You’ve met the board, you’ve met the staff… but do you know who’s doing all those Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumbler and Facebook posts? It’s time to meet your NCECA social media team!
Amanda Barr, Social Media Director (amandambarr.com)
What social media-ing do you do? A little bit of everything, but my main job is the Instagram feed.
Where do you currently live/work? Seattle, Washington; I’m a resident artist at Pottery Northwest, teach Spanish adjunct at community college, and work as a social media consultant.
How did you first find out about NCECA? I’m pretty sure I saw a poster somewhere when I was first taking community art classes.
What made you apply for the social media team? A whim, I thought “I do that stuff, I can help!” And here I am now, three years later.
Tell me a story about your first conference I was supposed to go to Seattle in 2012 but I was sick and had to cancel, so my first conference ended up being Houston 2013. My hotel was a 45-minute bus ride away.
Tell me about your work as an artist. I am a porcelain person, mostly functional with a lot of surface decoration.
What are a few of your hobbies? Reading ALL THE THINGS. Gardening, cooking, and Netflix.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? Crackle. Purposefully messed up.
Tim See (timseeclay.com)
What social media-ing do you do? Facebook for NCECA, overall fan of fb, periscope, youtube and instagram.
Where do you currently live/work?Syracuse, NY
How did you first find out about NCECA?Went as an undergrad to San Diego 2003
What made you apply for the social media team? I had all the infrastructure in place to be a volunteer.
Tell me about your work as an artist. Wood fired with industrial motifs. I paint with mason stains; the current series is a storyline called the Bucketheads, a post-apocalyptic fable in which humans have been extinct for a long time. As the story has developed on my work, the Bucketheads split into two groups: one good and the other evil. Over time they began to exhibit behaviors aligned with their character.
What are a few of your hobbies? I make pickles, act as cat chew toy and camp when I can.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? Shiny white, no one really likes it but you gotta have it around for when you need it.
What social media-ing do you do?
I do the tumblr and Twitter pages for NCECA. I usually relog posts that seem innovative or interesting in the field and try to keep us connected with our Twitter followers.
Where do you currently live/work? I currently live in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I’m finishing my degree in ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
How did you first find out about NCECA? I first found out about NCECA in my second year at Sheridan College, when all my profs and peers raved about the conference. A year later I attended it myself and got to see what all the fuss was about.
Tell me a story about your first conference My first NCECA was Milwaukee (2014). I was just beginning to find my voice as a person of color in the art world. I got to hear Theaster Gates speak about the need for diversity in our field and all the amazing work he does, which was incredibly inspiring. It was a pretty emotional experience.
Tell me about your work as an artist. My work surrounds my experience of being a Muslim woman living in North America, and the issues facing my community in a post 9-11 society. Recently I’ve been exploring mixed media, particularly welded steel and clay. I’m interested in what happens when clay is pushed to its limit, when it’s exposed to external and internal pressures and using that to convey the issues faced by the Muslim community.
What are a few of your hobbies? My hobbies include binge-watching shows on Netflix, making handmade books, petting stray cats and playing video games.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? If I were a glaze I’d be maiolica. Easy, stable and no-nonsense. Generally reliable, but a potential badass.
What social media-ing do you do? Queen of Pinterest, all the pinning!
Where do you currently live/work? Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Sophia is the co-owner and General Manager of Stone Leaf Pottery. She is responsible creating and maintaining the website, writing and sending the monthly newsletter, and generating most social media content. Sophia is also the Vendor Coordinator for the Colorado Art Education Association.
How did you first find out about NCECA? Uh, my family owns a clay supply business.
What made you apply for the social media team? I believe strongly in contributing time to the clay community, and helping with NCECA’s Pinterest Page seemed like a good fit for my skills.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? OMG. Uhm. Too many favorites but I’d be a cone 5 body with lots of depth, texture, and personality.
Rabbit hole, am I right? Creating a static online resource page for anything is an impossibility. It would need to be updataed daily. Instead, we have put together this “list of the moment”, You can check out the first part here and watch for more in the future! Feel free to leave suggestions for sites to be included in part 3 in the comments below!
American Craft American Craft Council Magazine,dedicated to championing contemporary American craft
Ceramic Artists Now CAN features contemporary ceramic artists
Ceramic Arts Daily tips, tricks, resources, videos, links, forums, and more. Home of Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly, both available digitally
Ceramics.org more technical/ceramics engineering but interesting
Ceramics: Art and Perception quarterly magazine on ceramic art featuring articles, color pictures on every page, functional and sculptural work, useful information on events and reviews
Ceramics Now independent art platform and magazine specialized in contemporary ceramics
Ceramics Today comprehensive independent ceramics site, used to be known as claynet, perhaps you remember it?
CFile global knowledge center for contemporary ceramics and clay
Clay Times ceramic art trends, tools, and techniques for potters worldwide
The Studio Potter quarterly publication on issues in ceramics
Recently, there have been articles featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, even the Wall Street Journal!
Consortiums (fancy name for groupings)
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) emergency resources for artists
aid to artisans creating economic opportunities for crafts people in developing countries around the world
accessCeramics contemporary ceramics image resource
Artaxis curated independent network of artists
ArtesMundi internationally focused art organization
Objective Clay regular articles by 14 artists
Make and Do Canadian ceramic artists unite!
Artist Communities resources that connect artists
Both Artist and Mother the ongoing experiment of being artist and parent
Pottery Making Info content about making pottery, links to more ceramic blogs, pottery directory, pottery resources
ClayArt Boards old school internet bulletin board style
Musing About Mud calls for entry, emerging artists, technical Tuesdays, job postings, residency opportunities, movie day, Monday morning eye candy- a never ending feed of new information
Useful Sites for Things
Ceramic Recipes organize your recipes online!
Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans a gold mine of posts put together by University of Montana’s Julia Galloway and her students with interviews from working artists.
Alfred’s Raw Materials Lab thank you, Alfred, for helping me pass Raw Materials
Art Stream Library just click this one
Ceramics Academy Andrew Martin teaching molds and slipcasting
Digitalfire Raw Materials all the raw data on all the raw materials
Ceramics Research Paul Mathieu up in Canada making things happen. His new book, Art of the Future is also available online!
Fun times on Instagram with PotsInAction
Wood Kilns of the World with Simon Levin
Residency, PostBacc, MFA, Employment
many of the above sites have info on these, here are some more
Reflections and Considerations on Residency
Ceramics Today residency list
The Abundant Artist
For an unlimited, updated supply of these resources, try following NCECA on Pinterest!
Social media has gotten HOT this year. The NCECA Instagram account is about to hit 8,000 followers, our Facebook and Twitter pages are more active than ever, the blog is going strong- and we’ve even added Snapchat and Periscope accounts to round out the club, which also includes a Tumblr feed, YouTube channel, and Pinterest boards.
What does that mean for you? It means you can be part of the conference year round, by joining the groups, following the feeds, and connecting with other members digitally. One of the easiest way to do this is through HASHTAGS!
Hashtagging is simple. When you upload a photo, video, or post about the conference, you simply add #NCECA2016 and are immediately made part of the digital conference feed. After the conference we’ll integrate all of those posts into a link for everyone to browse and see all of the great things posted. If you didn’t make the conference, this is a great way to follow along; if you’re there you know you can’t be everywhere at once so let’s all help make it possible to see it all!
As always, be sure to follow @nceca on all your favorite platforms, as well as
If you want more hashtags because you just love to ###, here’s a list of more tags and venue accounts that will be used during this year’s conference:
Social Media. Intimidating, I know. Today I’m going to talk about those things you’ve been seeing around, possibly using- hashtags. Aka the pound sign with a word after it. #hashtag
What? – Hashtags collect what is called “metadata” (data about data- it summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier). Basically, hashtags create easily searchable key words or phrases within posts on social media. Searching for a particular hashtag will show you all posts using that tag.
How? – Hashtags are created by using the hash symbol # followed by a string of alphanumeric characters. They CAN NOT include spaces or punctuation symbols. #nceca2016 works. #nceca-2016 or #nceca 2016 don’t.
When? – Use hashtags somewhat sparingly. Hashtags are commonly used to create #emphasis in postings, but they’re meant to be searchable links to similar media. Search #nceca2015 and you’ll find all of the posts from anyone who used the tag for our 2015 conference. Don’t overuse the hashtag. With great power comes great responsibility. A whole post of hashtags is just annoying.
Where? – Used on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, YouTube, Flickr, Kickstarter, Google+, blogs, and so many more.
Why? – COLLECT all your posts! CONNECT people with similar interests! SHARE stories and experiences! There’s even a new type of social involvement called “hashtag activism” (see #ALSicebucketchallenge)
-history break- hashtags formed out of the C computer programming language and got their big break online in 2007 during the San Diego forest fire. Facebook adopted them in 2013. —
To create a hashtag for an event or group:
1.Create a short, easy to remember (and spell) tag. Be clever, be reasonable.
For NCECA’s 50th anniversary project Across the Table, Across the Land, we looked at #acrossthetable and #tableandland
2.Search your desired hashtags.
Searching #acrossthetable showed that this tag was already in use- for people Instagramming pictures of the person eating across from them. For specific purposes like this, it’s best not to use a tag that’s already in use. #tableandland was unique so it was the winner!
3.Share the hashtag across social media, use it, ask others to use it.
Let’s be honest, getting to the annual NCECA conference costs money, as do any kind of professional development opportunities. Many of us budget for it every year, others apply for grants and scholarships, some are fortunate enough to be sponsored by work or schools. A lot of attendees have been holding fundraising efforts, both as groups and individuals. I’ve seen these range from selling pots on Facebook and Etsy to Kickstarter campaigns and bake sales. One school asked for artists to donate pieces of art for auction to raise money for their students, who had work in the K-12 show, to attend. It’s an opportunity to get creative, and to involve the community, friends and family. All of this furthers the mission of NCECA–education.
Coinciding with the opening of Lauren Mabry’s solo show at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery, the current Red Star resident ceramic artists presented their fundraiser, Sip Shop. I took some time to speak to the residents involved about how it worked.
The idea for Sip Shop came from resident Brice Dyer’s stint at St. Pete Clay in Florida, where Lydia Johnson hosted the Grown Up Lemonade Stand fundraiser. The idea was for all of the residents to create cups for sale, both online and at the event. Patrons who purchased their cups and attended theopening, also received a free adult beverage in their new cup.
In creating Sip Shop, the residents worked together, their first joint assignment. Each was assigned a specific task– logistics, setting up the Etsy shop, photography,
bartending, graphic design, etc. Everyone
was responsible for helping to market the sale on their own social media feeds, though they created a timeline as not to overwhelm followers.
Red Star Studio Manager Tommy Frank, having recently attended Arrowmont
School of Arts and Crafts first annual “Pentaculum” event, donated multiple collaborative cups he created with other artists during the week-long residency. Belger and Red Star were incredibly supportive of the endeavor, giving use of gallery space, helping with setup and displays. Brice Dyer says Sip Shop would not have been possible without their help.
In addition to allowing residents to raise funds for professional development opportunities, such as attending the 2015 NCECA conference, fundraiser benefits were plentiful:
- * the experience helped the residents bond;
- * residents worked with the gallery and gained experience inmany aspects of putting on an exhibition;
- * residents networked with other artists in creating “collectorspacks,” sets of cups that included a cup made by each resident andone made by an established artist who was invited by a resident;
- * the experience generated other ideas for working with the local community, including an upcoming collaboration with Tommy Frank to decorate clay “piggy” and “cow” banks to sell and raise money for scholarships to send children to Red Star’s summer art camps;
- * everyone had a lot of fun;
- * all worked together for the common good
Resident Catie Miller said her favorite part of creating Sip Shop was being pushed to create new work. She worked on a new design of cups that was exclusive to Sip Shop. Jamie Bates Slone, normally a sculptor, got to explore functional ware, and particularly enjoyed learning to set up a live event in the gallery.
(Left to right: Jamie Bates Slone, Maura Wright, Catie Miller)
As an attendee, I can say that Sip Shop was a splash. It was well set up, smoothly run, and quite a bit of fun. From speaking to all the participants, I can say that this is exactly the type of activity that programs should encourage, as the relationships formed between the residents and the lessons learned from the experience have already made their time at Red Star a success. Community is key in any group environment, and community will enhance the work and experience of these residents.
Residents: Jamie Bates Slone, Catie Miller, Maura Wright, Brice Dyer, and Lea Griggs.
The follow-up: I talked to the residents several months after Sip Shop to find out how they felt about it. Here’s what they had to say.
Catie Miller: “This is really exciting. The Sip Shop was put in place as a professional development fundraiser. This left it open to the residents to use the money to attend NCECA and other conferences, and participate in other residencies. Each of us made $500 after expenses. We sold out of nearly all the cups. I’m using the money to buy a used kiln and set up a home studio after my residency ends in June. Following the Sip Shop the residents are working collaboratively with Tommy Frank to design “piggy”or rather “cow” banks as a scholarship fundraiser for Red Star Studios summer art camp. Next year I think we will make more cups (we each made 20 this year), have Red Star resident alumni involvement, as well as the visiting artist collector packs. Overall, a great experience and reaction from the public.”
Brice Dyer: “The Sip Shop Event was definitely a success, we were able to raise money for professional development (I am going to Watershed this summer and Arrowmont in the fall) as well as work together as a group of residents and build even more camaraderie. The support we saw from locals as well as the greater clay community was more than we had anticipated and we could not have been happier with the outcome. In the future I think we will need to make a few more cups as well as enlist the help of friends of Red Star.”
Jamie Bates Slone: “This experience really brought us closer as a group. It not only helped us monetarily, but it also aided us in communicating for future events and studio issues.”
Conclusion? Make more cups. It was a huge success for the residents monetarily, professionally, and boosted camaraderie.
What’s happening with ceramic artists in your community? If you are involved in creative collaborations that generate resources for professional development for artists and would like to share your experiences, NCECA would love to hear from you. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories and you could be featured here!