2014 was an exciting year for the Arts/Industry program. Not only did we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a sweeping retrospective exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a well-attended opening celebration, but we also had many opportunities to work with the NCECA Milwaukee conference! The Arts Center partnered with NCECA to offer a special preconference tour of the Arts/Industry studios at Kohler Co. and of the exhibition […]

NCECA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.  Our 49th meeting in Providence next March will kick off the lead-up to the celebration of this important milestone in our organization.  Believe it or not, we have already been planning for our 50th anniversary for several years.  Now we are coming to you, our membership for some suggestions. We want your ideas and input on some of the most visible aspects of […]

The time you’ve been waiting patiently for has come!  NCECA 2015 Conference Registration is now open!  Join us in Providence for our 49th annual meeting.  You won’t find a better price than our Early Bird Registration pricing.  Check out our packed preliminary program, and you might also look over some of our FAQ.  Please note, your membership is separate from your conference registration.   Many people find it most convenient […]

When I think back to my days in college, I don’t remember being aware that NCECA had a group of volunteer folks from the field that comprised a working group called the NCECA board. The idea of a governing group that works to plan and shape all that is NCECA was completely foreign to my young naïve mind. I knew SOMEONE made decisions but I never acknowledge that they were […]

It’s that time again… it’s the “Oscars” of the ceramic world! 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. We all know someone who has contributed in ways that change the way we see and think and left […]

The Emerging Artist deadline is quickly approaching.  September 30. 2014 NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to […]

In a 46-minute performance talk, Artist, Theaster Gates will present a new work that traces the creation of several artistic narratives that point to the rich and dynamic possibility of clay within his larger practice. The Need for Blackness suggests that there is a need for a more critical examination of the histories of black legacies within Ceramic traditions. Using collections of images that he has gathered from the Museum […]

Deadline – September 24 @ MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME!Attention all full time undergrad, grad and post-back students — it is time to apply to be a part of the nation’s première showcase of student talent in ceramics!  Apply now to NCECA’s 2015 National Juried Student Exhibition, juried by Ryan LaBar and Magdalene Odundo and see you in Providence, RI in March!

NCECA is excited to announce the revival of our podcast!  This season premiers with an episode recorded live at the 2014 Conference in Milwaukee.  Igniting the Workshop Circuit, a popular panel led by moderator Tommy Frank with panelists Linda Arbuckle, Bill Griffith & Sandi Pierantozzi is available directly on the web here, or you can subscribe to it in iTunes and get new content delivered directly to you.   We have […]

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Do you like a challenge? Do you live life as a “lively experiment?” Do you push boundaries, can you solve problems on the fly while working in front of an audience? Then, 2015 NCECA Projects Space is where you need to be. Don’t worry- you still have a month to complete your application materials for the October 1 due date for the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence! NCECA’s Projects Space is […]

I was a guest speaker at the 48th annual NCECA Conference, held this year in Milwaukee. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a dynamic and influential organization that celebrates the creative potential of clay. Almost 4,500 of its members were at the conference, nearly all of them potters. I spoke on Dave, the Edgefield slave potter, who is the subject of my book, CAROLINA CLAY. There […]

The Process Room at Material World, NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee consisted of 16 different artists demonstrating specific ceramic techniques/processes within 30 minutes.   In this second year of the popular conference feature, we added a camera and sound equipment so that we can provide the content online!  Below, check out a video of the popular session with Rhonda Willers on Weathered Surfaces, and click here to view and download Willer’s detailed […]

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Adam Shiverdecker’s newest work, a solo exhibit at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery titled “On a Grecian Urn” opened July 10 and runs through August 7, 2014. You can find him online at www.adamshiverdecker.com  At first glance, even through slides, Adam Shiverdecker’s work is imposing. Evoking long-submerged, hulking and rusted war machines lifted from the ocean floor, his wire and clay sculptures are powerful reminders of the inevitability of […]

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Cynthia Bringle makes pots…”useful things”.  She is a Lifetime member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a Felow of the American Craft Council, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art, and  North Carolina Living Treasure.  She was awarded the North Carolina Award for Fine Art, and was the subject of the third NCECA Spirit of Ceramics Video.  For over 50 years she has made her living […]

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