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:            

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, […]

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 […]

by Josh Berkus

Hopefully you’ve already booked your accommodations for NCECA, as many hotels are already booked up.  In case you haven’t, or in case you’re looking for alternatives, this article will provide you with some ideas and information. The first thing to understand is that the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is located on the East side of the Willamette River, just across the water from downtown Portland.  The area adjacent to the […]

by Steve Branfman & Lee Burningham

Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!! The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum […]

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by Naomi Clement

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! We are currently looking for people to volunteer an hour or two of their conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with eager students!  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 […]

by Hideo Mabuchi

Today’s featured image shows a low-magnification SEM view of the cone 8 reduction cooled sample we introduced two weeks ago.  If you compare today’s image with the camera image from that post, you should be able to see that the brighter red patches in the camera image correspond to the more highly textured parts of today’s SEM image.  In upcoming posts we’ll show higher magnification SEM images to examine their […]

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by Hideo Mabuchi

In last week’s post we introduced a new surface sample of a high-iron stoneware piece by Dan Murphy that was wood fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured post shows a close-up image of this sample taken with a high power optical microscope under bright, direct illumination.  At the end of this post you can find a high resolution graphic that shows the location of this microscope image in relation to […]

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by Hideo Mabuchi

This week we shift our focus to a new surface sample, taken from a piece by Dan Murphy (Utah State University).  The clay is a high-iron stoneware body and the piece was wood-fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured image shows a close-up of a typical surface feature on this piece — a “splotch” of brighter red-orange color sitting on a darker purple-black background.  Looking at the piece by […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work?  I reside in Portland, Oregon and am the co-founder/ co-owner Mudshark Studios, Eutectic Gallery, Portland Growler Company, Kept Goods, and The Clay Compound What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I wear many different hats: At Mudshark, I love that we are continually solving problems and trying new things. with every email or phone […]

by Hideo Mabuchi

I had the pleasure to chat yesterday with Dr. Bill Carty from Alfred University about the story of the alumina/hematite hexagons that I learned from the Kusano et al. paper, which we’ve been exploring here in the microMondays blog posts.  Bill was most surprised by the part about the alumina hexagons crystallizing out of the melt, as the formation of only mullite crystals would be expected in the cooling of a […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work? I’m a Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? As a Canadian, I never imagined that I would be living in the deep south! It’s obviously drastically different from where I grew up (people, politics, weather etc.) but ultimately I love […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Thursday afternoon at the conference provided an incredible opportunity for a double dose of glaze geekery.  First, William Carty, Keith Simpson and Hyojin Lee presented a panel on safety in the studio, specifically regarding stains.  After a short break, Matt Katz took the stage to inform the audience on durable glazes.  If you missed it, you’re in luck, because they are now available on the NCECA YouTube channel in a […]