The very idea of NCECA was spawn from a notion that Ted Randall brought to the a subcommittee of The American Ceramic Society in the early 1960s to, “set up a forum for the immediate face to face exchange of thoughts and feelings about ceramic teaching and making.”  This idea of Ted’s has served as a guiding principle for our organization. He wrote the original charter and by laws for […]

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NCECA is pleased to introduce you to this year’s six Emerging Artists!  Zimra Beiner, Renee Brown, Mel Griffin, Lauren Mabry, David Peters and Adam Shiverdecker have been selected amongst almost 90 applicants for our 2014 Emerging Artists Program.  This year’s selection committee included Josh DeWeese, Jeanne Quinn and Sam Chung.  There was stiff competition in narrowing this group down to only six artists, but the selection committee has picked an […]

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In its fifth year as a national competition and exhibition, the 2014 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is the largest in number of works presented, exhibiting 59 works by 57 artists from across the USA. Juried by Tara Wilson and Jeffrey Mongrain, the NSJE showcases authentic and relevant art created by the emerging talent in the academic ceramics scene.  Expressive, experimental […]

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 The Chipstone Foundation, or Chipstone for short, sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the town of Fox Point, just a few miles north of the city of Milwaukee. Driving by one might not realize that the colonial revival house is a limited access museum and home to an exemplary collection of decorative arts objects that include, among other things, colonial American furniture, as well as 17th and […]

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This playlist was created through a juried list of submitted videos. The guidelines below explain what was considered in the selection process.   Guidelines for submission: 1. Anyone can submit videos for inclusion on the NCECA YouTube channel playlists. 2. Videos must follow YouTube rules and guidelines 3. Videos must contain educational content to be considered. 4. Videos that have advertisement or promotion of a product or service as a […]

NCECA’s Expo Gallery is full to the brim this year!  All Expo galleries show both sculptural works and functional ceramics by prominent artists in the field. You will want to be sure to check out Lillstreet’s booth, they are hosting 20 Midwest ceramic artist-educators showing alongside students of the educator’s choice.  Other Midwestern galleries like Red Lodge Clay, Northern Claycenter, and the roving Artstream Nomadic Gallery, known for showing ceramic artists who are at the top […]

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Amber Ginsburg works frequently with clay but her work responds to histories, locations and narratives in a way that is not bound by specific materials or methods of expression.  She often works collaboratively and engages audiences in a participatory manner, creating dynamic site specific installations.  Amber generously shared her time to answer a few questions I had about her work and process. When were you first introduced to ceramics?    I […]

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Professors, Artists, and Clay People,   NCECA students are in need of your wisdom! Come share your unique insights in the Student Critique Room.   The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. This is a wonderful chance to meet up-and-coming artists and have an engaging one-to-one conversation about what they are making. Did we mention the joy […]

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In October 2013, NCECA members Michael Sherrill, Michael Strand, Board Member Garth Johnson and Executive Director Josh Green participated in a Think Tank led by the American Crafts Council in partnership with the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and crafthaus. Its purpose was to examine to what extent the word “craft” still had resonance and meaning in contemporary culture as a good descriptor of the creative work produced in […]

Michelle Erickson employs her mastery of colonial era ceramic techniques to connect the history of pottery making to 21st century issues of globalization, social injustice, and environmental geopolitics. In demonstrating the diversity of techniques used in her practice, Erickson will illustrate design parallels between past and present in surprising and insightful ways   Michelle Erickson has a B.F.A. from The College of William and Mary.  Her works are in many major […]

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In 2014, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center marks the milestone fortieth anniversary of its innovative Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted and funded by Kohler Co. Opening on March 22, during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Milwaukee, Collaboration and Revelation is the first-ever retrospective exhibition will comprise more than 300 works of art drawn primarily from the collections of the Arts Center […]

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Despite the brutal cold, a few hardy ceramicists made their way up to the Lynden Sculpture Garden here in Milwaukee for the January 26th, 2014 soft opening of our NCECA exhibition, The Mingei Tradition in the Midwest: Warren MacKenzie and Beyond   The exhibition design by Michael Mikulay is stunning, and we are all training ourselves to walk through the gallery with our hands in our pockets to resist the call of […]

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Milwaukee in March can be quite cold, but there are a couple of hot opportunities to warm you up prior to the Material World Conference: ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– With a friendship forged from clay, wood, and fire, Ching Yuan Chang, Joy Brown, and Ken Bichell will bring the best of woodfire workshops to the Adamah Clay Studios of Bethel Horizons. This “Blockbuster” workshop takes place March 12-18, 2014 at the Adamah Clay […]

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