Last year around this time, I heard a LOT of people asking, often incredulously, “Why Milwaukee????”  By only a few days into the conference, attendees realized that there were more reasons for why Milwaukee was an AMAZING location for our 48th annual conference than there are inches of snow there in the winter.  Although this year’s choice of Providence, RI isn’t garnering quite as much confusion & head-scratching, I still hear a fair number of questions […]

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) will award scholarships to six Rhode Island artists to attend the 49th Annual NCECA Conference in Providence, March 25-38. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premiere event for ceramic art, drawing thousands each year. […]

Demonstrating Artists are among the headline presenters at the annual NCECA conference. NCECA strives to present makers grappling with a range of formal, technical and conceptual concerns operating across the field. Typically, four Demonstrating Artists present at each conference. On Thursday and Friday of the conference two artists present concurrently on stage and a shift of presenters takes place from morning to afternoon. Artist pairings provide a framework for presenters […]

A Logic of Chance The 2015 NCECA Biennial had its opening reception at the David Winton Bell Gallery of Brown University on a snowy Friday, January 30 evening. This year’s effort was juried by Bell Gallery Director, Jo-ann Conklin, studio potter Linda Christianson and Anders Ruhwald, head of ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art. NCECA’s recurring juried endeavor (first called the National and since 2009, the Biennial) represents an important opportunity […]

As we’re gearing for the 2015 conference Lively Experiments in Providence Rhode Island, and NCECA’s 50th anniversary conference Makers, Mentors, and Milestones in Kansas City. We would like to extend an invitation to submit images of moments and people that you found inspiring throughout any of NCECA’s past conference’s. Please include information about what was present in the images. Who, what, when, and where. Selected images maybe used in a promotional video for Makers, Mentors, and […]

The challenge of packing and shipping work is one that all artists artists face, but none more than ceramic artists.  If the fragile fired pieces don’t arrive at their destination in the same number of pieces as they left their origin, it can be a very costly process to replace the work, not to mention the expense of your time to deal with a shipping damage claim.  Equally as costly can […]

If you missed last week’s issue of “Inside NCECA”, you can read more about how Bus Tours work and learn all about the New Bedford Bus Tour here.  This week, I have TWO tours to share with you, Boston and Newport!  During our board meetings in Providence, I had the opportunity to go to both of these beautiful cities and see several of the spots on the tours.  Salve Regina […]

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back? The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU to help a budding student artist develop his or her potential! The student critique room will be open from 8:30am-4pm on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th in room 554A of the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.  Click here to see a list of time slots available. After […]

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! This will be the first of several installments that will focus on  several places to enjoy a great coffee or tea beverage and something sweet on the side. They will be arranged by in how close these establishments are to the convention center. (closest to furthest) Providence had a great number of coffee and tea shops that are sure to impress your tastebuds. Ellie’s Bakery Located […]

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

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