by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

…37 artists, ………22 countries, ………………..6 continents The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program presents… “Desire“ We live for desire. It is our life force. It is the future. Desire pushes us forward. It is brightly pigmented and bound by the earth. Desire is the energy of evolution; urging, wanting, striving and competing. It dazzles us.  The hormonal body desires physical exchange and procreation. We want to survive and are genetically inclined […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I distinctly remember the moment I met Marge Levy.  It was 2010, and I was at my very first board meeting, while she was a seasoned vet in the NCECA organization, having already served a full term as President before returning to the board to take on the role of onsite liaison for the Seattle conference.  I really can’t think of a more perfect person to close our Makers, Mentors, and Milestones […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The first signs of the NCECA invasion are hitting Kansas City.  Several incredible ceramic exhibitions opened on Friday night.  My whole family enjoyed seeing 3 shows at Penn Valley Community College’s Carter Arts Center.  (note:  the Gallery is on the south side of campus.  Many GPS programs will automatically route you to the north side.  The gallery has a beautiful glass front with an amazing sculpture right inside.  If you don’t […]

by Shalya Marsh

Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

If there is still room in your brain and sketchbook for more techniques, after Thursday’s slate of process room presenters, we have yet another day of techniques to tantalize and teach. First out of the gate is Stuart Asprey painting on the surface in Clay as Canvas.  He will be sharing another way to enhance and engage the façade of your work, bringing 2-D skills into the mix. He will touch […]

by Paul Donnelly, On-Site Liaison, 2016

Kansas City is not shy on BBQ joints but also holds its own in the Vegetarian/Vegan cuisine Category.  Whichever you crave you will want to check out the following restaurants based on your interests. If you find yourself in the Crossroads exploring exhibitions and hunger strikes check out Cafe Gratitude located at 333 Southwest Blvd. Their vegetarian and vegan menu is one of the best in KC.  Serving raw food, […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As I was thinking how to write about the benefits of being a member of NCECA, there were two quotes that came to mind: “Membership has its privileges” and “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” Think for a minute about which one describes you better.   I’d guess that the people reading this are more likely to ally themselves with the first statement.  It seems […]

by Patsy Cox, Past President

You may be mired in the unfolding drama of our national election process and keeping up with news of the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses. NCECA has its own election process and its open for voting and you’ve probably already received an email asking you to vote from our tireless Communications Director, Cindy Bracker! We’re looking to fill two important board positions this upcoming year, Director at Large and Student […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

Gray matter*: the stuff between your ears and between your years (of official education). As mentioned in a previous post, the Gray Area is a space for programming that didn’t quite fit elsewhere, but still has important information to share.  In very recent years, NCECA has observed a growing portion of its membership of artists who are not educated in the ceramic arts through the traditional BFA and MFA programs […]

by acrossthetable

An update about Across the Table, Across the Land from Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand: We spent the week in Portland, camped out in front of a massive amount of uploaded data and images submitted to the Across the Table, Across the Land WebApp (over 500 total responses). Organizing this much information was a challenge we were thrilled to be confronted with – a great problem to have!  Thank you […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict.  Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process -Brian Eno In both his article for the NCECA Journal (p26) as well as his presentation at the 2015 conference in Providence, Rhode Island, Andy Casto pointed to this quote as a guiding principle for his work.  In his studio as well as […]

by Amy Duke, Kansas City Onsite Liaison

Back in 1989, right here in Kansas City, NCECA introduced what would become a hallmark of the conference’s opening festivities: The Randall Session. And right now, I have the good fortune of introducing you to the mastermind behind this year’s session, Mark Southerland, and the group of esteemed artists joining him on stage to perform Wit & Menace: An Operetta. First, here’s a quick history lesson: Named in honor of […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

FUTURE FLUX, the 51st annual NCECA conference takes place in Portland, Oregon in 2017.   Although it seems a long way off, it will be here before we know it!   NCECA is committed to the exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice including diverse approaches that range from utilitarian and designed objects to sculpture, installations, site-specific works and performative events. Concurrent Exhibitions (CEs) are an important feature of NCECA’s annual conference […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

RIP Dr. Daum. You were a HUGE asset to our region and to the world of artists working with clay. Dr. Daum lost a battle with cancer on December 28. Cary and I drove to Sedalia last night for the opening of a couple of shows at the Daum Museum. I’m color blind (literally) and even I could see rich hues in many of the works in their Permanent Collection. […]