Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

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Red earth: past and present.

By |2016-02-22T11:40:53-05:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

Gail Kendall professor emeritus University of Lincoln, NE takes the stage with David Eichelberger, Assistant Professor at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia, unified with their love of earthenware and balanced by their contrasting surfaces. Kendall is influenced by the exhuberant [...]

Creativity and Kids, Clay and Community.

By |2016-02-15T11:05:31-05:00February 15th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

Changing it up a bit this year for the 50th and the anticipated crowds with less hands-on and more lesson or classroom ideas to inspire and revitalize you and your students. Investigating ways to mobilize you with your colleagues and [...]

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Grey Area Programming

By |2016-02-03T07:44:03-05:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

Gray matter*: the stuff between your ears and between your years (of official education). As mentioned in a previous post, the Gray Area is a space for programming that didn’t quite fit elsewhere, but still has important information to share. [...]

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Process Oriented. Thursday’s Line Up.

By |2016-01-25T08:54:35-05:00January 25th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

The Process Room has blossomed into one of the conference’s most popular offerings, way beyond the glimmer it was in former Program Director, Steve Hilton’s eyes three years ago. As those who attended NCECA in Providence know, the room was [...]

Art to carry the message and the mind.

By |2016-01-11T20:17:37-05:00January 18th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

“The art must be strong enough to carry the message-the message alone will never carry the art.” -Richard Notkin. When I was in college, my father and I took a road trip to Syracuse to the Everson Museum to see [...]

Math is hard, I’d rather wedge.

By |2016-01-02T18:17:43-05:00January 4th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

With the start of the new year, I start to shuffle through all my receipts and attempt to make sense of my organizational system, which looks a lot like my cats do my filing for me. They do love paperwork. [...]

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Mondays with Mary: Becoming a Mentor Without Going Mental

By |2015-12-17T17:26:25-05:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured, Student Concerns|

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 [...]

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Mondays with Mary: A Demonstration of Feminine Ingenuity and Wiles.

By |2015-12-11T15:02:40-05:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

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 [...]

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Mondays with Mary: A Utility Belt of Possibility

By |2015-11-19T13:32:58-05:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2016 Conference, Featured|

The incomparable and always informative Pete Pinnell provides food for thought for potters who make pots for food. For too long the debate of craft vs art has stymied and stigmatized the handcrafted object. Pete is going to put that [...]

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Monday with Mary – Demonstrating Artists, Part 1

By |2015-11-02T23:25:44-05:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Featured|

For our 50th Anniversary Conference, we are mixing things up with the demonstrating artists: pairing an established artist with someone they have worked with or taught over the years. With our theme as “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” I want to [...]

“Gray Area”, your “Grey Matter” & how an El Camino explains it all…

By |2015-08-04T11:23:09-05:00August 4th, 2015|Categories: 2016 Conference, Conference Programming, Featured, Programming|

We get a lot of great proposals for our conference and it is so hard to accept them all and find room in two days in a Convention Center to fit them all.  This year, we noticed a pattern; several [...]

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