by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

NCECA is excited to announce a second international residency opportunity.  NCECA Members are eligible to apply to spend 4 weeks in Taiwan: Welcome to Yingge Ceramics Museum! With Rich ceramics tradition and thriving ceramics business, we are eager to stimulate the public’s interest and attention in ceramics, promote Yingge ceramic enterprises and local image, and encourage international culture exchange. Furthermore, we survey, gather, preserve, and maintain Taiwanese ceramic culture for […]

by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

c.r.e.t.a. rome is honored to have been chosen for the 2015 NCECA International Residency Partner Programs. c.r.e.t.a. rome is offering a 6-week residency to the selected ceramic artist between April 2015 and March 2016. Approximate total cost for a six-week residency is $3750.00. c.r.e.t.a. rome will provide up to $1500 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; materials, firing […]

by Maret Miller

  Dawn Soltysiak began firing her pottery kilns with the help of solar panels. She explains how a small change can make a big difference for sustainability.   Owner/artist Dawn Soltysiak operates the 30-acre sustainable farm, where she runs Khnemu Studio and fires her kilns on solar power. Visitors to Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, about forty-five miles southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, would likely note the typical Midwestern rural […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As a board member, I donate my time to NCECA throughout the year.  The “work” I do for this organization never feels like work, because I am surrounded by 16 other volunteer board members and 6 staff members, all of whom put their heart and soul into this organization.  It is truly a rewarding experience.  I love NCECA. I saw some billboards the other day with the image you see above. […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

When making your travel plans for this year’s conference, be sure to include Saturday’s programming in your itinerary!  One of the highlights of the day is sure to be treasured potter, Jack Troy, who will be delivering this year’s closing lecture. From 10:35am-11:35am in the Ballroom, Troy will be speaking on the topic of Anecdotal Evidence: “For myself,” wrote Stanley Kunitz,”I have come to believe that the most wonderful thing to tell is […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) The NCECA podcast has returned!  With big thanks to Ben Carter for all of his expertise and assistance, NCECA has been releasing a variety of episodes for our members to enjoy!  This season premiered in September with an episode recorded live at the 2014 Conference in Milwaukee, Igniting the Workshop Circuit.  Since then, we have made available Episode 18, Factory as Studio a panel moderated by […]

by Kathy King

…with a mobile education and outreach gallery for beautiful handmade pottery–a collaboration between over 100 clay artists In Boston, we’ve recently launched a project to spread our passion for ceramics and design. We’re converting a 17ft bread truck into a mobile ceramics gallery, called POW! (Pots On Wheels) in order to bring excellent pottery to those who may not have had the opportunity to touch clay before. Our gallery will display a diverse range of work from […]

by Chanda Zea

Tampa, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, and now Providence… Hard to believe that this year will be Student Perspective’s 5th birthday. Wow! Time sure does fly by. I still remember my first board meeting as the new student director for NCECA, and the idea of a student programming thread being put forth as we sat around the conference table down in Tampa, back in May of 2010. I was still absorbing the […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

We are excited to make available the video footage from NCECA’s inaugural Roundtable Discussion.  At our 48th annual meeting in Milwaukee, with generous support from the Chipstone Foundation, NCECA was able to bring together a “dream team” panel of creative thinkers in and adjacent to our field.  The title of this roundtable, “Handle as Bridge: Creativity, Learning & Purpose” was inspired by a 1911 essay by philosopher and critic Georg Simmel that […]

by Owen Dearing

Dear Clay Friends: If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2015! For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, I have some exciting news to share. I’d like to ask you to join Steven Branfman and myself along with some outstanding potters for an […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

…Film night! We are excited to announce this NEW conference event.  If you’re attending our 49th annual meeting in Providence, definitely plan to come relax and enjoy an inspiring film from the clay community at 5:30 on Thursday night, just before heading out to the show openings and galleries. Filmmakers – we are now accepting submissions for this opportunity. Click here to learn all the details for how to submit your film!

by Jill Foote-Hutton

In contrast to the changing seasons, currently in the mode of closing another chapter of life, 2014 Emerging Artist Mel Griffin has been opening one. Planting seeds with deliberate and thoughtful choices, Griffin has stepped away from a peripatetic life and stepped into ownership of a new home and studio. After two years at the Archie Bray Foundation, she is permanently staking her claim in Helena, Montana. Carefully considered decision […]

by Paul Donnelly, On-Site Liaison, 2016

Break out the Champagne! NCECA, is returning to Kansas City for an unprecedented FOURTH TIME  to celebrate its 50th annual Conference: Makers, Mentors, and Milestones.  Previous conferences were held in Kansas City in 1969, 1989, and 2002.  No other city has hosted 4 NCECA Conferences.  The reasons are obviousl: with world-class museums, architecture and “farm to table” cuisine the Kansas City region has a strong legacy and a passionate support […]

by Alison Ferris, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

2014 was an exciting year for the Arts/Industry program. Not only did we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a sweeping retrospective exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a well-attended opening celebration, but we also had many opportunities to work with the NCECA Milwaukee conference! The Arts Center partnered with NCECA to offer a special preconference tour of the Arts/Industry studios at Kohler Co. and of the exhibition […]