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 is through repeating forms, noticing subtleties and making choices that I learn a bit more about myself and my surroundings. It is as much a practice in observations, reflection, and decision-making at it is in design, construction, and repetition.
All of us in the audience on Saturday morning, the 28th of March in the Rhode Island Convention Center, were treated to an excerpt of that journey of discovery. As I listened to her speak about her experiences, I was inspired to look more deeply at the world around me, to take more time to notice the details. I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Rachel one on one during the conference. Watch for that coming soon the the reinvented NCECA Podcast (returning soon). For now, enjoy rediscovering Rachel:
Rachel completed the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts (NC) in 2013 and has been a resident artist at Vendyssel Kunstmuseum (DK) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN). Currently living and working in Atlanta, GA, Rachel utilizes slip-cast porcelain forms to create site-specific installations.
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, I thought it might be helpful to have a general overview of what happens each day (and what things are free)
Tuesday night the conference unofficially kicks off with the Gallery Expo reception from 6:30-8:00pm It is free and open to the public.
A day pass for Wednesday is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. This gives you complete access to the Resource Hall and all the fabulous programming that is created by our commercial and institutional exhibitors.
FREE CONTENT ON WEDNESDAY INCLUDES:
A day pass for Thursday is $125 for members and $145 for non-members. This gives you complete access to the Resource Hall, and the programming there AND all the NCECA-created programming. This includes the two sets of simultaneous Demonstrating Artists, the extremely popular Process Room, the educational focused programming and all of the other member-produced programming, plus Thursday late afternoon are the very member-driven NCECA Topical Discussions sessions, and the first ever NCECA Film Night
FREE CONTENT ON THURSDAY INCLUDES:
A day pass for Friday is $125 for members and $145 for non-members. This gives you complete access to the Resource Hall, and the programming there AND all the NCECA-created programming. This includes the continuation of the two sets of simultaneous Demonstrating Artists, more in the (still) extremely popular Process Room, more educational focused programming and more member-produced programming, plus Friday late afternoon are the NCECA Connections sessions, and of course that night is the amazing NCECA Dance
FREE CONTENT ON FRIDAY INCLUDES:
A day pass for Saturday is $55 for members and $68 for non-members. This includes the Emerging Artists Presentations, the AMAZING Closing Lecture by Jack Troy, announcements of a variety of awards, NCECA Board election results and, if you wish, the open board meeting. Please note: The Resource Hall is CLOSED on Saturday.
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 in response to pieces in the museum collection. Vessels, opens simultaneously and will highlight favorite pieces from the Museum’s ceramics collection.
On March 21st and March 22nd, Of Earth, Sea and Fire: A Symposium of Makers will be held in the museum’s auditorium. The artists from the exhibition Of Earth and Sea, as well as other noted ceramicists will come together for a weekend of lively discussion about contemporary ceramics. Presentations will provide insight into the artists’ technical and conceptual processes.
The symposium will feature lectures by Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, Seth Rainville and Elenor Wilson and demonstrations by Doug Casebeer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, and Matt Long.
This symposium is a NCECA pre-conference event. For further information visit the museum website or go to the Facebook page for daily updates
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.
Artist Rowan Peterson, represented by The Kiln Studio & Gallery
There is a great line-up of returning galleries this year. You may remember the thoughtfully considered and constructed booth space of The Kiln Studio and Gallery from Fairhope, Alabama. Owner, Susie Bowman brings a carefully selected group of southern artists like Ronan Peterson, Matt Schiemann and Ron Meyers to the Expo gallery mix.
Work of Doug Peltzman, represented by Objective Clay
We are pleased the Objective Clay Group is returning for year two of Expo. This active and progressive group of young artists formed Objective Clay after presenting at Arrowmont’s Utilitarian Clay Conference together. The variety of their work ranges from Doug Peltzman’s hard-edged precise porcelain ware, to Sunshine Cobb’s handbuilt and softly finished earthenware. Objective Clay will certainly be a crowd pleaser again this year!
Steven Hill Pitcher from 18 Hands Gallery
18 Hands Gallery is a continued presence in Expo. Their gallery seeks to “represent artists who exhibit superior craftsmanship in their work, whether functional, decorative or sculptural.” Three artists they are representing are Kristen Kieffer, Steven Hill and Christopher Melia.
Lorna Meaden’s work can be found in the Artstream Trailer
Artstream returns again this year featuring the work of 25 artists including Lorna Meaden, Tara Wilson and Julia Galloway. Expo is just one of six stops the Artstream is making on their East Coast tour, be sure to stop by and find out the other five stops!
Lindsay Rogers will be speaking in Northern Clay Center’s Gallery Space!
Northern Clay Center returns again featuring a preview of artists from the 17th annual American Pottery Festival, a must see! This year NCC will have the lovely and charming Lindsay Rogers speaking about her work during the 20 minute artist talks, be sure to check the schedule to make sure you don’t miss a great talk.
We are excited to include several new galleries this year. Gandee Gallery from Fabius, New York will be featuring many artists including Jeremy Randall, Brooke Noble and Kala Stein. Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1978 and has been going strong since. They are showing many great artists including Mary Cloonan, Patty Bilbro, and Matt Hyleck. The Clay Studio of Philadelphia features a competitive residency that provides them access to talented up and coming artists, a few of the artists that will be shown are Jeff Kleckner, Kari Radasch and Rebecca Chappell be sure to check it out! The Clay Art Center from Portchester, New York will also be showing in Expo this year and they are honored to showcase many artists in the field. Be sure to come by Expo and spend some time at each of these galleries, we look forward to seeing you there!
See it all at the Gallery Expo reception Tuesday Night 6:30-8:00pm
On Wednesday, enjoy a full slate of artist talks in the galleries. A complete list of scheduled artists talks will be available at each gallery during the opening reception. The latest information will also be available in the NCECA App! You can continue to visit the galleries throughout the conference anytime the Resource Hall is open!
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 include functional, sculptural, and experimental works.
Bio Rad offers an investigation of the way architecture and nature are seen through the lens of popular culture. Work by Matt Mitros.
Cognitive Dissonance explores how experimentation and imperfection are important and at times glorious in artwork. Work by Ivan Albreht, Nel Bannier, Daniel Bare, Alfredo Eandrade, Khurtova/Bourlanges and more.
Dot. Dot. Dot. is a show that looks at the many ways a simple dot can be incorporated into pottery. Work by Andrew Gilliatt, Chris Pickett, Emily Free Wilson, Jana Evans, Martha Grover and more.
This Became That: The Romantic Robots Collaborate displays the artifacts of a two-year long experimental collaboration between artists. Work by Frederick Bartolovic, Casey McDonough, Robin Strangfeld, Blake Jamison Williams, Lauren Herzak-Bauman and Kimberly Ellen Greene.
Apprenticelines: Divergence/Continuity/Community looks at the artistic connections that form between professional studio artists and their apprentices. Work by Silvie Granatelli, Jerilyn Virden, Ian Anderson, Mark Hewitt, Daniel Johnston and more.
To Be Determined explores process-oriented artwork, and the tools and tests that are utilized by this group of artists. Work by Naomi Cleary, Rain Harris, Rebecca Harvey, Meredith Host, Janet Macpherson, Kyla Toomey.
The Pawtucket Armory Arts Center is on the NCECA Shuttle Route D,
or visit on your own at 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI, 401- 475-4744
Hours during NCECA: Wed 9am-5:30pm; Thu 9am-5:30pm; Fri 9am-9:30pm; Sat 9am-5pm.
Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 6-9pm.
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:
Juried by Holly Goring, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated
Bradley Bachmeier, Rebecca Grant, Sarah Gregory, Irene Lawson, Jennifer McCurdy, Lee Middleman, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Tanya Rudenjak, Nathalie Samson, Lin Xu, and more.
Hours during NCECA: Wed-Thu 9am-5pm; 9am-4pm. Mar 25-27.
Parked Outside of Convention Center:
Hayne Bayless, Kathy King, Arthur Halvorsen, Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor, Hannah Niswonger, Adero Willard plus 100 of our favorite potters. POW! mobile exhibition will feature works by over 100 potters, spanning the range of current functional ceramics. Also included is an ongoing collaboration, The Cup Project, in which members of the public decorate a cup and receive one in exchange. Curated by the core collaborative at POW! including Hannah Niswonger, Adero Willard, and Hayne Bayless.
Hours during NCECA: Wed & Thu 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-4pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-7pm. Mar 25-28.
At the URI Providence Campus Gallery, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI, 401-277-5206:
Honoring Harriet Brisson: Ceramicist, Mentor, Friend!
Curated by Steven Pennell.
A group show of works by more the 30 artists. This mixed media exhibit including works by Harriet Brisson, noted artist, professor and leader in ceramics education with works by former students and colleagues in appreciation for her influence.
Hours during NCECA: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri & Sat 8am-5pm. Reception: Thu, Mar 19, 5-9pm. Mar 2-28.
At the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, 134 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI, 505-984-1122
Curated by Avra Leodas, Director Santa Fe Clay and HP Bloomer IV, Studio Manager Santa Fe Clay.
Jen Allen, Mary Barringer, Margaret Bohls, Victoria Christen, Sam Chung, Michael Corney, Josh DeWeese, David Eichelberger, Adam Field, Hiroe Hanzono and 140 more artists! 150 artists, 150 place settings! Santa Fe Clay hosts a unique banquet table exhibition of functional pottery made by invited artists from across the US.
Hours during NCECA: Wed-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-2pm. Mar 25-28. Once in the building the exhibit is ADA accessible. There are 2 steps at the entrance to the church and a wheelchair will need to be lifted up these steps.
AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI, 401-831-9327 x114
Becoming: New Work by Meredith Younger and Eric Loundy
Curated by Neal T. Walsh
A collaborative installation into a fevered feral dream of initiation, transitional states and new ways of telling the oldest stories featuring ceramics work by Younger and illustrations by Loundy.
Hours during NCECA: Tue-Thu 1-6pm; Fri 1-7pm; Sat 12-5pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-7pm. Mar 7-28.
AS220 Main Gallery, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI, 401-831-9327 x114,
Curated by Neal T. Walsh
David Allyn, Xander Marro, Nidal Fakhouri, Muffy Brandt, Joan Wyand, Harrison Bucy, Meredith Stern, Meg Turner, Larry Bush, Priscilla Carrion. In the spirit of the experimental nature of Rhode Island, Providence Prints is an exploration of the rich print making culture of Providence that pairs print makers and ceramic artists. .
Hours during NCECA: Tue & Wed 12-6pm; Thu & Fri 12-7pm; Sat 12-5pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-7pm. Mar 7-28
AS220 Reading Room, 93 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI, 401-831-9327 x114
Potters for Peace Silent Auction Exhibition,
Organized by Potters for Peace.
Joe Bennion, Linda Christianson, Jim Connell, Guillermo Cuellar, Chris Gustin, Warren MacKenzie, Richard Notkin Linda Sikora, Jack Troy, Gerry Williams… & many more North American potters. PFP, established 1986, has improved thousands of traditional potters’ lives. Since 1998, fifty factories in thirty-five countries have produced potable water for 25 million people through PFP’s simple clay filter.
Hours during NCECA: Tue-Thu 1-6pm; Fri 1-7pm; Sat 12-5pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-7pm. Mar 24-28.
Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 401-837-5438,
Curated by Kristen Carbone.
Leslie Ferst, Ben Eberle, Courtney Mattison, David Kauffman, Fitzhugh Karol, Geoff Booras, Maggie Dubler, Nick Newcomb, Tim Clark. This exhibition presents the visual dialogues that began among eight students and their undergraduate professor and continued through mentorship and apprenticeship with Toshiko Takaezu and/or graduate school and beyond.
Hours during NCECA: Wed & Thu 5pm-1am; Fri & Sat 5pm-2am. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-8pm. Mar 25-28.
ArtProv Gallery, 150 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI, 401-641-5182
Maine College of Art Ceramics Alumni Exhibition
Juried by Susan Dewsnap
Functional and sculptural work by 19 Maine College of Art Alumni as well as the work of faculty members Mark Johnson, Lucy Breslin, Marian Baker and Kari Radasch. This juried exhibition highlights the breadth and excellence of the work of both BFA and MFA alumni from Maine College of Art. . Mar 10-Apr 3.
Ceramic Inspirations, Suzanne Hill, Linda Huey, and Jan Jacque.
Curated by Michele Aucoin
Ceramic Inspirations features artists who explore the natural world through clay. The show will showcase both functional and decorative pieces that go beyond ordinary objects to become works of art. . Mar 22-28.
Hours during NCECA: Sun 1-5pm; Mon-Wed 11am-5pm; Thu-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 11am-5pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-9pm.
Psychic Annex |Aborn Gallery, 95 Empire Street, 2nd Floor, Providence, RI, 401-831-9327,
Terra Firma, Ashwini Bhat and Sharbani Das Gupta.
Curated by Neal Walsh.
The cord between these two distinctly different artistspasses through the common ground beneath their feet, their forms and perceptions articulated in the language of the subtle Earth.
Hours during NCECA: Tue-Thu 1-6pm; Fri 1-7pm; Sat 1-5pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 5-7pm. Mar 24-28.
186 Carpenter, 186 Carpenter Street, Providence, RI, 401-559-5211
World Wildlife Fashion Art (WWFA), Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang.
Organized by Peter Morgan
This exhibition consists of collaboratively designed tile pieces featuring silhouetted action images of fauna. The works will have a focus on material phenomenology, color relationships, and the resulting optical perceptions..
Hours during NCECA: Sun-Tue by appt: contact email@example.com; Wed 11am-3pm; Thu 1:30-3pm; Fri 1:30- 3:30pm; Sat 1:30-4:00pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 27, 7:30-10pm. Mar 23-Apr 24.