In her article on pages 26-27 of the NCECA journal, Rachel K. Garceau describers herself as a wheel-thrower, a mold maker, a slip caster, a printmaker and a storyteller.  Her work is clearly the synthesis of these many identities and their unique principles and skill sets.  She wrote: Through all of these processes, I am continually on a path of discovery.  And each day I arrive in the studio, it […]

In his article, Finding One’s Wheel, which appears on page 27-28 of the 2015 NCECA Journal, Roberto Lugo described himself as a “potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet and educator.”   I believe I would add “inspiration,” “mentor” and “ceramics rockstar” to that list.  Additionally, he wrote:  I have a dream where I can change the world by making pots, showing others how to make pots, and by bringing those very […]

 Listening to stories of David Peters I’ve often wondered where the boundary  is between ardent investigator and dogmatic zealot. For those standing  outside the circle of wood fire (of which I am one) it is easy to tick the box  marked “zealot” when stories of week-long firings, laborious reclamation  processes, hours on bended knees, and sleepless nights roll out with  seemingly obligatory cups of whiskey.  Too easy. Any earnest maker, […]

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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 […]

Adam Shiverdecker’s body of work presents a unique opportunity to consider the role of the artist. Any work of art, taken as a singular object, is like contemplating one measure without the context of the entire melody. And, usually that is the slice we are given as the audience of visual art. Perhaps it is the pursuit OF context that keeps us, the audience, excited, researching a maker, pursuing their […]

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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 […]

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Friday night I had the opportunity to attend the opening of 2014 NCECA Emerging Artist Lauren Mabry’s solo show, Passages, at Belger Crane Yard Red Star Studios in Kansas City, and she was kind enough to take a moment out of her busy night to speak to me about her experiences as an emerging artist. Lauren’s first NCECA exposure came in 2002, when she participated in the annual K-12 show. In […]

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Confident posture. Direct gaze. An assured knowing her handshake will be firm. The word TRUE comes to mind. TRUE in the sense of direction or plumb. While “earthy” is not an apt description, “grounded” certainly is. Lauren Mabry is a bright, young smile giving us a crooked wink. Her works have been placed alongside Peter Voulkos, Richard Notkin, and Steven Young Lee in American Art Collector. Her work has been paired in […]

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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The Emerging Artist deadline is quickly approaching.  September 30. 2014 NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to […]

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Adam Shiverdecker’s newest work, a solo exhibit at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery titled “On a Grecian Urn” opened July 10 and runs through August 7, 2014. You can find him online at www.adamshiverdecker.com  At first glance, even through slides, Adam Shiverdecker’s work is imposing. Evoking long-submerged, hulking and rusted war machines lifted from the ocean floor, his wire and clay sculptures are powerful reminders of the inevitability of […]

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“What separates human from animal? What borders exist between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the repugnant, the living and dying, the animate and inanimate?” So reads the anchor of Lindsay Pichaske’s thesis, and it’s a good anchor to keep in mind when viewing her latest offerings that were on display last month at Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Like so many contemporary artists, the natural world […]

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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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NCECA is pleased to introduce you to this year’s six Emerging Artists!  Zimra Beiner, Renee Brown, Mel Griffin, Lauren Mabry, David Peters and Adam Shiverdecker have been selected amongst almost 90 applicants for our 2014 Emerging Artists Program.  This year’s selection committee included Josh DeWeese, Jeanne Quinn and Sam Chung.  There was stiff competition in narrowing this group down to only six artists, but the selection committee has picked an […]

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