If you have been working on something in your studio that does not quite fit in a gallery setting or a theatre or in any traditional space at all, Project Space might be the right place for you. NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clay as medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work.  3-5 projects […]

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 […]

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Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, the 2016 NCECA Invitational will be on exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from February 12– May 8, 2016. The exhibition will take place in conjunction with Makers, Mentors and Milestones, the 50thAnnual NCECA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16 – March 19, 2016. Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change is an exhibition that explores connections between art, social issues and process in contemporary ceramics. Curators Leigh Taylor Mickelson […]

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Recently, I have seen and heard a flurry of questions about the overall NCECA schedule and making decisions.  Specifically, a lot of people are asking “If I can only spend one day at NCECA, which one do I pick?”  Of course this is an incredibly hard question because even spending ALL the days at NCECA you can’t do everything!  That decision is also really personal, depending on what you like.  BUT, […]

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum is hosting 3 events in conjunction with the 2015 NCECA conference.  Of Earth and Sea: Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, opens on March 12th and will be up until the end of August.  Eight area artists: Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, and Seth Rainville, were invited to visit the Museum and create new works […]

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NCECA Expo has been steadily growing in popularity.  Providence NCECA is the first time Expo has had to establish an adjudication process to accept galleries.   What great news for our membership because it is well known that as competition for Expo increases so does the quality of the booths.   There is a great line-up of returning galleries this year.  You may remember the thoughtfully considered and constructed booth […]

Just north of downtown Providence is the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, a historic building in the center of the Pawtucket Arts District. A team of local volunteers is transforming this 11,000 square foot space into an exhibition area for the largest group of exhibitions at this conference. Come to one location to see the work of over 100 artists participating in six independent ceramics exhibitions. The themes are varied, and […]

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No car?  no worries…There are plenty of exhibitions within walking distance!  Let’s start in the convention center itself.  There you will find some of the staples of NCECA such as the NCECA Gallery Expo, the Emerging artists and the K-12 Show, but there’s more, and all close enough that you can walk to it! In the Resource Hall: The Potter’s Council Juried member’s show Juried by Holly Goring, Editor, Pottery […]

Dot. Dot. Dot. There are certain design elements and motifs that have resonance for all humans across the globe. Often they are created by nature, and then repeated or distilled into patterns by artists. They can be mixed up and used in a variety of forms which we find mesmerizing. One such element is the humble “dot.” The dot is such a simple element, but it has universal appeal. Dots […]

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High Drama! Free Xuns! Ceramic Rayguns! Statistical Analysis! What else could you ask for from a work of art? I am extremely excited to be debuting a new interactive performance at the conference this year. A Very Serious Game has been crafted especially for NCECA and every conference attendee will be a player in this expansive, experimental game. These players, or Væssals, will go about their normal business- attending lectures, […]

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Held annually, this exhibition (formally known as the “Regional Student Juried Exhibition”) showcases undergraduate and graduate student work. In 2010, the NCECA Student Juried Exhibition expanded to a NATIONAL competition.  The jurors for this year’s exhibition were Ryan LaBar and Magdalene Odundo. Ryan LaBar grew up in Great Falls Montana. He received a degree in Biology and Art from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In 1999, he moved to Helena, Montana […]

Welcome back!  This week, I’ll be returning to the topic of exhibitions and transportation.  Bus Tours were discussed in detail in Issue 1 and Issue 2 of this blog column.  This week, we look at SHUTTLES.  Unlike the Bus TOURS, shuttles run a continuous loop and you can hop on and hop off at any time.  Spend as long as you like at each stop!  Just remember, the bus does NOT wait for […]

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 […]

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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 […]