I recently posted in the NCECA Facebook group that I wanted to hear your NCECA questions and I would then answer them here on the blog.  Already I have gotten great responses!  In an email, I was asked about the Exhibitions and Bus Tours.  Shows have become one of the biggest parts of NCECA attendance, so it’s going to take more than one blog post to cover this topic!  Thanks […]

Hi there NCECA Friends! In this will be the first of several installments that will focus on outlining several great places to enjoy a great coffee or tea beverage and something sweet on the side. Order will be in how close these establishments are by area to the convention center. (closest to furthest) My focus will be on the local shops, there are plenty of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks shops […]

Be inspired to get involved at this co-lecture by Michael McCarthy and Steve Dilley, described in the program guide as follows: We teach ceramics to patients in a residential psychiatric hospital. What happens when those working in clay, are in deep personal crisis, trying to transform their own lives? Does clay shape us as much as we shape it? Do these struggles in clay illuminate the creative process in general? For […]

• Register now!  Early bird rates end on February 6th. Maintain your NCECA membership and save up to $65! • Book your flight with NCECA’s Southwest Airlines discount code and save up to 15% on your air fare • Try the Train!  Amtrak’s Northeast Regional originates in Norfolk, VA, travels through Providence and terminates in Boston.  A ticket from Norfolk is about $80, and that’s already cheaper than 5 nights of parking! • […]

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Hi NCECA Friends! On the map number 9 is the Convention Center, the Hilton is located across the street from the Convention Center, and further down the block a Providence Place Mall. The Mall has a variety of chain restaurants that are known for particularly great happy hours, the drinks are nice but the deals on the food are quite nice. Happy Hour deals only take place in the lounge, […]

Hi NCECA Friends! I figured a map of City Center would be most helpful in explaining where some of these hot spots are for restaurants, museums, bars and fun shops! Number 9, is the Convention Center, most places at most at 15-20 minute walk from the convention center. Unless you are hoping to make it up to Thayer Street, in which case you may take a cab, drive or take […]

Hey there NCECA friends! My name is Lauren Skelly, I’m a current graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design, in the ceramics program. I am very excited to be your Resident Foodie and Rhody guide for this year’s NCECA. My goal every week is to post 2-3 sweet/savory spots from around town along with some helpful tips about Providence and hopefully through your feedback answer any Rhody questions you […]

As a board member, I donate my time to NCECA throughout the year.  The “work” I do for this organization never feels like work, because I am surrounded by 16 other volunteer board members and 6 staff members, all of whom put their heart and soul into this organization.  It is truly a rewarding experience.  I love NCECA. I saw some billboards the other day with the image you see above. […]

When making your travel plans for this year’s conference, be sure to include Saturday’s programming in your itinerary!  One of the highlights of the day is sure to be treasured potter, Jack Troy, who will be delivering this year’s closing lecture. From 10:35am-11:35am in the Ballroom, Troy will be speaking on the topic of Anecdotal Evidence: “For myself,” wrote Stanley Kunitz,”I have come to believe that the most wonderful thing to tell is […]

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) The NCECA podcast has returned!  With big thanks to Ben Carter for all of his expertise and assistance, NCECA has been releasing a variety of episodes for our members to enjoy!  This season premiered in September with an episode recorded live at the 2014 Conference in Milwaukee, Igniting the Workshop Circuit.  Since then, we have made available Episode 18, Factory as Studio a panel moderated by […]

…with a mobile education and outreach gallery for beautiful handmade pottery–a collaboration between over 100 clay artists In Boston, we’ve recently launched a project to spread our passion for ceramics and design. We’re converting a 17ft bread truck into a mobile ceramics gallery, called POW! (Pots On Wheels) in order to bring excellent pottery to those who may not have had the opportunity to touch clay before. Our gallery will display a diverse range of work from […]

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Tampa, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, and now Providence… Hard to believe that this year will be Student Perspective’s 5th birthday. Wow! Time sure does fly by. I still remember my first board meeting as the new student director for NCECA, and the idea of a student programming thread being put forth as we sat around the conference table down in Tampa, back in May of 2010. I was still absorbing the […]

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We are excited to make available the video footage from NCECA’s inaugural Roundtable Discussion.  At our 48th annual meeting in Milwaukee, with generous support from the Chipstone Foundation, NCECA was able to bring together a “dream team” panel of creative thinkers in and adjacent to our field.  The title of this roundtable, “Handle as Bridge: Creativity, Learning & Purpose” was inspired by a 1911 essay by philosopher and critic Georg Simmel that […]

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