.  

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by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

The Emerging artist deadline is quickly approaching.  June 15. 2016 APPLY! Why not?!!! This is going to be a very important year as we embark on the 51st year of NCECA’s history and the beginning of the next 50, with the Portland Conference already taking shape as “Future Flux”. The process of creating and compiling the application and submitting the materials for this wonderful opportunity is an invaluable experience.  NCECA’s Emerging […]

by Keith Williams

Having now spent several days in Gary Erickson’s studio and apartment as I help the family in closing out Gary’s professional life I find myself immersed not only in his work, but also in my memories of his life. I met Gary in 1992 when my new school, Concordia University, St. Paul, hosted an exhibition of his work after he had served as a sabbatical replacement for a term the […]

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by Sara Morris

As the Missouri dust and euphoria we experienced at this year’s NCECA, in Kansas City dissipate into normality, the gallery exhibitions, personal encounters, and life-altering lectures, continue to linger. One of the most memorable and life altering exhibitions a student can experience at NCECA is the National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), which can forever change and undoubtedly charge the lives of both the exhibitors and attendees. Some students leave with […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

If you have been to NCECA,  you might recall visiting the Exhibitor Hall and running into some artists with their arms elbow deep in clay.  This, among other things, is Project Space.  If you have been working on something in your studio that does not quite fit in a gallery setting or a theatre or in any traditional space at all, Project Space might be the right place for you. […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology. Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…   […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Yesterday on the blog, we announced the video release of the 2016 Conference Roundtable discussion on Fueling Creativity.  Today, we bring you a fresh new podcast episode on Fueling Innovation.  What will we fuel tomorrow?  Tune in and see!!! On today’s episode you will hear a panel discussion on fueling innovation in your studio practice with the 2016 emerging artists. Each year six early-career artists are commended at our conference for their […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In the introduction to the essay “Fueling the Imagination” from her book, Hiking the Horizontal, Liz Lerman recounts a conversation with Nobel laureate and scientist, Dr. Eric Wieschaus about how he asks himself a question. “I am fueled by my own ignorance,” he says with keen precision. Artists and scientists share an understanding, Lerman writes, “that not knowing is fuel for the imagination rather than fuel for humiliation.” This cross disciplinary […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

I know, there are lots of things to do…  Spring is in the air, summer is on the brain… But don’t let another important exhibition deadline slip past you.  NCECA’s (first ever) Annual Exhibition, entitled “The Evocative Garden” and curated/juried by Gail M. Brown, will be held during the 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, and the deadline for entry is just days away –  June 15, 2016.   This new exhibition […]