Exploring the impact of place on the perception of art within the context of the Kansas City Museum, this exhibition showcases a group of contemporary ceramic artists whose works offer insight into the intersections between art, culture and daily life. Although diverse in their forming methods, working practices and artistic styles, Now & Then brings artists at all levels of their ceramic careers back together with their peers and mentors from CU […]

This exhibition highlights the work of a new generation of makers, students currently pursing their MFA degree work at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  The makers are: Kaitlin Arndt, Joshua R. Maier, Scott McClellan, Anthony Pearson, Jennifer Halli, Kyle Hendrix. Celebrating multiple approaches to the vessel and sculptural form each of these artists seeks to establish their personal voice and contribute it to the field of ceramics. This exhibition will shine […]

As this is the 50th NCECA conference it makes since to look back for inspiration.  Why stop at fifty years, or 100 years when we can go back to prehistoric times?  Perhaps the most exciting of these times was the reign of dinosaurs.    Dinosaurs exist in our contemporary consciousness in many facets.  Though found as prettified remains, dinosaurs are icons of our present-day culture.  They are movie stars, symbols […]

Around the Corner will exhibit the work of University of Missouri-Columbia Professor of Art, Bede Clarke alongside fifteen of his former students.  Clarke goes beyond teaching to become an enduring mentor for many of his pupils.  The fifteen former undergraduate and graduate students chosen for this exhibition are active in the ceramic arts field as full-time artists, artists-in-residence, and educators. Clarke’s work ranges from wood fired pottery to surface-oriented conceptual pieces […]

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Are you a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-bac STUDENT? Stop procrastinating, and apply now for the National Student Juried Exhibition! This year’s exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2016 conference Makers, Mentors and Milestones at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, March 4 – April 30, 2016. Take the opportunity to have your work viewed by this year’s jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers. The process is easy; simply follow […]

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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 […]

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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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