Great new news hot off the press! NCECA has partnered with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry residency program to offer a 2-3 month ceramics residency for one Emerging Artist applicant! This opportunity arose from the concurrent timing of our 2014 conference in Milwaukee, WI and the Arts Center’s 40th anniversary for their Arts/Industry residency program in Sheboygen, WI.  What better way to celebrate than to bring our organizations […]

Greetings NCECA fans and especially to those of you who are interested in applying for our 2014 Emerging Artists award! It is that time of year when we are seeking the most promising early-career artists in our field to shine at our 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee. NCECA is entering the final year of a three-year period of generous support from the Windgate Charitable foundation, which has been directed exclusively towards […]

NCECA 2013 Emerging Artist Lindsay Pichaske’s work defies classification, blurring boundaries and existing on the threshold between human and animal.  Her figurative animal sculptures are incredibly detailed and refined.  They are completed with precision and accuracy yet allow a vast space for the viewers experience and interpretation.  Lindsay graciously shared insights into the development of her practice, her motivation and her process.  You can see more of her work at: […]

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NCECA 2013 Emerging Artist Linda Swanson makes us think about ceramic materials in a new and dynamic way.  Her installation, site specific, fired and unfired work all has an emphasis on time, material and transformation.  Linda generously shared her time and thoughts with me about her current studio practice and the path that has led her there.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Linda Swanson.  You can see more […]

I am a potter living in the remote mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada where I make functional ceramics with an emphasis on texture, pattern and use.  This year, ss the recipient of the NCECA/Crafthaus  2013 blogger scholarship I am going to have the great privilege of interviewing NCECA’s 2013 Emerging Artists.  It has been a few weeks since attending this years conference in Houston, TX  and I am still feeling renewed […]

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I can still remember the first time I attended NCECA’s Topical Discussions. I think I went to the discussions because there was going to be a session on china painting, but I wandered around the ballroom where the discussions were being held and was tempted by countless other discussion groups. Did I want to commiserate about grad school experiences?  Talk shop with other cone 6 glaze geeks? Join a discussion […]

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Nicholas Bivins incorporates a variety of materials in his work including wood, auto paint, plaster, clay, decals. The gusto of vibrant colors in contrast to white porcelain is his aim; like hot rods and chrome! The tray sets create problem solving oppertunities for Nick to explore arrangement, rest, utility, and mobility. He considers the tray a framing device for cups and sets which are  arranged and housed on/in the trays.In the sets, […]

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Dylan Beck’s ceramic work explores “the interaction of built space with the natural environment and the idea that manmade landscapes express a society’s material and political priorities.”  His knowledge of urban sprawl, sustainability, and forestry informs his artistic exploration of built and natural landscapes as he addresses themes of human’s manipulation of the natural world. He says there is no one prescription for the social and political responsibilities of artists. Dylan teaches at Kansas State University in Manhattan, […]

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“Current technologies facilitate the instantaneous acquisition, manipulation, and subsequent redistribution of perceptual experiences.” This excerpt is from Darien Johnson’s artists statement. He goes on to describe his work  as representations of “entanglement of human cognition and digital processing”. Its so fitting to be reading about Darien’s work on this blog.. the information presented here has been processed over and over : Typed, edited, transcribed from a face-to-face interview in Seattle, recorded on an […]

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Way back…Mathew McConnell…thought he would be a dentist, until he landed in the clay studio. Why ceramics? He loved the idea of doing something hands on and really direct. Mathew holds an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2009) and a BFA in Studio Art from Valdosta State University (2004). Now fast forward to his time as a technician at Edinboro University where he also worked for […]

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Attention artists!  NCECA is looking for the next biggest talents in our field.  Could this be you?  Our goal is to provide a boost to early career artists that show exceptional promise in the field.  Applications for the NCECA Emerging Artist Program will be accepted until midnight, October 1st.  Thanks to the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, NCECA has been able to enhance the strength of this program and […]

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Peter Johnson is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon Universitywhere he has been teaching for 8 years. Peter and his work have really come to the forefront in the past three years gaining exposure through residency opportunities and exhibitions. He recently completed summer residencies at the LH Project in Oregon and the Archie Bray Foundation. And, congratulations to Peter and his wife Sarah, best wishes for their new baby! Peter’s commitment to his development as an artist has clearly […]

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Chandra DeBuse originally comes from the Midwest: land of practicality. She shared her hometown with the very practical and famous Vice Grip tool. Most recently, Chandra was a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Now in Kansas City, Chandra has in independant studio and is set up work as a fulltime studio artist. Chandra’s business model is anchored in a well-crafted a story that describes characters and scenarios, play and imagination. It is this story, […]

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Today I present snippets of the back story of  Brian R. Jones, ceramic artist and podcaster. Brian is featured here, in the Emerging Artist Report, not because he was a 2012 NCECA Emerging Artist, but because it was his podcast that inspired me to conduct the interviews that will later be published here. I have to say that Brian’s genuine, pessimistic nature exposed in the posdcast is endearing. I immediately felt that I knew Brian for a long […]

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