The annual conference for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts descended upon Milwaukee last Tuesday and stayed through Saturday afternoon. In those few days, over 4,000 people came to the talks, demonstrations, and exhibits in the Wisconsin Center. The Milwaukee Art Museum alongside numerous galleries in the 3rd Ward hosted concurrent independent exhibitions, showing ceramic based work from local, national, and international artists. Potters, sculptors, collectors and clay enthusiast mixed […]

Sprinkled among the multitude of objects that fill our Material World; ceramics whether industrially manufactured or hand crafted, from the recent or distant past, even fresh out of the kiln, collide in the present.  Continually in flux as their function and relevance shifts, ceramics objects move through time and space adjusting to present tastes, trends and values.  Artists exploring the flow between factory and studio, museum collection and discard pile, […]

One of the highlights of the conference for me is the NCECA Gallery Expo, especially the Tuesday night Expo Reception.  I was first “born into NCECA” as a commercial exhibitor, spending my days in the Resource Hall, which never left much time for seeing Art.  I remember first seeing the Expo at the Louisville NCECA, and it was a beautiful sight to behold from my booth in the Big Convention […]

Sound flows.  A sculpted sound translation of Santiago Calatrava speaking the native word thought to be the basis of the name Milwaukee, Jeffrey Mongrain’s spare and elegant signature form represents the flow of sound.  Just as a speaker in a sound system vibrates or a vinyl record records sound, this minimal black circle mysteriously reveals its vibration to those willing to pause, observe closely and allow the work to reveal […]

Gresham, Wisconsin studio potter Simon Levin has asked fifty of his favorite clay workers* to contribute a plate to a fundraising initiative in support of NCECA’s 50th anniversary, which falls in 2016. Over the past two months some of your favorite potters across the country opened an emailed letter that asked them to imagine Simon playing the role of Uncle Sam with his clay covered finger pointing their way proclaiming, […]

INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) is the contemporary art gallery at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since 1996, INOVA has been widely recognized for our support of artists’ new work, for our rigorous curatorial program, and for bringing innovative art to the UWM campus and the city of Milwaukee. INOVA embraces a dual role in Milwaukee — we are the preeminent contemporary art center as well […]

Flow: The 2014 NCECA Ceramic Arts Invitational is currently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The space is stunning with a wall of windows facing Lake Michigan and spacious with nearly 8,000 square feet of space.  A long corridor that connects the main lobby or Windhover Hall to the museum proper, the Baumgartner Galleria is now a meander of ceramic delights and challenges.  Curated by Linda Ganstrom, NCECA Exhibitions […]

With a history dating back to 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection includes nearly 25,000 works from antiquity to the present, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, video art and installations, and textiles. The Museum’s collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionist prints and paintings, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960 are among the nation’s finest.  Additionally, Milwaukee Art Museum will host the NCECA show, Flow. […]

Plenty, a collaborate exhibition by Allison Rose Craver and Katie Coughlin, will be on view at Heather Cooke Elliot, located in Suite 302 of the Marshall building,  for the duration of the NCECA conference. The exhibit includes a new collaborative work  that celebrates the role of tableware in the development of memory and ritual as well as a selection of works made independently by each artist. Though Allison is primarily a […]

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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In its fifth year as a national competition and exhibition, the 2014 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is the largest in number of works presented, exhibiting 59 works by 57 artists from across the USA. Juried by Tara Wilson and Jeffrey Mongrain, the NSJE showcases authentic and relevant art created by the emerging talent in the academic ceramics scene.  Expressive, experimental […]

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 The Chipstone Foundation, or Chipstone for short, sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the town of Fox Point, just a few miles north of the city of Milwaukee. Driving by one might not realize that the colonial revival house is a limited access museum and home to an exemplary collection of decorative arts objects that include, among other things, colonial American furniture, as well as 17th and […]

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NCECA’s Expo Gallery is full to the brim this year!  All Expo galleries show both sculptural works and functional ceramics by prominent artists in the field. You will want to be sure to check out Lillstreet’s booth, they are hosting 20 Midwest ceramic artist-educators showing alongside students of the educator’s choice.  Other Midwestern galleries like Red Lodge Clay, Northern Claycenter, and the roving Artstream Nomadic Gallery, known for showing ceramic artists who are at the top […]

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Despite the brutal cold, a few hardy ceramicists made their way up to the Lynden Sculpture Garden here in Milwaukee for the January 26th, 2014 soft opening of our NCECA exhibition, The Mingei Tradition in the Midwest: Warren MacKenzie and Beyond   The exhibition design by Michael Mikulay is stunning, and we are all training ourselves to walk through the gallery with our hands in our pockets to resist the call of […]

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