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 […]

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 2015! For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, I have some exciting news to share. I’d like to ask you to join Steven Branfman and myself along with some outstanding potters for an […]

…Film night! We are excited to announce this NEW conference event.  If you’re attending our 49th annual meeting in Providence, definitely plan to come relax and enjoy an inspiring film from the clay community at 5:30 on Thursday night, just before heading out to the show openings and galleries. Filmmakers – we are now accepting submissions for this opportunity. Click here to learn all the details for how to submit your film!

In contrast to the changing seasons, currently in the mode of closing another chapter of life, 2014 Emerging Artist Mel Griffin has been opening one. Planting seeds with deliberate and thoughtful choices, Griffin has stepped away from a peripatetic life and stepped into ownership of a new home and studio. After two years at the Archie Bray Foundation, she is permanently staking her claim in Helena, Montana. Carefully considered decision […]

Break out the Champagne! NCECA, is returning to Kansas City for an unprecedented FOURTH TIME  to celebrate its 50th annual Conference: Makers, Mentors, and Milestones.  Previous conferences were held in Kansas City in 1969, 1989, and 2002.  No other city has hosted 4 NCECA Conferences.  The reasons are obviousl: with world-class museums, architecture and “farm to table” cuisine the Kansas City region has a strong legacy and a passionate support […]

2014 was an exciting year for the Arts/Industry program. Not only did we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a sweeping retrospective exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a well-attended opening celebration, but we also had many opportunities to work with the NCECA Milwaukee conference! The Arts Center partnered with NCECA to offer a special preconference tour of the Arts/Industry studios at Kohler Co. and of the exhibition […]

NCECA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.  Our 49th meeting in Providence next March will kick off the lead-up to the celebration of this important milestone in our organization.  Believe it or not, we have already been planning for our 50th anniversary for several years.  Now we are coming to you, our membership for some suggestions. We want your ideas and input on some of the most visible aspects of […]

The time you’ve been waiting patiently for has come!  NCECA 2015 Conference Registration is now open!  Join us in Providence for our 49th annual meeting.  You won’t find a better price than our Early Bird Registration pricing.  Check out our packed preliminary program, and you might also look over some of our FAQ.  Please note, your membership is separate from your conference registration.   Many people find it most convenient […]

It’s that time again… it’s the “Oscars” of the ceramic world! Our community has the opportunity and responsibility to honor, recognize and acknowledge individuals in the field who have made incredible contributions. These are folks who have left a lasting impact and legacy with their work, service, teaching/mentorship or outstanding projects. We all know someone who has contributed in ways that change the way we see and think and left […]

In a 46-minute performance talk, Artist, Theaster Gates will present a new work that traces the creation of several artistic narratives that point to the rich and dynamic possibility of clay within his larger practice. The Need for Blackness suggests that there is a need for a more critical examination of the histories of black legacies within Ceramic traditions. Using collections of images that he has gathered from the Museum […]

Deadline – September 24 @ MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME!Attention all full time undergrad, grad and post-back students — it is time to apply to be a part of the nation’s première showcase of student talent in ceramics!  Apply now to NCECA’s 2015 National Juried Student Exhibition, juried by Ryan LaBar and Magdalene Odundo and see you in Providence, RI in March!

NCECA is excited to announce the revival of our podcast!  This season premiers with an episode recorded live at the 2014 Conference in Milwaukee.  Igniting the Workshop Circuit, a popular panel led by moderator Tommy Frank with panelists Linda Arbuckle, Bill Griffith & Sandi Pierantozzi is available directly on the web here, or you can subscribe to it in iTunes and get new content delivered directly to you.   We have […]

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Do you like a challenge? Do you live life as a “lively experiment?” Do you push boundaries, can you solve problems on the fly while working in front of an audience? Then, 2015 NCECA Projects Space is where you need to be. Don’t worry- you still have a month to complete your application materials for the October 1 due date for the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence! NCECA’s Projects Space is […]

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I was a guest speaker at the 48th annual NCECA Conference, held this year in Milwaukee. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a dynamic and influential organization that celebrates the creative potential of clay. Almost 4,500 of its members were at the conference, nearly all of them potters. I spoke on Dave, the Edgefield slave potter, who is the subject of my book, CAROLINA CLAY. There […]