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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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