by Jen Chua

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back? The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU to help a budding student artist develop his or her potential! The student critique room will be open from 8:30am-4pm on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th in room 554A of the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.  Click here to see a list of time slots available. After […]

by Patsy Cox, Past President

In 2014, NCECA keynote speaker Theaster Gates challenged NCECA’s conference attendees to cultivate greater diversity in the field through simple, direct and meaningful gestures of welcome. Many of our members took this challenge personally and put resources toward making this challenge a reality. NCECA is instituting a pilot program whose goal is to increase participation by individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in our conference and […]

by Paul Sacaridiz, President-Elect

As we approach our 50th anniversary, the NCECA board has been looking at ways to expand the reach of the Council beyond our annual conference. This was a charge directly related to NCECA’s strategic plan and developed from asking questions about the role we could play in helping structure a national conversation around contemporary ceramics. Towards this end we have been developing meaningful partnerships with a number of organizations such […]

by Patsy Cox, Past President

Support for students through the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship and NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship...Deadlines approaching fast, February 3, 2015 (midnight MDT).

by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

Happy New Year NCECA members! 2015 will be an amazing year for NCECA and particularly for our International Residency Partner Program. The deadline for these applications is fast approaching!!! DEADLINE: February 3! This year, NCECA has joined forces with C.R.E.T.A. Rome, Rome, Italy and the Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei City, Tiawan. Both of these respected programs offer excellent facilities and a stimulating creative space to pursue experimental directions in your work, or possibly […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I recently posted in the NCECA Facebook group that I wanted to hear your NCECA questions and I would then answer them here on the blog.  Already I have gotten great responses!  In an email, I was asked about the Exhibitions and Bus Tours.  Shows have become one of the biggest parts of NCECA attendance, so it’s going to take more than one blog post to cover this topic!  Thanks […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi there NCECA Friends! This will be the first of several installments that will focus on  several places to enjoy a great coffee or tea beverage and something sweet on the side. They will be arranged by in how close these establishments are to the convention center. (closest to furthest) Providence had a great number of coffee and tea shops that are sure to impress your tastebuds. Ellie’s Bakery Located […]

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by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

Be inspired to get involved at this co-lecture by Michael McCarthy and Steve Dilley, described in the program guide as follows: We teach ceramics to patients in a residential psychiatric hospital. What happens when those working in clay, are in deep personal crisis, trying to transform their own lives? Does clay shape us as much as we shape it? Do these struggles in clay illuminate the creative process in general? For […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

Last week, Garth Johnson shared his experiences at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair and a preview of his talk on Friday.  Need more convincing?  Check out this information from Leslie Ferrin on some great exhibits you can see there!  The Fair starts today and runs through Sunday.  While you’re there, be sure to visit with the Ferrin Gallery: At the Ferrin Contemporary Booth on the 4th Floor: This group exhibition brings […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

To best meet the needs of the many social media services that encourage interactive communication, NCECA will select a currently active member to act as a liaison for its various social media services. This role is crafted as a 13 month term, with a progress review conference taking place on a semi-annual basis. The term may be renewable based on mutual agreement between the Social Media Liaison, NCECA’s Communications Director and […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

• Register now!  Early bird rates end on February 6th. Maintain your NCECA membership and save up to $65! • Book your flight with NCECA’s Southwest Airlines discount code and save up to 15% on your air fare • Try the Train!  Amtrak’s Northeast Regional originates in Norfolk, VA, travels through Providence and terminates in Boston.  A ticket from Norfolk is about $80, and that’s already cheaper than 5 nights of parking! • […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Conversations about diversity are never easy. Namita Gupta Wiggers kicks off the joint NCECA/ 92Y Virtual Clay lecture series with this dynamic online talk at 7pm Eastern, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, which will investigate the impact of broader global traditions in ceramics in USA. Learn more about the entire series here NCECA Members receive a 20% discount on registration fees when they use the discount code NCECA92Y. Namita Gupta Wiggers is a […]

by Amanda Barr

I consider myself lucky. I was born at exactly the right time, in my opinion. The technology boom started to hit stride as I was in high school and college, making it easy for me to adopt easily. My relationship with social media started with my first email account, spreading to AIM, AOL’s instant messaging app, which was all anyone used before texting became affordable on phones. I dabbled in […]

by Jill Foote-Hutton

Confident posture. Direct gaze. An assured knowing her handshake will be firm. The word TRUE comes to mind. TRUE in the sense of direction or plumb. While “earthy” is not an apt description, “grounded” certainly is. Lauren Mabry is a bright, young smile giving us a crooked wink. Her works have been placed alongside Peter Voulkos, Richard Notkin, and Steven Young Lee in American Art Collector. Her work has been paired in […]