by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I recently posted in the NCECA Facebook group that I wanted to hear your NCECA questions and I would then answer them here on the blog.  Already I have gotten great responses!  In an email, I was asked about the Exhibitions and Bus Tours.  Shows have become one of the biggest parts of NCECA attendance, so it’s going to take more than one blog post to cover this topic!  Thanks […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi there NCECA Friends! In this will be the first of several installments that will focus on outlining several great places to enjoy a great coffee or tea beverage and something sweet on the side. Order will be in how close these establishments are by area to the convention center. (closest to furthest) My focus will be on the local shops, there are plenty of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks shops […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

Be inspired to get involved at this co-lecture by Michael McCarthy and Steve Dilley, described in the program guide as follows: We teach ceramics to patients in a residential psychiatric hospital. What happens when those working in clay, are in deep personal crisis, trying to transform their own lives? Does clay shape us as much as we shape it? Do these struggles in clay illuminate the creative process in general? For […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

Last week, Garth Johnson shared his experiences at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair and a preview of his talk on Friday.  Need more convincing?  Check out this information from Leslie Ferrin on some great exhibits you can see there!  The Fair starts today and runs through Sunday.  While you’re there, be sure to visit with the Ferrin Gallery: At the Ferrin Contemporary Booth on the 4th Floor: This group exhibition brings […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

To best meet the needs of the many social media services that encourage interactive communication, NCECA will select a currently active member to act as a liaison for its various social media services. This role is crafted as a 13 month term, with a progress review conference taking place on a semi-annual basis. The term may be renewable based on mutual agreement between the Social Media Liaison, NCECA’s Communications Director and […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

• Register now!  Early bird rates end on February 6th. Maintain your NCECA membership and save up to $65! • Book your flight with NCECA’s Southwest Airlines discount code and save up to 15% on your air fare • Try the Train!  Amtrak’s Northeast Regional originates in Norfolk, VA, travels through Providence and terminates in Boston.  A ticket from Norfolk is about $80, and that’s already cheaper than 5 nights of parking! • […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Conversations about diversity are never easy. Namita Gupta Wiggers kicks off the joint NCECA/ 92Y Virtual Clay lecture series with this dynamic online talk at 7pm Eastern, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, which will investigate the impact of broader global traditions in ceramics in USA. Learn more about the entire series here NCECA Members receive a 20% discount on registration fees when they use the discount code NCECA92Y. Namita Gupta Wiggers is a […]

by Amanda Barr

I consider myself lucky. I was born at exactly the right time, in my opinion. The technology boom started to hit stride as I was in high school and college, making it easy for me to adopt easily. My relationship with social media started with my first email account, spreading to AIM, AOL’s instant messaging app, which was all anyone used before texting became affordable on phones. I dabbled in […]

by Jill Foote-Hutton

Confident posture. Direct gaze. An assured knowing her handshake will be firm. The word TRUE comes to mind. TRUE in the sense of direction or plumb. While “earthy” is not an apt description, “grounded” certainly is. Lauren Mabry is a bright, young smile giving us a crooked wink. Her works have been placed alongside Peter Voulkos, Richard Notkin, and Steven Young Lee in American Art Collector. Her work has been paired in […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Professor Yoshiro Ikeda, my mentor from Kansas State University, passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age 67. I felt gut-wrenching pain as his urn was buried underground. I loved him like my own father. Words cannot express respect and gratitude I have toward this man. Sparkles in his eyes continue to encourage me as I work in the studio. It is okay to pour our heart into things we […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi NCECA Friends! On the map number 9 is the Convention Center, the Hilton is located across the street from the Convention Center, and further down the block a Providence Place Mall. The Mall has a variety of chain restaurants that are known for particularly great happy hours, the drinks are nice but the deals on the food are quite nice. Happy Hour deals only take place in the lounge, […]

by garthjohnson

I LOVE the New York Ceramics Fair. There’s nothing in the world quite like it. As vibrant and exciting as NCECA and the world of contemporary studio ceramics is, I’m always excited when something comes along to put our world in ceramics. NCECA is part of a 10,000 (plus) year ceramic continuum. The circle of artists, educators and collectors that we deal with is but a small part of the […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi NCECA Friends! I figured a map of City Center would be most helpful in explaining where some of these hot spots are for restaurants, museums, bars and fun shops! Number 9, is the Convention Center, most places at most at 15-20 minute walk from the convention center. Unless you are hoping to make it up to Thayer Street, in which case you may take a cab, drive or take […]

by Paul Sacaridiz, President-Elect

Reposted from Paul Kotula Projects “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Tony Hepburn, influential artist, educator, writer, mentor and friend. He died on January 5, 2015 at his home in Chicago, IL. Born September 9, 1942 in Manchester, England, Tony Hepburn attended Camberwell College of Art receiving his N.D.D. in 1963 and later attended London University earning his A.T.D. in 1965. He recalls his early study […]