I found myself holding my breath, eyes wide open, and honestly a bit choked up…completely overwhelmed by the experience of standing amongst about 50 pieces of ceramic art from legends…heroes….icons. Friday March 5th marked the opening of three blockbuster NCECA shows in one beautiful space.  The Leedy Voulkos Art Center is hosting NCECA’s National Student Juried Exhibition, Its Emerging Artists, and a very special, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “Shapers of the […]

Mostly, thus far, I have left it to our brilliant Programs Director, Mary Cloonan, and a few other folks to tell you about programming at the conference.  Today I’m going to “steal the mic” and share a few highlights of my own.  One of the beautiful things about our conference moving around across the country is the “local flavor” that each region brings into the mix.  This is always apparent in […]

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Tongue-in-cheek sculptures, contemplative video installations, gently pinched pouring vessels, and meticulously assembled baskets – frankly, the offerings from the student population at this year’s NSJE are as surprising as they are wide-ranging in scope.  330 students submitted 1000 images for consideration, and the jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers, contemplated every single image over three rounds of elimination.  They made a decision early on to jury blindly, insisting on excellence over balanced […]

There is nothing like seeing a beloved and revered individual from our membership receive recognition for their impact on our field. This years recipients: Stuart Kestenbaum and Nina Hole (posthumously) will be recognized as Honorary Members, Steve Hilton and Glenda Taylor (posthumously) as Fellows of the Council, Victor Babu for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Linda Lighton for Outstanding Achievement Bill (posthumously) and Anne Bracker and C Richard and Evelyn Craft Belger for the Regional Award of Excellence This awards ceremony will prove to be an absolute […]

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Westport is a small region crowded with trendy restaurants and boutiques, however historically it is the western port of Kansas City that was at one time an individual town. It displaced Independence, MO as the start of the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails for western expansion by 1850 with Kansas City. Now, instead of moving west, you can find vintage clothing at ReRuns, records at Mills Record Company, bubble tea at […]

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Located just 45 minutes away from the Kansas City Convention Center, Lawrence, KS is hosting 11 exhibitions. An excursion to Lawrence would make a great roadtrip to check out the Lawrence Art Center, Brackers Good Earth Clay and exhibitions at the University of Kansas. If you are traveling early for NCECA, Lawrence is holding a HUGE pre-conference event including wood-firing workshops with performance kilns at KU, a Ceramics Symposium at the […]

Greetings NCECA friends!  I have some amazing news.  Last week our advance registration closed at a record high of 4750.  Usually about 600-1000 people will register onsite.  This means close to 6,000 of us will be gathering together in Kansas City in just over a week.  Of course, with that many people, comes that many logistics concerns.  Last year in Providence, many popular presentations were packed, and some people couldn’t […]

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The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2016 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections. The selection committee, Jim Melchert, Eva Kwong, and Jane Shellenbarger had a difficult task of reviewing the applications from a diverse cross section of artists from the U.S. and abroad. We had very thoughtful […]

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Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild reflects on his personal journey in ceramics and the enterprise of social transformation. Beginning with the influence of an art teacher, Strickland will discuss how his work in clay led him to develop a center for youth arts, jazz and job training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that now serves as a model for programs in other communities. Through the National Center for Arts and […]

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Once known as the “Eulogies”, the annual Past Masters session at this year’s NCECA conference is an opportunity to gather together in memoriam and also to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. Please join us on Thursday, March 17th, 4:45-5:45pm in the Grand Ballroom 2501 A (Level 2) to honor and celebrate the lives of NCECA members and significant figures in our field who have passed away since our 2015 […]

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Usually my “Inside NCECA” column comes out on Saturday, but I just couldn’t wait until then to tell you all about this year’s NCECA App.  Filled with information about programming, presenters, exhibitions, KC restaurants & hotspots, maps, bus tours, important dates, plus opportunities to connect year round, the NCECA App just gets better each year.  Here’s a helpful video on the basics and some of the personalized features of the […]

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Kansas City!  Are you looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective? Mentors from all over the country are ready to review your portfolio at the Student Critique Room. I am especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country. The Student Critique […]

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