by Julia Galloway

Natalia Arbelaez – Art as Language “Creating artwork has been important to me from a young age. I came back to the US at the age of four not speaking English and communication was hard for me. I learned English and forgot Spanish at a young age but relearned it later in life. I haven’t ever really felt completely comfortable with either language, art has always been the most natural […]

by Julia Galloway

Janet Macpherson – Finding her voice as an artist “A friend who was a sculpture major first introduced me to ceramics while we were at university. I was not an art major, but I hung out with the artists at school. She had an exhibition of functional vessels that she made, and I loved that she talked about them as art objects and that their utility did not take away […]

by Julia Galloway

Del Harrow was an Emerging Artist at NCECA in 2009. These are his thoughts about his expierence and the program…. “Thinking about the opportunity to present as an emerging artist at NCECA (2009) one of the first things that comes to mind is how honored I was to speak alongside the other emerging artists of that year.  As is the case every year it was a remarkable group: Ehren Tool, […]

by Joshua Green, Executive Director

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is committed to creating and sustaining an environment and culture free from harassment in which all people are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. NCECA believes that organizations serving people, the arts, teaching and learning will benefit all when they develop, implement, and share policies that address harassment in programs and the fields they serve. Initiatives like these will be […]

by Julia Galloway

NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, […]

by Julia Galloway

Wade MacDonald –  Becoming an Artist and Advice for the Future “While preparing for high school graduation, I had a brief moment to sit at a kickwheel in the art classroom and attempt to throw a pot. This was my introduction to clay. Obviously, my pot was not successful and I thought I would probably never engage in that particular activity ever again. My first art mentor was Cary Vanderveen […]

by Julia Galloway

Andrew Stansbury: An Ode to Missed Connections “We didn’t have long, and you let someone skip in front of you. When it was our time, you choked back tears. “Oh honey, it’s okay,” I said, “we don’t gotta talk,” and I tried to give you the biggest, warmest hug I could, letting all the things left unsaid transfer. At the end of the embrace, I think you said something like […]

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by Julia Galloway

Adam Chau – Essay about influence and idea development  “My clay journey started early – my family opperated a bakery when I was growing up and I learned commercial-level baking at a very young age; it was shortly after that I discovered that ceramics was parallel with baking and was an easy transition into a creative artform. Because of this introduction to seriality from a commercial standpoint I was most comfortable […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes if he’s a painter, ears if he’s a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he’s a poet – or even, if he’s a boxer, only some muscles? Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being constantly alert to the horrifying, passionate or pleasing events in the world, shaping […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I think the NCECA conference is basically a hundred joyful hugs hello followed by a thousand tearful tugs goodbye, and I’m never 100% certain when that shift happens.  As big as our conference is now, some people I only manage to connect with once, so that one embrace has to serve as both.  And when I get on that plane and leave it all behind, there’s definitely a feeling of […]

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by Jen Chua

I’m on my way to the conference, and I’m fondly remembering the ridiculous meals I’ve had at NCECA. The things I eat during the week of the conference are generally a compromise, a mediocre peace treaty between how much noise my stomach makes, and how much more my feet are willing to walk. One year, the year I got smart, I bought provisions at a convenience store and carried Kind […]

by Joshua Green, Executive Director

In 1951, the poet Charles Olson returned to Black Mountain College after a period of declining resources and divisive faculty relations. Succeeding Joseph Albers as the primary visionary at the school. Over the previous several years, Olson had immersed himself in research of early Mayan ruins of the Yucatan peninsula. Intrigued with pictorial writing systems on building surfaces and objects, he was determined that a poet could just as well […]

by Kelsey Juszczak

Not being a Pittsburgh native myself, I was unaware of the event called “Unblurred” that happens on Penn Ave. in the Garfield neighborhood on the first Friday night of every month. It is an evening where every gallery, shop, and studio opens their doors to the community to come and enjoy taking a leisurely stroll in and out of each building, appreciating the art, buying a piece or two, or […]

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by Naomi Clement

With the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh just around the corner, we want to let you know about some of the awesome student-centered opportunities that are available at the conference this year: Student Critique Room Thursday March 15, & Friday March 16, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room 310 of the Pittsburgh Convention Center. The Critique Room is an opportunity for students to receive direct feedback about their work from […]

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