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Make NCECA history… Participate in NCECA’s first-ever e-ballot to help us elect new Board Members for the positions of Secretary, Director-at-Large, and Student Director-at-Large. E-balloting election for new members of NCECA’s Board of Directors opens Wednesday, March 4 and closes at 4pm CST, Friday March 21, 2014. IMPORTANT- NCECA MEMBERS MUST USE THEIR NCECA MEMBER E-MAIL AND PASSWORD LOG-INS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD ELECTIONS. VERIFY YOUR MEMBERSHIP STATUS, […]

We often say that NCECA is a “member-driven” organization.  We rely on input from our membership to make decisions about the direction of the organization.  The conference is one of our best opportunities to get feedback, whether that be from a member that stops by the NCECA booth to chat about an idea or concern, or at the annual members’ business meeting.  This is one of the best opportunities all […]

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Employing jazz harmonic sensibility and a deep-seated love of diverse cultures, De La Buena explores the textures and rhythms of Latin musics of the Americas with roots planted firmly in african Diasporic traditions. De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and latin Jazz.  Growing from a trio into a powerful 10-piece over the last six years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their […]

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections when it comes to NCECA’s programming. You’ve probably attended one of these sessions, and you might not even know it. For the uninitiated, Topical Discussions are an opportunity for members to put on small, informal seminars about things they are passionate about.  Thursday afternoon, from 5:15-6:15 on, you have the opportunity to participate in any one of these […]

If you’ve been to an NCECA conference before, you already know the allure of the Resource Hall.  If you haven’t been, you’ll soon find out.  That room seems to be the source of a temporal anomaly, because hours pass like minutes and before you know it, you hear the announcement telling you it’s 5:00 and the Resource Hall is closing. Situated around the frenzy that is created by the commercial […]

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With a history dating back to 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection includes nearly 25,000 works from antiquity to the present, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, video art and installations, and textiles. The Museum’s collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionist prints and paintings, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960 are among the nation’s finest.  Additionally, Milwaukee Art Museum will host the NCECA show, Flow. […]

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Like Zach Morris in the 90s Television Series Saved by the Bell, I’m going to break character for a moment and speak personally….this is absolutely the number 1 presentation on my list for this conference.  I’ve been excited about this one since the board gathered to review all the programming proposals last May….A panel of giants in the clay world of social media…all with great personalities and beautiful work to […]

After a lovely evening of gallery openings on Thursday evening, you can get your groove on from 9:30pm – 1:00am in the Regency Ballroom A-B at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.  If you play a musical instrument, or would like to listen to some great music, join this informal gathering of musicians playing improvised/unrehearsed music.  Last year, our conference blogger, Duncan Blount, wrote of the potter’s jam: I danced pretty hardcore at […]

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Plenty, a collaborate exhibition by Allison Rose Craver and Katie Coughlin, will be on view at Heather Cooke Elliot, located in Suite 302 of the Marshall building,  for the duration of the NCECA conference. The exhibit includes a new collaborative work  that celebrates the role of tableware in the development of memory and ritual as well as a selection of works made independently by each artist. Though Allison is primarily a […]

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Several years ago, the NCECA board began asking the membership how we, as an organization, should commemorate our 50th anniversary.  Subsequently, for the last two years, we have had multiple task forces exploring and developing the most popular ideas.  One of the projects in development a video project, which has taken the form of a series of sequential videos unfolding the marvelous story of our organization. Last year during the […]

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Student Perspectives is a thread of programming led entirely by students.  With topics ranging from the technical to the cultural, this is a chance to meet students with similar interests.  Do not be shy about approaching the presenters after their talks!  There are 14 of these fabulous student sessions, all in Room 102 A-C Thursday 9-10am  Obvara Firing Technique: The History, Revival and Contemporary Development of an Ancient Eastern European Firing […]

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Since 1906, the Marshall Building has been a catalyst in transforming Milwaukee’s  Historic Third Ward neighborhood. George Ferry and Alfred Clas were the masterminds behind the Marshall Building. The box-like shape and arched pavilions were common features of many warehouses at that time, yet the way it was constructed was groundbreaking. The pair also helped erect such esteemed structures as the Pabst Mansion, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist tower, […]

“We are potters at war against water borne disease” Ron Rivera My presentation is designed to give information about the Heb (water Jar) makers of Iraq and to document their practices and clay working techniques.  The organization, POTTERS WATER ACTION GROUP, advocates the silver enhanced ceramic water filter. Since my introduction to the life saving filter in Nicaragua in 1999, It has been my mission to promote its manufacture and […]