by Brandon Schnur

Another year of classes brings with it the seemingly endless studying, cups and cups of coffee and the ever-brilliant critiques, whether you love or loath it, each student slowly steps closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I know you can endure, you know you can endure, yet we deserve that oasis along the endless trek towards our degree. NCECA is that oasis! Who would have thought […]

by Holly Hanessian, President-Elect

I’m having my morning coffee on a very pleasant 68 degree September morning. Tomorrow hurricane Irma is coming to where I live. We are ready but the uncertainty and anxiety of the aftermath is another thing altogether. Many of us who live near the Gulf of Atlantic coastal waters in the Southeast have experienced hunkering down, and the days of watching and hearing about the weather from every source, our […]

by Naomi Clement

With the start of school fast approaching (and already begun for some of you), we want to make sure that you know about all of the fantastic NCECA opportunities available for students working with ceramics in higher education. There are lots of ways to get involved, show your work, present your research, and even get funding for your project, so be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar. DEADLINE EXTENDED! […]

by Maret Miller

Written by Harry Levenstein – IG:@harrison_lev The smell of sustainability was in the air this year at NCECA Portland! With topical discussions on ceramics and climate change, reducing our carbon footprint as makers, renewable energy options in our studios, and even firing kilns with repurposed vegetable oil! At the Green Task Force booth, Robert Harrison signed copies of his “book that every studio should have,” Sustainable Ceramics. University of Oregon had […]

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by Joshua Green, Executive Director

It may be that the craft arts have become so important these last several decades because we have lost our imagination for a living reciprocity with earth. We need to reimagine the reality of that connection. Putting hands-on helps. ~ Paulus Berensohn From the age of about four, Paulus Berensohn knew that he wanted to dance. Initially, his parents resisted until a close friend admonished his mother, “But Edith, to […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The deadline for galleries to apply for the NCECA Gallery Expo is June 21.  You can find all the details and apply through the blurb and link below.   But first, we caught up with NCECA Director-at-Large, Russell Wrankle, who manages the expo while he was on a hike.  Take two minutes to listen to Wrankle’s wise words…. Gallery Expo Call    

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by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

2018 NCECA Annual  Visual Voices: Truth Narratives It is time to pull your images and your narratives together for NCECA’s 2018 Annual Exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, our national juried invitational, curated by Winnie Owns Hart, educator, artist, filmmaker, author and critical thinker in matters of clay, art and culture.  Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to put your clay story in front of a broad audience during the 2018 […]

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by Brandon Schnur

Even as the pressures of the semester are winding down for most students and everyone gearing up for summer activities, I want to make sure that everyone is still keeping NCECA on their minds. Now is the time for thinking about how you want to shape your future and your ideas, NCECA wants to give you the opportunity to focus these ideas and share your thoughts and energy with everyone. […]

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by Stanton Hunter

Curiosity is what gets us out of bed in the morning and carries us through the day. Like a good story, we don’t know what’s going to happen, and we want to know what happens next. Curiosity is the fuel of our art practice. Without curiosity there is no art practice. It is a primal, seductive drive that sucks us in. It does itself, like a good book you can’t […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Shortly after the NCECA 2017 conference, “Future Flux” became “Past Flux”, I returned home and began editing conference sessions to post online.  As I did this, I contemplated the 2017 “class” of emerging artists and all of their presentations.  In the years past, NCECA has invited aspiring writers to select one of the emerging artists to write about.  This serves as a great opportunity for young writers to practice their craft while also […]

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by Joshua Green, Executive Director

The potter who finds life in his work finds it daily in small glimpses, and perhaps these are the successes as much as anything. For example, shapes evolve guided by forces apparently outside my control. This is instinct, intellect and openness to change fusing, into what I think is the most positive force behind any potter’s approach: evolution or growth. Some call it inspiration. ~ John Glick Born in Detroit, […]

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by Joshua Green, Executive Director

Robin Hopper Remembered (1939-2017) Internationally accomplished potter, teacher, author, garden designer, and arts activist, Robin Hopper passed away on April 6, 2017. The potter’s art is one of the few in which the connection between creator and appreciator is so intimate and integral. The process of creation, the resulting object, and its use by others represent a unique interrelationship, too seldom explored. If not for multi-faceted, generous, and curious imaginations, […]

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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 […]