Earlier this week while working on a commissioned jar for kombucha… I was mid-coil, bent over the cylinder, with my nose buried in the scent of wet clay. Honestly, the essence of muddy water emanating from the humid core of the vessel was intoxicating. It might sound melodramatic, but that makes it no less true. I kept putting my nose back over the top so I could smell the wet clay […]

In our fast-paced world full of cross-country and even cross-world communications via the world wide web, there are a few who find deep connections in the terra firma.  David Peters embraces the earth as a partner in the creation of his work.  He utilizes geological survey maps and other tools to find deposits of clay throughout Montana, prepares these clays for pottery use, and then makes ware utilizing traditional methods.  Hear […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

The Process Room at Material World, NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee consisted of 16 different artists demonstrating specific ceramic techniques/processes within 30 minutes.   In this second year of the popular conference feature, we added a camera and sound equipment so that we can provide the content online!  Below, check out a video of the popular session with Rhonda Willers on Weathered Surfaces, and click here to view and download Willer’s detailed […]

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Cynthia Bringle makes pots…”useful things”.  She is a Lifetime member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a Felow of the American Craft Council, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art, and  North Carolina Living Treasure.  She was awarded the North Carolina Award for Fine Art, and was the subject of the third NCECA Spirit of Ceramics Video.  For over 50 years she has made her living […]

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The Process Room at Material World, NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee consisted of 16 different artists demonstrating specific ceramic techniques/processes within 30 minutes.   In this second year of the popular conference feature, we added a camera and sound equipment so that we can provide the content online!  Below, check out a condensed video of the popular session with Mark Cole on using wax resist for layering glazes, and be sure […]

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NCECA has just released a 40-minute video on YouTube documenting Virtual Realities, Material World, one of the most popular panel presentations from NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee. This session included presentations by Ben Carter, Carlole Epp, Michael Kline and Adam Field. Go take a look and learn how your peers in the clay world are using social media to advance their work, connect with audiences and sustain vibrant professional networks.  Check […]

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The initial and easy assessment of Zimra Beiner the person? Mind you, “easy” means from a distance. Watching someone who is naturally engulfed in observing his world and is not particularly concerned with how the world is observing him will leave one with an impression revealing more about one’s own peccadillos than the reality of who Beiner is and what actually motivates his studio practice. So what is really going […]

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Theaster Gates entered into my consciousness on November 20, 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. His presentation, “Time is Longer Than the Rope” was a startlingly brief 20-minute performance. Gates delivered a powerful multi-layered message complete with inferences to I-ching, ‘the hoodoo of the postmodern’ and offered up alternative ways to engage African art with the western (read white) canon of art. The audience was primarily composed […]

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The 2014 Conference Survey is HERE!  Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.  Responses from past surveys HAS influenced board decisions and led to the improvements in the process room, lower bus ticket prices and much more. Click here to take survey

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