Dear Clay Friends:

If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2018!

For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2018 in Pittsburgh PA, I have some exciting news to share. We’re inviting you to join hosts Steven Branfman and James Watkins along with some outstanding clay people for an evening of storytelling around the theme of clay. The event will be 90-minutes in duration, is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2:15-3:45pm in rooms 301-303 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. A dozen or so clay artists 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 working with clay. Your age, gender, amount of experience with clay, etc. are irrelevant. It’s all about the story! We would like to have as diverse a lineup of storytellers as we can possibly assemble.

You can augment your story with photographs that will be displayed on the big screen while you tell your story. Your story may be funny, it may be sad, it may be poignant, it may involve the fire department, your mother-in-law, etc. etc. Seems like any time two or more potters get together, interesting things can and do happen!

Email a brief synopsis of your story to Steven at with the subject line : “ClayStory Submission.” include your full name, snail mail address, and the best phone # to reach you.

Looking forward to hearing your story!

Thanks, Steven Branfman and James Watkins