International Residency Applications Due!

International Residency Applications Due!

Happy New Year NCECA members! 2015 will be an amazing year for NCECA and particularly for our International Residency Partner Program. The deadline for these applications is fast approaching!!!

DEADLINE: February 3!

This year, NCECA has joined forces with C.R.E.T.A. Rome, Rome, Italy and the Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei City, Tiawan.

Both of these respected programs offer excellent facilities and a stimulating creative space to pursue experimental directions in your work, or possibly a project that is inspired by a new studio environment and exposure to a new culture. Both are fantastic opportunities and researching each of these residency centers will allow you to determine which would be a better fit for your proposal.

NCECA’s partnership with these ceramic centers supports the residency awardees with a substantial financial award as well as our residency partners providing in-kind support.

Our goal in doing this is to lessen the financial burden on the artists, and clarify a funding model for this program that reflected an equitable partnership between NCECA and our residency hosts.

One artist will be selected by each of this year’s residency partners, and NCECA will support each artist up to $3750 towards residency costs including travel. Residency hosts will provide $1500.00 of in-kind support that should defer much of the remaining residency costs.

Yingge Ceramic Museum is offering a 4 week residency. For more information on the Yingge opportunity, read here

C.R.E.T.A. Rome is offering a six-week residency, For more information on the C.R.E.T.A  opportunity, read here

Both of these must be scheduled within the timeframe specified by each residency host.  All details about the residency program and application process are listed on NCECA’s website.

This opportunity is another way that NCECA is working to provide value for your membership in our organization. The lucky artists selected for these two opportunities will undoubtedly have an

unforgettable experience working abroad. Our ultimate goal is to promote the ceramic arts and education on a global level, and encourage a rich cultural exchange for our members and partners abroad.

Don’t forget, the deadline to apply is February 3!


Last year’s great residency locations:

The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada and the European Ceramic Workcentre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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Inside NCECA; Vol. I, Issue I: Bus Tours (New Bedford)

Inside NCECA; Vol. I, Issue I: Bus Tours (New Bedford)

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 for the great question, Sophia King!!!

NCECA partners with Lew White Tours to provide Bus Tours for NCECA attendees.  These tours represent join planning by NCECA’s on-site conference liaisons (in Providence – Jay Lacouture and Larry Bush) and Lew White himself.  Our on-sites work with galleries, museums, arts centers and other locations that are hosting shows and then provide this information to Lew White, who puts the tours together.   Tickets should be purchased in advance (this happens directly with Lew White, it is not part of your conference registration), or you can sometimes buy tickets on-site (subject to availability) at the Lew White booth near conference registration and voting kiosks.

Bus TOURS leave at a set time, usually from the convention center (check the Lew White desk for details on where to meet your bus), go to a location and wait while tour participants view exhibitions and then re-board everyone onto the bus and travel to the next location.  Essentially, on a bus TOUR, your bus stays with you the entire time.  NCECA conference attendees often find the bus tours to be the best way to see a variety of exhibitions without having to navigate city transit or rent a car.  They also represent a great way to meet other people and forge new friendships!  For the Providence Conference, there are 3 bus tours available.

Let’s first look at the….

New Bedford Tour

Wednesday, March 25, 9:00am-3:30pm OR Thursday, March 26, 5:00pm-9:30pm for Receptions

Stop 1 (not on Thursday night reception tour)

Narrows Center for the Arts

Susan Filley, "Dancing Teapot", 10" h porcelain, 2014.

Susan Filley, “Dancing Teapot”

Pouring Arts Invitational 2015, Peter Beasecker, Bede Clarke, Bruce Dehnert, Susan Filley, Julia Galloway, Nick Joerling, Doug Peltzman, Jane Shellenbarger, Linda Sikora, Sandy Simon, and others.. The Pouring vessel’s many guises- teapots, ewers, pitchers, creamers- inspired by the fluids they dispense, will be on view by 20 potters recognized for their ongoing exploration of these forms. Organized by Jim Lawton. Hours during NCECA: Wed 9am- 5pm; Thu-Sat 12-5pm. Reception: Wed, Mar 25, 10am-12pm. Feb 27-Mar 28.

Stop 2 (multiple locations within walking distance)

New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks!

Hours during NCECA: Wed 10am-5pm (free coffee 10-12); Thu 12pm- 9:30pm; Fri-Sun 12-5pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 25, 5-9:30pm.

In Residence, Meredith Brickell, Jody Burr, Linda Casbon, Ayumi Horie, Kristen Kieffer, Kathy King, Linda Lopez, Firth MacMillan, Linda Sormin, Michaeline Walsh. Four AIA (Artist Invite Artists) leaders selected three artists from their session. Their diverse work, grouped by session, portrays the unexpected community and exploration that results during a two-week Watershed residency experience. Curated by Sarah Archer. Jan 21-Apr 2.

Salad Days: Second Course, Jessica Brandl, Gratia Brown, Patrick Coughlin, Stuart Gair, Sean O’Connell, Meredith Host, Adam Paulek, Kari Radasch, Alyssa Welch. New interpretations of “repetition resulting in transformation” that Watershed’s juried Salad Days Resident Artists experienced in making the required 500+ plates for Watershed’s annual Salad Days event. Organized by Sean O’Connell. Jan 21-Apr 2.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 9.43.33 AMStaff Meeting, Dylan Beck, Ryan Blackwell, Birdie Boone, Lynn Duryea, David East, Wm Reeder Fahnestock, Tyler Gulden, Benjamin Lambert, Shawn O’Connor, Irene Saito, Karin Solberg. Celebrates the creativity, craftsmanship and commitment of 12 of Watershed’s talented and hard working past summer and year round staff. Curated by Sequoia Miller. Jan 21-Apr 2.

Bind the Divide, Claudia Olds Goldie, Tim Ian Mitchell and Dan Molyneux. Three diverse artists connected by region and bound by transformative experiences during residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts explore psychological, narrative, and architectural themes in new sculptural work. Curated by New Bedford Museum of Art/ArtWorks! Mar 4- Apr 2.

Group Dynamic, Stephanie Rozene, John Oles, William and Rachel DePauw, John Gargano, John Donovan, Dana Chapman Tupa, Lisa Ehrich, Liz Bryant, Lauren Duffy, Shauna Cahill.. Recent work from artists who participated in a 2011 Artists Invite Artists session at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts exploring the influence of the communal experience of the their residency and the continuing dialog between a subset of those residents. Organized by John Oles. Mar 25-28.

UMass Dartmouth Galleries

david_bogus_menemsha_2012The Uncommon Object, Bogus/ Kendall, Burr/ Burr, Cunningham/ Molyneux, Grimmer/ Meyers, Grover/ Hicks, Katz/ Puryear, Marquis/ Swenbeck, Oles/ Carter, Wetherell/ Notkin, and Willers/ Isbister.
Alumnus from the UMass Dartmouth Ceramics Program invite artists who have been influential in a manner contrary to their aesthetic, finding pairings revealing an unusual logic, a connection in uncommon objects. Curated by Rebecca Hutchinson and Jim Lawton.  University Art Gallery, Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sun 9am – 6pm; extended hours Thu until 9:30pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 6-8pm. Feb 12-Mar 28.

Drawing Source, Twelve current UMass Dartmouth Ceramics Graduate students. An exhibition of current UMass Dartmouth Ceramics Graduate students’ drawings. Exhibited adjacent to their studios, each artist uses personalized drawing materials to illuminate imagery reflecting their sources. Curated by Rebecca Hutchinson. Ceramics Graduates Corridor Gallery, Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm; extended hours Thu until 9:30. Mar 15-28. (No reception but open for Thursday night shuttle)

Bound(ary), Claudia Mastrobuono, Jodi Stevens, and Leslie Macklin. The notion of investigative boundary suggests both limits and frontier, the container and the contained, and the line between self and other. Through the perspective of three different artists mixing clay, fiber, found object, and patterning as sculptural. Curated by Rebecca Hutchinson. Crapo Gallery, Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm; extended hours Thu until 9:30pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 6-8pm. Mar 1-28.

Gallery 244

Wild Love, Heather Jo Davis and others. Invitational Installations by UMassD alumni and current graduate student Heather Jo Davis, exploring connections to land and nature’s wild. Organized by Andrea Abarca Coutts and Rebecca Hutchinson. Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; extended hours Thu until 9:30pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 6-8pm. Mar 23-28.

Clam Shell Gallery

Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Love and Wonder, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba. “Nothing new here except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.” – Abraham Lincoln, in an 1842 letter to Samuel Marshall. Sculptural and collaborative works by Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba. Curated by Rebecca Hutchinson. Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm; Thu hours extended to 9:30pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 6-8pm. Mar 22-28.

The Pour Farm Tavern

Another Round! Ceramic students from UMass Dartmouth. The Ceramics Club at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth present functional vessels inspired by the consumption of alcohol. Works include traditional implications of the beer stein and whiskey cups to the critique of alcohol consumption in the present day. Items will be for sale. Curated by Mary Black. Hours during NCECA: Sun 4pm-1am; Mon & Tue 11am-1am; Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Sat 11am-2am. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 8-10pm. Mar 1-29.

Robert Hunt Gallery

The Creative Complex, Carly Costello and Joe Lee. An exhibition of sculptural work by Carly Costello and Joe Lee, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Post-Bac ceramic students. Work explores themes of complexity and the interactions within social structures. Organized by Carly Costello. Hours during NCECA: Mon- Tue 2-8pm; Wed 9am-5pm; Thu-Sat 2-8pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 5:30-7:30pm. Mar 15-Apr 15.

Frederick Douglass Gallery

Pliable, Sara Allen, Brooke Armstrong, Mary Black, Kelly Daniels, Heather Jo Davis, Meaghan Gates, George Karos, James Mitschmeyer, Xi Nan, Andrew Stansbury, Hanna Vogel, and Amanda Watkins.. Recent works by the twelve graduate ceramics students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Organized by George Karos. Hours during NCECA: Sun 11am-3pm; Wed 9am-5pm; Thu-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-3pm; Thu hours extended to 9:30. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 5-7pm. Mar 1-29.

Gallery 65

6x6x6, Junior and Senior Undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. Small 6”x6”x6” works created by the ceramic students at the University of Massachusetts. Curated by Jim Lawton and Jessica Burley. Hours during NCECA: Tue 11am-5pm Wed 9am-5pm; Thu-Sat 11am-5pm; Thu hours extended to 9:30pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 25, 5-9:30pm. Mar 1-29.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

expo_OfEarthAndSeaOf Earth + Sea: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection, Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, Seth Rainville. Eight ceramic artists from New England respond to the encyclopedic collection of 19th c. artifacts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, making objects and site specific projects throughout the museum. Curated by Christina Connett. Hours during NCECA: Sun 11am-4pm; Mon closed; Tue 9am-4pm; Wed 9am-5pm; Thu-Sat 9am-4pm; additional hours Thu 5-8. Reception: Thu, Mar 26 5:30-8pm. Mar 12-Aug 12.

Stop 3 (not on Thursday night reception tour)

Gustin Gallery

SlocumRiverProjectBannerGallery is accessible by a deck area that has steps. Kiln site, where other works will be shown, is handicap accessible.

Friends of Fire: Contemporary Wood Fired Ceramics, Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Barry Bartlett, Ashwini Bhat, Doug Casebeer, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, Justin Lambert, Matt Long, Don Reitz, Arnie Zimmerman, and others. An invitational exhibition of works by the artists who are participating in the pre-conference anagama firing at Gustin Ceramics. Organized by Chris Gustin. Hours during NCECA: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. Reception: Wed, Mar 25, 1-5pm. Mar 24-Apr 27.

Stop 4 (not on Thursday night reception tour)

Dedee Shattuck Gallery

Chris Gustin exhibit fully accessible, secondary exhibit in upstairs gallery not accessible.

Slow Breath: Recent Works by Chris Gustin, Chris Gustin. A solo exhibition of recent works by Chris Gustin. Curated by Isabel Mattia. Hours during NCECA: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. Reception: Wed, Mar 25, 1-5pm; Sat Mar 28, 5-7pm. Mar 25-Apr 26.

Stop 5 (not on Thursday night reception tour)

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single 3″ step up into the gallery. Hours during NCECA: Sun-Sat 12-9pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 26, 7-9pm.

From Potash, Malcom Wright, Marina Lantin, Ellen Schön, Tom Hoadley, Megan Mitchell, Charlie Barmonde, Wilson Gaul. A survey of ceramics created by a selection of faculty and alumni from Marlboro. Mar 22-28.

Mallory Wetherell and Matt Ziemke: Side by Side, Matt Ziemke and Mallory Wetherell. New and collaborative works of two artists who’ve worked side by side for six years. Detailed underglaze renderings on porcelain paired with industrially inspired objects and an urban color pallet. Mar 22-28.

Reimagined Structure, David Katz. David Katz will present a site-specific installation of unfired clay that reimagines the potential of the oldest remaining farm building in the historic New England town of Tiverton, RI. Mar 22-28.

The cost for this Bus Tour is $59 for the full tour on Wednesday, or $55 for the Thursday night receptions version.  Click here to purchase tickets online

Stay tuned to for details of the Newport & Boston Tours and info on Continuous Shuttles!

Providence Food Guide: Part I, Coffee and Treats

Providence Food Guide: Part I, Coffee and Treats

Hi there NCECA Friends!

This will be the first of several installments that will focus on  several places to enjoy a great coffee or tea beverage and something sweet on the side. They will be arranged by in how close these establishments are to the convention center. (closest to furthest) Providence had a great number of coffee and tea shops that are sure to impress your tastebuds.

Ellie's logoEllie’s Bakery

Located around the corner from the convention center at 61 Washington St, Ellie’s is known for their ice cream macaroon sandwiches in the spring months, they make a great cappuccino, double mocha with a daily selection of iced teas. Ellie’s has a vast selection of sweet treats – french macaroons, brownies, and cookies. My favorite cookie is their homemade Oreo. It’s thin, crunchy, and packed with a lovely vanilla frosting. The bakery is also a fun stop for breakfast sandwiches such as homemade english muffins packed with eggs, cheese and bacon. They also are a great stop for lunch on the go, or to stay with limited seating. Their lunch menu has a variety of sandwiches for both gluten-free, vegetarians and meat eaters. Most sandwiches are pre made, but they can customize if there is something you may not favor in the sandwich. Overall Ellie’s pricing is moderate, and great for all.

Coffee King

Coffee King

Coffee King is located at 66 Fountain St. This local spot is known for their breakfast wraps, hot dogs, sandwiches, strawberry milkshakes and of course COFFEE. Happy to say this little spot won’t break the bank with their inexpensive menu. On a side note Coffee King  offers student discounts! Good for groups, quick service and great conversations with the owner who is happy to help with your menu selection!

New Harvest New Harvest

This little sweet spot is located near the Hampton Inn, over by The Arcade at 130 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903. They’re located inside the Arcade, with access from both Weybosset St and Westminister St. From the convention center it’s roughly a 1-15 minute walk across the bus terminal and only a street or two over from there. The best part about New Harvest is not only do they serve great mochas, but they also offer some nice harder beverages as a coffee and spirits shop. New Harvest also has you cover on the pastry front as they also sell Seven Stars Bakery items – scones with a variety of flavors (Cheddar is my favorite), cookies, and pretzels. They’re open rather early until around 10 pm most nights. There’s enough room to have groups, or small meetings if you’re looking for a fun spot to meet up. Pricing is moderate average price for a tea $2.50, for coffee $3.50, and pastries around $2-$4. If you have a hankering for Seven Stars there are several locations in Providence, you can walk but it’s a bit far… find a friend with a car.


copy right to seven starsSteven Stars Bakeries

Steven Stars; where do I begin… you need to go. It’s a Providence staple of pastries, great ice teas, sandwiches and great cups of cappuccino. I’m thankful they aren’t too close to campus, sometimes. But other times not so much. First off they have several locations. The closest to the convention center is the one on 342 Broadway. When you get there you may feel overwhelmed by the long case of scones, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, almond croissants, chocolate almond croissants (amazing), and other treats.

They also have a fantastic variety of breads  from Baguette, French Rye, Pumpkin Seed Bread, Cheddar and more. More importantly,  they’re happy to cut a slice, toast/warm it and spread some great local jam for you.  Sandwiches are pre-made, and delicious. My personal favorite is the peanut butter and jelly on sunflower bread.  If sweet, salty and crunchy is your weakness this is the sandwich for you. Peanut butter is all natural, and the jam is local and unsweetened.  They also have ham and cheese, and more savory sandwiches as well. Pricing is moderate, and completely worth the trip.



The Studio in the Hospital

The Studio in the Hospital

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 deeper context, Steve Dilley provided the following information about his experiences that led him to start the Veteran Art Project:

When I talk to this NCECA family of artist and educators I know I speak to my tribe.  This tribe is passionate about art and the effect it has had on our lives and the lives of our students. This is powerful medicine we wield.  We are the dreaming sewing machines working repairing this American dream.  As many of you may already know.

Art Changes lives.

Currently there are 22 Veteran suicides a day.

This number is astounding and unbelievable.

This is a critical time for our Nation’s military and service members who were deployed to either OIF (Operation Iraqi freedom) Iraq and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) Afghanistan.  These Veterans are returning home from long deployments to a civilian workforce that is just now recovering from the great recession.

Included in this returning tide of military personnel are many service members who return to families suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma.) There is a great and unmet need for normalizing activities that these service members may use to decompress and to have a chance to normalize relations with themselves, spouses, and family members. These Veterans are seeking out their educational benefits at colleges across the United States. Many of these colleges have operating Art and or Ceramic labs.  I believe this is a great time for the Art community to reach out and help create, heal and take the lead in welcoming our Veterans and their families back home.

I believe that if you do clay in this day and age.  I am sure you understand the influence the G.I. Bill had on returning WW2 service members lives, American society and on American Arts & Letters from the last century whose lasting influence is still felt to this day.

The Veterans Art Project is a fee free ceramics and bronze casting art activity that is open to Active duty, Veterans and Spouses.  All VETART classes are funded by a generous private donor. VETART classes are currently being offered at 3 different locations, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo Ca, Arizona Western College, Yuma Az and California Sculpture Academy in Fallbrook Ca.

The Veterans Art Project was initially conceived through research surrounding the glazes of Glen Lukens an American ceramicist and glaze master who taught at the University of Southern California.  Through this research it was revealed that Glen Lukens allowed in his studio, what were then World War 2 Veterans who were coined with the description of “shell-shocked.” Mr. Lukens allowed these Veterans to work in the ceramics studio.  He mentions that many Veterans having spent time in the studio moved on to healthy, and productive lives.

This research into nontraditional treatments for PTS symptoms and an unfulfilled personal need to help our returning military personnel motivated me to start the Veterans Art Project. Currently the Veterans Art Project has teamed with doctoral candidates looking for non-medication based, complimentary treatment modalities for the efficacy of 3-d Art making for the treatment of PTS symptoms.

To this day the Veterans Art Project has offered hundreds of classes and supported Veteran Artists through exhibits, and financial scholarships. Our First class was offered in the fall of 2010 at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Ca. The Veterans Art Project is looking to expand our offerings and to have the Ceramic community help in this critical time of need for our returning war fighters.


Visit the Ferrin Gallery at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair!

Visit the Ferrin Gallery at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair!

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 together work by several top ceramic artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary. Included will be pieces by Stephen Bowers, Claire Curneen, Steven Young Lee, Roberto Lugo, Frances Palmer, Paul Scott, Bonnie Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Mara Superior, and Kurt Weiser. Form and surface merge in various constructions embodying elements of the human form, of animals, and of abstracted thought. The work in this exhibit gives a taste of the broad range of work being created in ceramics today.


at the Ferrin Contemporary Special Exhibition Booth on the 3rd Floor:

MADE IN CHINA examines the contemporary, ceramic-centric exchange between eastern and western artists and markets. Marked by ever-increasing cross-cultural collaboration, this contemporary ceramics movement emerging from China is urging a re-definition of today’s export ware.
Exploring the growing cultural exchange between east and west.
With increasing frequency, western artists are traveling to China to produce ceramic work using traditional Chinese methods. In this exhibition, Ferrin Contemporary brings together work that reveals the essential aspects of contemporary ceramics currently coming out of China.
It is a dynamic relationship with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions.

in the Special Exhibition Booth on the 3rd Floor

Friday, January 23, 2015

1:30 p.m. BOOK SIGNING with Paul Scott Join us!
Paul Scott will sign and present his new book Horizon, Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

3 p.m. CONVERSATION and TOUR with artists and curator
Join us for a conversation about MADE IN CHINA: THE NEW EXPORT WARE with artists Sin-ying Ho and Robert Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Leslie Ferrin, curator of MADE IN CHINA and director of Ferrin Contemporary. A tour of the exhibition with the artists and curator, will follow.

relevant to MADE IN CHINA 

in the Lecture Hall

Friday, January 23, 2015

Duchess, Dogs, Detroit, Dragons, Handles and Cherrypickers: Re-Animating the Transferware Archives of an Industry
with Paul Scott: artist, author, and professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts Norway.

Made in China: New Export Ware from Jingdezhen
with Leslie Ferrin, curator of MADE IN CHINA and director Ferrin Contemporary.

I’m So Fancy: Young Artists Take On Historical Ceramics
with Garth Johnson, Curator of the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center and Director-at-Large of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Saturday, January 24

The Most Dangerous Imitations: Fake Chinese Export Porcelain of the 1920s and ’30s
with Ron Fuchs II, Curator of the Reeves Collections at Washington and Lee University.




Click here to view press release.

Click here for downloadable pdf.

Click here for a complimentary pass to the New York Ceramics Fair.