An update about Across the Table, Across the Land from Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand:

We spent the week in Portland, camped out in front of a massive amount of uploaded data and images submitted to the Across the Table, Across the Land WebApp (over 500 total responses). Organizing this much information was a challenge we were thrilled to be confronted with – a great problem to have!  Thank you so much to the clay community for responding to this project and sharing your stories about how food, clay and community come together – Across the Table and far beyond.



After four days of sifting, sorting and laughing – we have finalized the exhibition.


Before we share this list we have a quick quiz…


What does a Nacho Mountain, a Backpack Anagram Kiln and Objects for Digestion all have in common?  


They are all part of the the NCECA Across the Table, Across the Land exhibition during the NCECA 50th anniversary conference in Kansas City!


“Wait, whoa….. Did you just say Nacho Mountain?… what the….?? “

YES! we did.

“…Let there be a Nacho Mountain”  –  Mark Cole


Curious?  Love Nachos? Love Clay? Love Parties?

Don’t miss Mark Cole’s unique vision for the perfect party during our opening reception!

Below is the list of  projects selected for the exhibition in a variety of categories.


Adam Chau, Sharing a Meal, 3500 Miles Apart

Mark Cole, Nacho Mountain

Henry James Haver Crissman, Backpack Anagama Kiln

Linda Ganstrom, Fort Hays State University Students, Mighty Mugs and Cupcakes

Shannon Garson, The Handmade Table, Maleny, Queensland, Australia

Nicole Gugliotti, sexually transmitted dis……ease…

Robbie Lobell & Maryon Attwood, The Heartland Table with Studio Potter featuring artists:  Margaret Bohls, Mark Cole, Chandra De Buse, Brice Dyer, Stuart Gair, Meredith Host, Gail Kendall, Brenda Lichman, Robbie Lobell, Kyla Strid

Gwendolyn Yoppollo, Conversation



Linda Ganstrom, Fort Hays State University

Arthur Halvorsen, Instructor, Food for Thought Course, Harvard

Brenda Lichman, Community Arts and Social Practice, Wichita State University

Roberto Lugo, Students of Marlboro College, Course: What You Bring to the Table

Edith Garcia Monnet, California College of the Arts

Erik Scollon, Social Ceramics, California College of the Arts



Lauren Karle, Portion Plates



William Baker with Chef Michael Shortino of FutoButa, Charlotte, NC

Zandra Coelho, Clay Museum, San Joao del-Rei, Brazil

Victoria Dawes and Emilie Taylor, The People’s Pottery Project, Blackpool, England

Macy Dorf with selected works by students from CHSC, A Denver Public School Charter; collaboration with Art Street, and Denver Housing

Amanda Leigh Evans, Objects for Digestion

Ryan Fletcher (Pots in Action, Sweets)

Rob Beishline, Growing Veterans, Whatcom Community College

Ayumi Horie et al, Pots in Action (#piasweets; #piaacrossthetable)

Lauren Karle, Portion Plates

Eva Kwong, 500 Plates Akron Community Dinner, and with Hunter Franks for 500 Plates Project and Noelle Celeste from Edible Cleveland for At the Table

Nick Moen , The Dinners (works by selected participants to be included)

Kathryn Adams, Anja Bartles, Josh Copus, Tina Councell, Victoria Dawes, Elisa Di Feo, David Eichelberger, Ben Elliott, Heather Mae Erickson, Joe Falzone, Geoff Koslow, Joe Kraft, Andrew Massey, Nick Moen, Erin Paradis, Lindsay Rogers, David Swenson, Hayden Wilson, Gwendolyn Yoppolo

Nobuhito Nishigawara, West River Field Lab

Laura O’Quinn with Will Moss, Diane Einsiedler, Documentation of meal

Brent Pafford, Adrienne Lichliter, Lindsey Byrd, Southern Intentions: Prints, Pots & Provisions

Portland Growler Company, Mudshark Studios

Lilith Rockett, with Atera and Leith Restaurants

Aubrey Purdy Rude and Mat Rude, Listening is Loving

Lauren Sandler, Clay’s Nourishment with Skidmore College, Saratoga Bridges, Transitional Services, Center for Discovery, Root N Roost Farm

Jackie Sedlock and Michael Holt; Share, Eat, Sing

Madhvi Subrahmanian, Unspoken Conversations

Jeni Hansen Gard, Cups of Conversation


Amanda Leigh Evans, Objects for Digestion



Ling Chen, Cup for One

Thomas Lowell Edwards, A Forced Conversation

Adam Field, Hide-n-Seekah

Amber Ginsburg with Aaron Hughes, Tea Project

Simon Levin, Fire in China

Kelly Averill Savino with Catherine Hernandez, Toledo Grows

Sioux, aka Joshua Reyes, Respect, a Dinner and Conversation About It

Trevor Youngberg, Kiln Unload and Rib-Off

Magda Gluszek, Ceramics I and II, Northland Pioneer

Forever Pumpkins, Augusta University’s Mad Potters Organization, Tire City Potters, Safe Homes of Augusta

Mudfest Day Clay Relay, Casper Artists’ Guild Members and Natrona County Community Members

Pottery NW, The Salad Bowl

Clay Art Center – Port Chester, NY – Port Chester Melting Pots



Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL (K-12 Challenge)



The Red Clay Rambler recording and images Long Beach Art Museum project with Amanda Leigh Evans ,Tony Marsh, Adam Field, Vipoo Srivalasa, Joseph Shuldiner (Submitted by Adam Field)

Garth Johnson, lecture, Agrestic Modern

Cheyanne Rudolph, Lemon-Aider



Rancho High School Ceramics – Las Vegas, NV


Selected works will be on view from the following schools

Cranbrook School, Cranbrook, MI  – Joe Smith

Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL – Gina Coleman

Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA – Julia Cardone

The Fulton School – Heath, TX – Cheryl Farrens

Green Valley High School, Henderson, NV – Fernando Agreda

Huntingdon Area High School, Huntingdon, PA – Sally Frehn

J.I. Case High School, Racine, WI – Rebecca McGowan

Jupiter High School, Jupiter, FL – Brian Kovachik

Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH – Ursula Fries-Herfort

NSU Art Museum Academy – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Lori Gregory

Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, IN – Marlina Koonce

Pine Crest School – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Lori Gregory

Rancho High School, Las Vegas, NV – Cat Traen

St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis, MO – Amy Kling

St. Stephens Episopal School – Austin, TX  – Lisa Orr

Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, FL –Heather Alexander

Trumbull High School, Trumbull, CT – Trevor Youngberg

Trinity Prep School, Winter Park, FL – Dawn Ferguson

Willow Field Elementary, Liverpool, NY – Danielle Ruggiero



Alisa (AL) Holen, Throwing on the Potter’s wheel, Vanderburgh County in Southern Indiana

Southern Illinois University Faculty and Students, Art for Your Table Food for            the Community in collaboration with our Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Store

Free Ceramics, The Friendship Center, Helena MT

Wichita State University with WSU Ceramics Guild, Ulrich Museum of Art WSU Hunger Awareness Initiative, and Community Arts and Social Issues Class

Monica Rundquist, Empty Bowls

Kansas City Empty Bowls 2015, Kansas City Ceramic Artist, LeRoy Grubbs, Tommy Frank, Paul Donnelly, Steven Hill

Clay Art Center, Port Chester



Aubrey Purdy Rude and Mat Rude, Listening is Loving


About Across the Table, Across the Land:

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, NCECA invited Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers to curate, Across the Table, Across the Land, a project to examine how clay connects communities through food today. Considering the table as a literal and metaphorical space, this project includes objects, photographs, videos, and associated events during the conference, all drawn from an online archive populated with stories and images of work by NCECA members and K-12 Challenge participants in the US and abroad. Visit and follow acrossthetable2015 on Instagram to view all submissions and to connect with associated exhibition programs taking place during NCECA.

Location: Charlotte Street Foundation, La Esquina Thursday Night Shuttle

1000 W. 25th St, Kansas City, MO 816-994-7730,

 Online: and acrossthetable2015 on instagram


Thanks to the Windgate Charitable Foundation for supporting Across the Table, Across the Land.