For this episode of NCECA 360 we have a group interview from our recent 50th anniversary conference in Kansas City. You will hear artists and educators David Macdonald, Sharif Bey, Gail Kendall and David Eichelberger discuss how mentorship has shaped their ceramic lives.For more information about NCECA 360, or the programming we have to offer please visit NCECA.net.” Listen in directly here! or Click Here to subscribe to the podcast feed!

My first memorable NCECA was the 1995 Minneapolis, Minnesota conference. This was before cell phones, and Mark Zuckerberg was 10 years old and he hadn’t yet revolutionized the way we communicate, and galleries were the only game in town. Minneapolis was a vessel-heavy NCECA with more galleries with great work than one could possibly take in. I was an undergraduate student at the time and I remember being fully inspired […]

Honorary Members of the Council are recognized for significant lifetime contributions advancing the field of ceramics.  2016 inductees were Nina Hole (posthumously) and Stuart Kestenbaum.  Fellows of the Council are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.  At the 2016 conference, NCECA conferred this title upon Steve Hilton and Glenda Taylor (posthumously).  The Excellence in Teaching Award is given for consistent contributions to the […]

As a member’s organization, NCECA relies on the creative energy, vision and contribution of all of its members to create the fantastic conference content that we all look forward to each spring. As the next generation of makers, educators and visionaries, students are a vital part of that content. The application deadline for Student Perspectives program proposals is May 4th, 2016, and students, we really hope you will consider applying.  […]

Tethon 3D manufactures supplies and products for ceramic 3D printing. The company also provides 3D scanning, modeling and ceramic 3D printing services. 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 […]

  Hello Teachers! This blog post is for you! Keep reading, and find out more about how you can lend your teaching talents to next years NCECA programming… Education is one of the most important facets of NCECA-the word is even in our name, after all! Sharing old methodologies, new technologies, and proven pathways to artistic success is a cornerstone of our annual conference, and can be experienced officially through […]

You know you’ve got it, and we want you to show it! We need to see it! We want to hear it! And now we’re asking…Please consider applying to be the demonstrating artist for NCECA in Portland in 2017! As we jump right into planning our 51st conference in Portland, Oregon, the NCECA board is encouraging accomplished ceramic artists to step onto the stage, make that stage their studio, and […]

For the last week, we’ve had such a WONDERFUL exchange of ideas and opinions related to a single survey comment that I thought I’d see if we can repeat it.  This week, let’s address this: I know this is beyond your control but I found myself twice having to choose between really great presentations. Thursday – Anomalies and Curiosities and the Roundtable discussion Fueling the Imagination. Friday Panel 50 Years […]

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…

As our organization continues to grow and expand, so too, does our need to stay in touch with all of those people.  In the last 5 years, the expansion of social media platforms has pushed NCECA to a new level of communication with its membership.  Each year, we have aimed to put together a group of people to help address these changes. This year’s Communications Team will be the biggest and […]

Pete Pinnell’s lectures are ALWAYS a highlight of the conference.  This is a man who could make watching paint dry sound fascinating.  At our 2016 Conference in Kansas City, attendees were treated to a lesson on the history of tableware and its use.  I definitely think we need to reexamine the custom of sitting ON tables while enjoying our meals.  Enjoy this popular session, now available on our YouTube channel or […]

Today I am going to focus this article on one single survey comment: We had 5000 brochures printed for the exhibition but it was a waste of resources. In case you didn’t know, NCECA has always offered up empty tables for any venue or organization that wishes to leave free brochures about their programs, events, etc.  For the past 3 years at least, the NCECA board & staff have been discussing […]

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… Using […]

Lee Burningham’s introduction of James Watkins’s session invited anyone who thought that they might be in the wrong room to “Stay! …because this is better.” While I don’t know what else was happening at this time during the conference, I’m inclined to agree with him.  Yes, I probably say this about ALL the conference presentations I edit, but I think this one REALLY is my favourite so far, possibly because I have […]