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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With my feet re-planted on east coast soil, I bring you the introductory entry for the Emerging Artist report. I’d like to introduce myself to begin with- My name is Kala Stein; I live in western NY state and split my time between Alfred, where I teach ceramic art at the New York State College of Ceramics and keep my winter studio, and Canadice, where I live an even more […]

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As the first NCECA/crafthaus scholarship recipient, I will be profiling NCECA’s 2012 Emerging Artists. Our conversations will be published here on the NCECA blog and the crafthaus blog. We will examine notions of success, entrepreneurship, and the role of ceramics in contemporary culture. One artist will be profiled each month for 6 months. If you are attending NCECA don’t miss the Emerging Artist presentations Saturday March 31st 9–9:45 am in […]

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Don’t miss this year’s Gallery Expo!  Opening reception Tuesday night 6:30 pm, right in the Washington Convention Center, 6th floor.  Just down the hall from the simultaneous demonstrations, the Expo offers up 1600 square feet of exceptional finished ware from top galleries across the country.  Additionally,  For the first time NCECA will devote an entire EXPO space to our new Emerging Artists.  The works by these exceptional early career artists […]

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Greetings and welcome to NCECA’s new blog!  If you have not heard the great news yet, NCECA was recently awarded a significant new grant targeted specifically for our Emerging Artists Program.  These awards were made possible over a three-year period as a result of a Windgate Charitable Foundation grant.  This grant has enabled NCECA to create a more extensive and diverse level of support for these artists beyond their single […]