For many, part of their graduate assistantship involves teaching others.  Or perhaps you have survived the gauntlet of Student Teaching and are now an actual teacher. This can be invigorating for some and intimidating for others.  Suddenly being the person who has all the answers can make your brain shut down. Standing up in front of strangers and imparting information and skills can give anyone sweaty palms, and that can […]

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Across the Table is hosting Pots in Action again this week! For this challenge, Michael and Namita are interested in who is across the table as much as what is on your table! Special thanks to Ayumi Horie for the invitation – and support for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary project, Across the Table, Across the Land! For this holiday week – from Monday, December 21 through end of Saturday, December 26 […]

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As our upcoming 50th Anniversary Conference is upon us, so to is NCECA Board election season. This year, elections will be held just prior to the conference to fill vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. Embarking on our THIRD year with electronic voting, NCECA has yet again made a few changes to our online voting system. Responding to input from our members, […]

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Hello NCECA Members, I wanted to share with you my excitement about the 2016 NCECA Conference, in particular Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections. This year our Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections will help to kickstart the conference and will all be held on Wednesday. This will ensure that conferences goers will be able to engage in the robust conversation NCECA offers right from the start! This year we have a […]

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Where do you currently live/work I currently live in Carbondale, CO, and I rent studio space with over 20 other local artists at SAW (Studio for Arts and Works). What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Carbondale is an amazing town to be a maker. There are many great artists who live in our valley, and we are all […]

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Another vibrant combination for our demonstrating artists is Patti Warashina.  With Lauren Grossman, they will collaborate on a singular narrative work, an amalgam of their distinct styles and techniques.  Such controlled chaos usually produces intriguing results and should not be missed. Patti Warashina, retired professor emerita from the University of Washington, has a vibrant career of narrative works celebrating and championing women.  With sly humor and graceful strength, her figures […]

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Listen in to a discussion from the Seattle conference between Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Wally Bivins on making meaningful art. Three Northwest ceramic sculptors who manipulate imagery in their narrative works will investigate what they strive to express and discover in creating works of ”substance”. Each will discuss the roles of passion, conviction and commitment in nurturing and maintaining an artist’s spirit and production over the course of a lifetime […]

Where do you currently live/work I am currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? One of the things I really love about Lincoln, NE is an organization called Foodnet.  I volunteer there once a week.  Foodnet collects and distributes food from local businesses that is near its expiration date, […]

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I can’t believe I inadvertently left out one of the coolest new things about exhibitions this year when I posted my insiders guide to deciphering the shows.  The flags will help you identify the things you want to see, but what if you need help finding them in the first place?  Sure, they’ll all be in the coming NCECA App, but what about those folks without a smartphone, or the […]

How many times have you looked in the top of the raku kiln to see if the glaze is bubbling yet?  It seems to take forever! I know…. I have lost bangs and part of an eyebrow with my impatience! If you are familiar with an Income Statement, (aka Profit and Loss Statement, P&L, Statement of Earnings), then you have had the same feeling! You have worked and created and […]

You may be wondering what an image of waving flags has to do with NCECA Exhibitions.  Well, I’ll tell you, but first, you must promise to share this information…not just social media share (do that too), but actually TELL your friends…(or students)….in person…verbally. OK, so several years ago, exhibitions were marked with purple flags.  It made it clear to conference goers where the venues/shows were.  As time went by, flags went missing. […]

Where do you currently live/work? State College , Pa at Penn State University What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Working with students Where did you grow up? All over.  6 different places from Long Beach, California to Westfield, New Jersey. What was your childhood nickname? Stinger How did you first find out about NCECA? Went to Super Mud […]

Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]