by Josh Berkus

Welcome to Portland! As the top “food city” in America according to the Washington Post, you can eat quite well here, even on a very modest budget. Even during the conference day, you have multiple options for local, quality food and drink. Given the thousands of restaurants, cafes, food carts and pubs in the city, though, we’re going to limit our recommendations to places within a quick walk of the […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

Call for Entry 2018 NCECA ANNUAL VISUAL VOICES: TRUTH NARRATIVES ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (midnight MDT) NCECA seeks submissions for the 2018 NCECA Annual, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, which will be held at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA during the 52nd NCECA conference.  Curator/juror, Winnie Owens-Hart has invited artists Syd Carpenter, Roberto Lugo, Sana Musasama, Reginald Pointer,and Janathel Shaw to frame the curatorial concerns of the exhibit. The artists […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I thought about titling this post “Marvelous Marge” or “Marge the Magnificent”…..both absolutely fitting descriptive titles.  But then I thought “Marge in Charge,” since she announced last year during her closing lecture that she has been “in charge since I was 5″, I’m sorry, I don’t work well in a group, I just always end up in charge”.  (that’s paraphrased). Basically there were a ton of titles I could have picked, […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

The highly anticipated NCECA Annual “The Evocative Garden,” curated by Gail M. Brown, opens this weekend, kicking off the 2017 NCECA conference “season” with a whirlwind of garden-centric delight and botanical wonder.  The exhibition, held at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, features five artists who were invited by the curator along with 29 artists who were selected from the call for entry.    Invited artists Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim […]

by Russell Wrankle

NCECA’s Art Expo is upon us, and as the new Director at Large who is in charge of facilitating its success, I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Over the past few weeks I’ve been communicating with all the galleries in preparation for our Portland Future Flux Expo, and I can say that there’s a palpable excitement and energy for the wonderful art that will be available for purchase. […]

by Holly Jones

“In the world of everything that is already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.” Bobby Tso’s approach to forms in the post-industrial world is both whimsical and sophisticated. His curiosity is delightful and child-like. His level of intensity and skill are awe inspiring. I had as much fun watching his peers view his work in Kansas City […]

by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2017 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections. This year the jury was comprised of Kim Dickey, Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, Tony Marsh, Professor- California State University- Long Beach, and Jane Shellenbarger, Assistant Professor-Rochester Institute of Technology. The Six selected Artists:   […]

by Naomi Clement

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself! I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives […]

by Jill Oberman

Not only is our upcoming conference upon us, we find ourselves in need of new Board members for the 2017-2020 term. So, it is election time again for NCECA, and we hope all of our members will participate by casting their vote to help us fill our soon-to-be vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. It is now our fourth year with electronic […]

by Betsy Redelman

Hey Clay Lovers! NCECA is right around the corner. We know you’re already laying out your conference outfits and figuring out a game plan for how to be first in line at the cup sale this year– BUT! There’s another bandwagon you should be jumping on. …Well, more of a bus actually. Here’s the run-down of the top-notch bus tours NCECA has going this year– The Portland Suburban Tour * This tour will take […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is excited to announce that we have FOUR compilations of the 2016 Process Room sessions available for immediate delivery via digital download!  Each compilation contains the best of instruction and demonstration from four sessions and is approximately 40 minutes in length.  Buy one video for only $19.99 or save $5.00 and get the set of four compilations for $74.99. NCECA members can save 20% off using the code ncecamember. Click here […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

We are thrilled to share that 4 full-length videos of the 2016 Demonstrator Duos are complete and will be on sale and ready for you to take home from the 2017 conference in Portland!  Here’s a glimpse of what you will get:            

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by Josh Berkus

Arriving in Portland Visitors flying in will arrive at PDX Airport, consistently rated the best airport in the USA (and for good reason). It has a wide array of locally-owned, reasonably-priced food options, so plan to take meals there if you happen to arrive at lunch or dinner. It also has a distillery shop (yes, really). Outside security, there’s also a branch of Real Mother Goose Art Gallery, Powell’s Books, […]

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by Naomi Clement

Mentors Needed For Student Critique Room! NCECA is currently recruiting mentors for our Student Critique room at the Portland conference. How it works: Mentors volunteer for one or more 30 minute time slots, when they will be available to meet one-on-one with students to give them a critique of their work. Students come prepared with digital images of their work for the critique. Students and mentors then have 30 minutes […]

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