Clay Stories 3

Clay Stories 3

Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!!

The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to tell a clay story. The topic can be anything, so long as it is related to clay. Your story may be funny, it may be sad, it may be poignant. It may involve the fire department, a random encounter, an unlikely experience, etc, etc. Your story may be told in words, dance, song, mime,,,,,,Seems like any time two or more potters get together, interesting things can and do happen! Your age, gender, amount of experience with clay, etc. are irrelevant. It’s all about the story! You can augment your story with photographs that will be displayed on the big screen while you tell your story. We would like to have as diverse a lineup of storytellers as we can possibly assemble.

****In case you missed it last year, you can listen to the 2016 Clay Stories on the NCECA360 podcast, or simply CLICK HERE***

If you would like to be considered as a 2017 Clay Storyteller, submit a short synopsis of your story to me via email at Include your full name, email and phone#. I will send you a confirmation and be in touch. Questions? Send me an email.


I know that we are all super busy right now and don’t have much time for anything else. But, no worries – the deadline for entries is Feb. 17, 2017. We will announce the full lineup on March 5.


So put on your thinking cap and remember that time you,,,,,well, you get the idea.


Best wishes for a safe and rewarding journey through the busy weeks leading up to the New Year!



Steven Branfman and Lee Burningham

Mentors Needed for Student Critique Room!

Mentors Needed for Student Critique Room!

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! We are currently looking for people to volunteer an hour or two of their conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with eager students!  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 March 22-25, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

It is easy to sign up, Click Here for more information and to see a list of time slots available.

If you are interested in participating, but have questions, please contact NCECA Student Director at Large Naomi Clement at

Sign up for a shift (or 3) and change a student’s life!