With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology. Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…

In the Venn diagram of my life, the spheres of Music, Movement, and Art collided at the 2016 Conference Opening Ceremonies.  After listening to internationally renowned choreographer, Liz Lerman, speak about the art of critique, the crowd in KC was treated to a performance which combined ceramic elements in a unique Operetta.  “Wit and Menace,” a work commissioned by NCECA for the popular Randall Session, included ceramic horns by Linda Lighton, two singers, a band of instrumentalists, a composer, […]

Del Harrow, Camilla Friedman-Gerlicz and Grant Landreth present approaches they are exploring through their own studio work with computer aided design and clay. This presentation will discuss methodologies and techniques for parametric modeling and hybrid digital/analog fabrication. Demonstrated processes will include Grasshopper parametric modeling for Rhino, CNC machining, and direct 3D printing clay. Friedman-Gerlicz and Landreth are both currently enrolled in the Special Student program at Colorado State University.  

The Emerging artist deadline is quickly approaching.  June 15. 2016 APPLY! Why not?!!! This is going to be a very important year as we embark on the 51st year of NCECA’s history and the beginning of the next 50, with the Portland Conference already taking shape as “Future Flux”. The process of creating and compiling the application and submitting the materials for this wonderful opportunity is an invaluable experience.  NCECA’s Emerging […]

Having now spent several days in Gary Erickson’s studio and apartment as I help the family in closing out Gary’s professional life I find myself immersed not only in his work, but also in my memories of his life. I met Gary in 1992 when my new school, Concordia University, St. Paul, hosted an exhibition of his work after he had served as a sabbatical replacement for a term the […]

As the Missouri dust and euphoria we experienced at this year’s NCECA, in Kansas City dissipate into normality, the gallery exhibitions, personal encounters, and life-altering lectures, continue to linger. One of the most memorable and life altering exhibitions a student can experience at NCECA is the National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), which can forever change and undoubtedly charge the lives of both the exhibitors and attendees. Some students leave with […]

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology. Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…   […]

Yesterday on the blog, we announced the video release of the 2016 Conference Roundtable discussion on Fueling Creativity.  Today, we bring you a fresh new podcast episode on Fueling Innovation.  What will we fuel tomorrow?  Tune in and see!!! On today’s episode you will hear a panel discussion on fueling innovation in your studio practice with the 2016 emerging artists. Each year six early-career artists are commended at our conference for their […]

In the introduction to the essay “Fueling the Imagination” from her book, Hiking the Horizontal, Liz Lerman recounts a conversation with Nobel laureate and scientist, Dr. Eric Wieschaus about how he asks himself a question. “I am fueled by my own ignorance,” he says with keen precision. Artists and scientists share an understanding, Lerman writes, “that not knowing is fuel for the imagination rather than fuel for humiliation.” This cross disciplinary […]

I know, there are lots of things to do…  Spring is in the air, summer is on the brain… But don’t let another important exhibition deadline slip past you.  NCECA’s (first ever) Annual Exhibition, entitled “The Evocative Garden” and curated/juried by Gail M. Brown, will be held during the 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, and the deadline for entry is just days away –  June 15, 2016.   This new exhibition […]

3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.  This week, join Anna Calluori Holcombe for her part of the co-lecture, “TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS” The Fab […]

Learn about The Clay Lady Way® which includes over 30 years of tested projects, classroom management and single- ring technique that guarantees your students’ success! (And Yours!)  Enjoy this popular lecture from the K-12 room at NCECA 2016:  

The work of Joanna Poag centers around the concept of homeostasis, the process in which a system maintains stability through self-regulation. Homeostasis is most applicable to living creatures, but Poag reinterprets the concept through her work in ceramics. Ceramic art creates it’s own system – a delicate balance of materials to create the physical medium, the artist’s hand to balance the composition, the precise control of the kiln environment to […]

3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.  This week, join Shoji Satake for his part of the co-lecture, “TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS”  and […]