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 annual conference for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts descended upon Milwaukee last Tuesday and stayed through Saturday afternoon. In those few days, over 4,000 people came to the talks, demonstrations, and exhibits in the Wisconsin Center. The Milwaukee Art Museum alongside numerous galleries in the 3rd Ward hosted concurrent independent exhibitions, showing ceramic based work from local, national, and international artists. Potters, sculptors, collectors and clay enthusiast mixed […]

NCECA is anxious to start getting conference content up online, but we need your help!  Our resources are, sadly, somewhat limited, so we must prioritize the sessions.  The best way you can tell us what you want to see online first is to use the NCECA App to provide feedback.  Within the app, for every session, you can identify that you attended and you can give it a rating of […]

This vase and two bowls were made by James Davis, and are on display in the Marks of Fire show at the Central Library, within easy walking distance of the Wisconsin Center. I saw so many great pieces of ceramics today. There is no way to show you even a survey of the work. One of the best gallery stops that I made was to the Marshall building. I spent […]

What a blur! The first day at NCECA was a blast. I spent a major part of the day in and around the vendor hall. I sat at the SIUC table for the afternoon, and spent the morning watching Expo Artist Talks at a number of the galleries in the expo. hall. My favorite presentations were by Susan Filley and Danny Meisinger, of Spinning Earth Pottery. All the galleries were […]

This year the Green Task Force will be back in the Resource Hall at booth space #137, Look for the NCECA GTF Banner.  We have several special guests that will be in and out of the booth during the course of the conference.  I want to give a huge thank you to all of the people that are contributing to the booth this year and are really making the GTF […]

Sprinkled among the multitude of objects that fill our Material World; ceramics whether industrially manufactured or hand crafted, from the recent or distant past, even fresh out of the kiln, collide in the present.  Continually in flux as their function and relevance shifts, ceramics objects move through time and space adjusting to present tastes, trends and values.  Artists exploring the flow between factory and studio, museum collection and discard pile, […]

One of the highlights of the conference for me is the NCECA Gallery Expo, especially the Tuesday night Expo Reception.  I was first “born into NCECA” as a commercial exhibitor, spending my days in the Resource Hall, which never left much time for seeing Art.  I remember first seeing the Expo at the Louisville NCECA, and it was a beautiful sight to behold from my booth in the Big Convention […]

Niki & her interns were also nice enough to do a lot of “research” into the Milwaukee Night Life.  The weather may be cold, but these hot spots should warm you up (Note: I can personally attest to the awesomeness of High-Hat and really anything on Brady Street.  I and a few of my board buddies sampled several offerings of this hip spot when we were in Milwaukee for our […]

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Intentions in our yoga practice help to form not only the material mass of the physical body, but also shape the thoughts we carry during the yoga session and into the ceramic studio. The transformative power of yoga can change our attitudes toward our body, artwork, and the world.  Intentions can manifest reality to a degree that we can eventually create a veritable Garden of Eden by directing our thoughts. […]

There has been some discussion on twitter about working out a tweet up at NCECA this year.  We’ll actually have a couple of opportunities for you to meet all your twitter friends IRL at the conference.  Tuesday night at the Gallery Expo opening reception, I (Cindy) will have some special tweet-up token to drop into your NCECA name badge holder, and a silver sharpie pen for you to write in your […]

If you belong to the club that requires caffeine to start your engine in the morning, While you’re in Milwaukee, you might like to try out one of these great spots scouted by Niki Johnson and her amazing interns:

I can’t believe it! I am getting ready to go to my very first NCECA conference, in Milwaukee WI next week. I have wanted to go for years. This year is the year. Hi. My name is Kathy Maves. I am a potter originally from Elk Mound, Wisconsin which is about an hour and a half east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. I am in my second of three years in […]