As we gather around tables across the country, our conversations with friends, family and loved ones are established around food-fueled fellowship. These conversations take place in many formats – potlucks, private dinners, big community events and quiet evenings together. Ceramic artists across the land make objects that serve as an accompaniment to these lively conversations, bringing another layer to rich traditions. But what do you do when your loved one […]

Some of the projects submitted to Across the Table, Across the Land involve performance, multiple sites, or employ complex layers of action and meaning. Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes’ ongoing Tea project is a good example of how ceramics brings people together to share time, food, and challenging conversations. Special thanks to Amber and Aaron for writing and contributing this blog post; photos courtesy of the artists.   Where is […]

Many projects are flowing into Across the Table, Across the Land and we are excited to share some of these over the next two months leading up to the final deadline of January 4th. This recent submission by Lauren Sandler speaks to the potential of bringing together students working in clay with organizations who serve the unique needs of communities. Lauren is thinking expansively about the potential of clay, food […]

We are having a sugar-filled week co-hosting Pots in Action, thanks to an invitation from Ayumi Horie! Our hosting ends on November 1, but watch for news of our upcoming challenge here and on Ayumi’s @PotsinAction instagram feed. To keep up with EVERYTHING we are doing, make sure you follow us on Instagram @acrossthetable2015   This week’s challenge is SWEETS! Going into the weekend, be sure to add your pictures […]

Across the Table, Across the Land, a project of the National Ceramic Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), is designed to to be a snapshot of what is happening today at the intersection of food, clay and community. When you stop and think about it… That is probably EVERYONE in our amazing clay community. Not just potters or “social practice” artists. Our practice is often a social endeavor […]

You are cordially invited to participate in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Across the Table, Across the Land national project and exhibition which takes place in Kansas City to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NCECA. As part of the Across the Table, Across the Land project we have a special opportunity for k-12 educators and students to share.   Learn how to get you and […]

As Paul Sacaridiz so deftly explained in his introduction, this conversation, Pass the Peas, Food Objects and the Making of Community, stemmed out of a project NCECA began in 2014 in Milwaukee, the idea of developing a curated roundtable discussion.  The impetus for this came from thinking about the way in which NCECA brings in a keynote, who sets the tone for the conference, sets out a series of ideas that we […]

We kick off blogging about Project Submissions to Across the Table, Across the Land with a project led by Macy Dorf, who lives in Denver, Colorado.   Macy has had a studio/gallery for over thirty years in the same neighborhood. The building houses a number of groups, and is part of an urban renewal project. Macy’s project submission via the Across the Table webapp ) shared how he connects three disparate […]

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Are you a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-bac STUDENT? Stop procrastinating, and apply now for the National Student Juried Exhibition! This year’s exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2016 conference Makers, Mentors and Milestones at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, March 4 – April 30, 2016. Take the opportunity to have your work viewed by this year’s jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers. The process is easy; simply follow […]

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Periodically during the fall we will be issuing challenges in the form of assignments to inspire immediate ways to get involved with the Across the Table, Across the Land project. Please refer to the NCECA Across the Table, Across the Land site at and click on “Field Guide” for more information. First Fall Challenge: Opportunity: Clay Could Make This Better Opportunities to move hand-crafted ceramic objects into the world […]

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The nominations for NCECA Honors and Awardees always seem to fall right around the time that the Emmy’s recognize excellence in the television industry. I have a close relationship with someone that’s been trying to get me to go for years but I always decline because the NCECA Honors and Awards ceremony is my own personal “CerEmmy” experience and there is no award ceremony that can match it. There is […]

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This exhibition features YOU and the work you do to connect ceramics, community and food. Developed and curated by Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers, Across the Table, Across the Land is a member’s exhibition for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary Conference in 2016. The final exhibition will take place at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City. People dedicated to ceramics, like you, are central to community. NCECA wants to celebrate how you make that happen. We want to […]

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One thing we can all agree on about people who work with clay: they set a gorgeous table. Whether the cups, plates, and bowls are made by the host or other artists and potters, the presentation of food is usually accompanied by ceramic tableware. This is regardless of where the host’s own work is situated on the functional to conceptual spectrum. Eating together, sharing food and conversation – this is […]

For the last few years, NCECA has been working on a video project to commemorate and celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  Since Houston, we have been capturing memories and stories from quite a few of our members.  The goal is to put these together to tell the story of NCECA’s first 50 years.  It is getting more and more exciting as the date gets closer. We have such a wonderful and rich history. […]

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