Sara Parent-Ramos: Being An Emerging Artist “My work originates out of a cyclical process of accumulation and synthesis. I make sense of information first by arranging the objects I create and then assigning them a meaning through organization.  I then obscure the categories I have created through recombination, which enables me to endlessly play with the objects’ associative meanings. I take pleasure in the transition from reduction to synthesis and back […]

Student Director-at-Large Ashlyn Pope reflects on her experience… “I wanted to become a Student Director at Large for NCECA for two reasons. I wanted to be a voice for students and I also wanted to represent a population of artists that don’t get much voice and visibility in the arts and the world. As an African American woman, I believe that my voice could be useful in choosing programming that […]

Nominate someone for an Award or Honor at NCECA this year: Fellows of the Council Honorary Member Excellance in Teaching Award Outstanding Achievement Award The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has advanced the stature and quality of our field by recognizing select individuals for their service, teaching, creative achievement and/ or extraordinary accomplishments through awards of excellence in ceramic art and education. Nominations are now open for […]

Apply to be Director-at-Large! Russell Wrankle reflects on his experience…..   “At the time of applying to the board, I was on a steep professional learning curve. I was just getting comfortable with teaching and taking some risks in the classroom, I was learning the politics of academia and doing a lot of fundraising. It was a real growth time for me. So I thought I should pile on the discomfort and […]

  Finish up those applications for the 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist!   “Applying for the NCECA emerging artist was such a spur of the moment decision for me. Not something I ever thought I would apply for, but was encourage by some amazing potters and makers. So I tossed my hat in, got my application in within a few days of the deadline!  It was a wonderful experience and really […]

Natalia Arbelaez – Art as Language “Creating artwork has been important to me from a young age. I came back to the US at the age of four not speaking English and communication was hard for me. I learned English and forgot Spanish at a young age but relearned it later in life. I haven’t ever really felt completely comfortable with either language, art has always been the most natural […]

Janet Macpherson – Finding her voice as an artist “A friend who was a sculpture major first introduced me to ceramics while we were at university. I was not an art major, but I hung out with the artists at school. She had an exhibition of functional vessels that she made, and I loved that she talked about them as art objects and that their utility did not take away […]

Del Harrow was an Emerging Artist at NCECA in 2009. These are his thoughts about his expierence and the program…. “Thinking about the opportunity to present as an emerging artist at NCECA (2009) one of the first things that comes to mind is how honored I was to speak alongside the other emerging artists of that year.  As is the case every year it was a remarkable group: Ehren Tool, […]

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The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is committed to creating and sustaining an environment and culture free from harassment in which all people are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. NCECA believes that organizations serving people, the arts, teaching and learning will benefit all when they develop, implement, and share policies that address harassment in programs and the fields they serve. Initiatives like these will be […]

Wade MacDonald –  Becoming an Artist and Advice for the Future “While preparing for high school graduation, I had a brief moment to sit at a kickwheel in the art classroom and attempt to throw a pot. This was my introduction to clay. Obviously, my pot was not successful and I thought I would probably never engage in that particular activity ever again. My first art mentor was Cary Vanderveen […]

Andrew Stansbury: An Ode to Missed Connections “We didn’t have long, and you let someone skip in front of you. When it was our time, you choked back tears. “Oh honey, it’s okay,” I said, “we don’t gotta talk,” and I tried to give you the biggest, warmest hug I could, letting all the things left unsaid transfer. At the end of the embrace, I think you said something like […]

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Adam Chau – Essay about influence and idea development  “My clay journey started early – my family opperated a bakery when I was growing up and I learned commercial-level baking at a very young age; it was shortly after that I discovered that ceramics was parallel with baking and was an easy transition into a creative artform. Because of this introduction to seriality from a commercial standpoint I was most comfortable […]

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What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes if he’s a painter, ears if he’s a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he’s a poet – or even, if he’s a boxer, only some muscles? Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being constantly alert to the horrifying, passionate or pleasing events in the world, shaping […]

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I think the NCECA conference is basically a hundred joyful hugs hello followed by a thousand tearful tugs goodbye, and I’m never 100% certain when that shift happens.  As big as our conference is now, some people I only manage to connect with once, so that one embrace has to serve as both.  And when I get on that plane and leave it all behind, there’s definitely a feeling of […]

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