Hello Teachers, Mentors and Artists, The anticipation of NCECA is starting to close in around us. For some of us adept conference goer, we know the experience as a time to relax, scramble to get to everything, catch up with friends and see great art in a new city that openly welcomes our ceramics community to their front door. It’s like Christmas in March! For some students, these feeling are […]

November 8th was the first ever Global Day of Clay, a joint effot between NCECA and the 92nd street Y to promote clay on a global scale.  There were 273 images with the hashtag #globaldayofclay on Instagram, a ton of tweets, and a variety of posts, images, videos events, & links on Facebook.  We even created a playlist from videos posted on YouTube: Did we miss reporting on something you shared?  let […]

Jessica Brandl, one NCECA’s 2017 Emerging Artists has had a busy time since delivering an outstanding presentation on the final day of the conference in Portland, Oregon. Over the summer, she relocated from Philadelphia, where she had been teaching at the Tyler School or Art at Temple University, to Canada, where she is presently teaching at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In October, her work, Humunculus, was honored […]

Calling all undergraduate and graduate ceramic students’ PROFESSORS! Dear Ceramics Professors, as you know being a full-time student often prohibits one’s ability to have a full-time job. And, as professors we often hear students who have great ideas, but do not know how to fund them.   The question of the moment . . . Where can students find the resources to support their artistic endeavors? What if I were to […]

Dear Clay Friends: If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2018! For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2018 in Pittsburgh PA, I have some exciting news to share. We’re inviting you to join hosts Steven Branfman and James Watkins along with some outstanding clay people for an […]

As you consider heading to Pittsburgh for CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, NCECA’s 52nd conference, please help us to identify those individuals who have brought the culture of clay to where it is today. Our community has the opportunity and responsibility to honor, recognize and acknowledge individuals in the field who have made incredible contributions. These are folks who have left a lasting impact and legacy with their work, service, teaching/mentorship or outstanding projects. […]

It doesn’t seem fair.  It never does.  The death of a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor…no matter who it is in our lives the loss is always felt hard and deep.  So was the case with our dear friend, Elmer Craig, who passed away on August 31st in his sleep in Lexington, Kentucky just 12 days shy of his 85th birthday.  To say his passing is sad is indeed an […]

A little reminder to everyone that is planning to apply for the fellowships NCECA offers, Project proposals are due Oct. 25 for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $1,800 each are available) and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $2,000 each are available). Two letters of recommendation are required with each application; we strongly suggest that you submit your proposal in […]

Now entering its third year, Blinc20:20 is becoming an exciting piece of programming at the annual conference.  This image-driven visually impacting short-form presentation provides a perfect platform for professors, students, international artists, or just about anyone who wants to be a part of the conference program. Not too long ago, I was chatting with a local college professor, who was lamenting that getting funding from the university to attend the conference is becoming […]

Another year of classes brings with it the seemingly endless studying, cups and cups of coffee and the ever-brilliant critiques, whether you love or loath it, each student slowly steps closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I know you can endure, you know you can endure, yet we deserve that oasis along the endless trek towards our degree. NCECA is that oasis! Who would have thought […]

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I’m having my morning coffee on a very pleasant 68 degree September morning. Tomorrow hurricane Irma is coming to where I live. We are ready but the uncertainty and anxiety of the aftermath is another thing altogether. Many of us who live near the Gulf of Atlantic coastal waters in the Southeast have experienced hunkering down, and the days of watching and hearing about the weather from every source, our […]

With the start of school fast approaching (and already begun for some of you), we want to make sure that you know about all of the fantastic NCECA opportunities available for students working with ceramics in higher education. There are lots of ways to get involved, show your work, present your research, and even get funding for your project, so be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar. DEADLINE EXTENDED! […]

Written by Harry Levenstein – IG:@harrison_lev The smell of sustainability was in the air this year at NCECA Portland! With topical discussions on ceramics and climate change, reducing our carbon footprint as makers, renewable energy options in our studios, and even firing kilns with repurposed vegetable oil! At the Green Task Force booth, Robert Harrison signed copies of his “book that every studio should have,” Sustainable Ceramics. University of Oregon had […]

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It may be that the craft arts have become so important these last several decades because we have lost our imagination for a living reciprocity with earth. We need to reimagine the reality of that connection. Putting hands-on helps. ~ Paulus Berensohn From the age of about four, Paulus Berensohn knew that he wanted to dance. Initially, his parents resisted until a close friend admonished his mother, “But Edith, to […]