NCECA is excited to offer single-day pass scholarships to 100 students and 10 teachers from Kansas City area high schools. Students and teachers from schools located in the Kansas City Metro (including schools between Lawrence, KS and St. Joseph, MO) in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for the Val Cushing Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to attend the 2016 NCECA Conference for free thanks to […]

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Many, many thanks to each and every person who shared their work on the Across the Table, Across the Land webapp! We are in Portland right now, working through the submissions and developing the exhibition component of the project. The range of projects and stories are fantastic, and it is truly a pleasure working through the submissions. All submissions we received are posted in the webapp, visit here to see […]

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I can’t believe I inadvertently left out one of the coolest new things about exhibitions this year when I posted my insiders guide to deciphering the shows.  The flags will help you identify the things you want to see, but what if you need help finding them in the first place?  Sure, they’ll all be in the coming NCECA App, but what about those folks without a smartphone, or the […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The NCECA organization and conference is powered predominantly by a team of passionate people that we call volunteers.  This level of involvement can be both eye-opening and even life-altering.  Volunteering has so many benefits, ranging from seeing the conference from a real inside view to meeting some incredible people.  And of course, there’s also a free conference pass and one year membership in exchange for (approximately) 13 hours of work.   What kind of […]

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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 […]

“If Willie Wonka is known for his chocolate factory, then Christopher Elbow has created a chocolate paradise. Elbow’s upscale confections have been described as “works of art” and Consumer Reports magazine ranked it among the best-tasting chocolate in the nation.” -KCTV5 News Anchor, Brad Stephens But not only is Elbow’s choclate some of the best-tasting, it’s also the best-looking, and for a group of artists, this is ideal chocolate.  His chocolates are tiny edible […]

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Yes, that’s right, earlier than ever before (i think)!  You can now register for what will certainly be one of the most legendary events in ceramic history, at the lowest price there will be.  A full conference pass is under $200 for members, and even less for students and transitional members!  That’s a lower cost than most 2 day workshops, and the value is almost immeasurable!  Demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, shows, networking, […]

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First off, here’s the official word: The Phantastics are a seven member band from Kansas City specializing in tantalizing, genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. But “party” doesn’t encompass the range in which The Phantastics reign. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Expect to hear Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and […]

Calling all Cyclists!  As you start to think about travel plans for the 2016 conference in Kansas City, please try to include Tuesday in your trip.  We are planning a group ride in memory of Glenda Taylor.  This ride was something that Glenda and I had spoken about for the last couple of years as plans for Kansas City were only beginning to form.  She was absolutely committed to making […]

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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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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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Where there is wonder, there is a way… The National Toy and Miniature Museum (T/m) on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City has just reopened to great acclaim following an 18-month, $8 million renovation. With more than 72,000 objects in its holdings, the T/m Museum is a microcosm of our world in the truest sense. It’s a place to marvel at fine-scale miniatures ranging from 1:12 to a […]

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