Social Media. Intimidating, I know. Today I’m going to talk about those things you’ve been seeing around, possibly using- hashtags. Aka the pound sign with a word after it. #hashtag  What? – Hashtags collect what is called “metadata” (data about data- it summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier). Basically, hashtags create easily searchable key words or phrases within posts […]

Happy Saturday!  Today I’m going to tell you about what I think is one of the most underutilized tools in the ceramics networking game…. (may I get a drumroll here please?) The NCECA directory….a completely indexed, searchable, cornucopia of connections, just waiting to be accessed.  I just sent an NCECA-relataed email to 6 people.  I only had ONE  of the needed email addresses in my contacts file.   I was resourceful […]

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 […]

Let’s be honest, getting to the annual NCECA conference costs money, as do any kind of professional development opportunities. Many of us budget for it every year, others apply for grants and scholarships, some are fortunate enough to be sponsored by work or schools. A lot of attendees have been holding fundraising efforts, both as groups and individuals. I’ve seen these range from selling pots on Facebook and Etsy to Kickstarter campaigns […]

NCECA Members the time is upon you!   Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share in the spotlight of our 50th anniversary conference!  As a member, become part of the quest to celebrate, explore, expound, validate, and connect our clay community. What do you want to see and learn about?  What knowledge and expertise can you share? Do you have ideas of artists to reach out to, to be a part […]

Transitions: In previous years, NCECA included a call for programming in the (often misunderstood) category titled “New Works.”  The NCECA board realized both that name and the description of the category needed to change.  We are pleased to announce that this important thread of programming has evolved to reflect its underlying theme & spirit. This is a venue to show not what you happen to be making that is fresh from the kiln, but fresh from your brain. Departures, new […]

I’ve been spending the last week compiling all of the results of the survey into a complete report.  If I didn’t say so already, THANK YOU to the 1200 people that filled out the survey!  This takes some time, so please be patient, and know that will be sharing all of the objective data and much of the comments and ideas that were brought up right here on the blog. […]

Demonstrating Artists: This one definitely falls into the Mentor category. Artists, who have taught, shared and inspired generations of ceramic artists. Think of those workshop veterans with strong portfolios and that brand name recognition. These are the heroes who have dedicated a lifetime to clay. The people, who we as artists aspire to be, to emulate their studio habits and find inspiration in their endurance and continued brilliance. Is there […]

This is the quick and dirty portion of our conference. 30 minutes to share the best tip, technique or surface treatment with an adoring and packed room. This is not a demonstrating artist or workshop venue, but may hopefully lead to such opportunities in the artist’s future. The Process Room is about distilling your brilliance into a potent delivery. And then we repeat that awesomeness, 7-8 times in a day, […]

One week left to submit your proposals for NCECA 2016 in Kansas City! It is the fiftieth anniversary of our NCECA conference. Yep, the big 5-0! Our theme is Makers, Mentors and Milestones; take time to reflect on how far we have come and where we are headed and put forth your ideas for the conference. We are makers united by a mercurial material. We shape the clay: taking an […]

NCECA is  very excited to share a session from the extremely popular Process Room.  For those of you who don’t already know, “Lively Experiments” marked the 3rd year of this popular aspect of NCECA Conference.  Each year, this “attraction” has grown, and we realize that many sessions were not just “standing room only”, but at several sessions, the fire marshall was actually barring people from entering the room.  NCECA is thrilled with the […]

The NCECA Survey closed last night.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to give us feedback.  I’ll be calculating all of the objective data, crunching numbers and preparing a complete report for the upcoming board meeting.  I’ll also be reading each and every one of the comments that were left and sharing that with the board as well. And of course, I’ll share it all with you all here […]

Almost everything made today is done so digitally, as to look polished and perfect. Companies like Apple and Sony have strived to create products that have no seams and appear robotically made. For a ceramicist, using the wheel allows you to erase any evidence of the human hand. Building by hand, the artist shows the fingerprints in the work- something Apple can and will never be able to do. Sachs […]

If you are a member of the NCECA Facebook Group, you may have already seen my intermittent reporting on the NCECA survey results as they have been coming in.  (If you haven’t already taken the survey, by the way, you can take it here.) One of the big pieces of demographic information I’ve been watching is the question that relates to academic affiliation. Most people know that NCECA was formed […]