2019 Projects Space preview: reprocessing

2019 Projects Space preview: reprocessing

In …reprocessing… an NCECA Project Space installation, ceramicists are invited to smash their unwanted work, amassing a pile of shards from a multitude of individuals. Shards will be further processed into smaller pieces and packaged in to postcards as a memento for participants to send out or save. Reminiscent of the Berlin wall tourist postcards, the shard card will be a testament to our shared experience and a new way of making something meaningful out of a failed piece.

At this pop-up demolition site in the Projects Space, participants will ascend a short flight of stairs and smash their contribution in the shard pit. Sounds of ceramics breaking in this large expo space will be jarring and unsettling. Choice shards will be selected and inserted into small 1” diameter plastic containers that fit in to a Minneapolis/NCECA themed postcard. Participants can collect a postcard immediately after throwing their work into the pile. A couple of peepholes in the site walls will allow onlookers to view the mass accumulation of shards as well as the reprocessing actions.

By making what is often a private ritual into a public one and having ceramicists of all levels throw their work into the same pile, participants may find a collective release and great uniting at NCECA Minneapolis 2019.

VIRTUAL CLAY WITH ANNABETH ROSEN, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

VIRTUAL CLAY WITH ANNABETH ROSEN, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Co-presented by 92Y and NCECA, Virtual Clay™ is a series of real-time online experiences that gather a vibrant community of artists, designers, and art historians to speak with you about current topics in ceramics. The series hopes to challenge preconceptions and explore new territory, inspiring you to think about the world and ceramic art in fresh and different ways. Next up in the series at 7:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, is Annabeth Rosen presenting You can only go to a new place once. Pre-registration is required by noon on the day of the event.

Minneapolis Exhibition Highlight: Voices from Elsewhere

Minneapolis Exhibition Highlight: Voices from Elsewhere

Artists who came to clay from diverse corners of experience through non-traditional avenues.

Voices from Elsewhere, presented by the Homewood Studios Gallery, is an exhibition that features makers who entered the field of ceramics later in life and whose work draws upon their previous careers and life experiences.  These ceramicists came to clay through avenues other than the higher education track.   One maker worked as nurse in Africa and creates installations highlighting the loss of wildlife she experienced while living there.  Another worked for the FDA and applies her science background to her ceramic works.  There is also an architect, a graphic designer, a middle school teacher and more.  NCECA participants, many who also came to clay after earlier careers in other fields, will be inspired by the quality and diversity of work by their colleagues.

Homewood Studios, is located at 2400 Plymouth Avenue, Minneapolis, 55411, an easy ten minute drive from the Convention Center and downtown Minneapolis.  Grab a Lyft or Uber, if you don’t have a car handy. 

Directions are on our website www.homewoodstudios.com/map.html or call george at 612 587-0230.

Public Transportation/Bus:

#19B, 19H, 19Y all run every ten minutes from 7th and Marquette to the corner of Plymouth Avenue and Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis.  Get off there and walk 

two blocks west on Plymouth to our gallery.


#7 runs every thirty minutes from the corner of 3rd and Hennepin right to our door.

Note: The Thor Construction building’s Robert Copland Gallery, also offering an NCECA show, is located at the corner of Penn and Plymouth.  Two shows for one stop!

Exhibition Reception with presentations by the artists will be:

Friday, March 29th 5-9 pm

Gallery hours are: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am—5 pm
Friday 10 am—9 pm

Minneapolis Exhibition Highlight: You’ve Been Served

Minneapolis Exhibition Highlight: You’ve Been Served

The idea of Claytopia for us is a place where diverse artists can explore their voice and share,with community beyond the studio. YOU’VE BEEN SERVED represents over 50 artists who make work to speak to the viewer/user on many levels:  encouraging a moment of contemplation in their daily routine, to encourage use of and appreciation for the handmade.  Thus, encouraging a joyous object to hold and experience while sharing a great beverage together.


Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

NCECA 2019 in Minneapolis is just around the corner. As you plan your trip consider enhancing your experience with a Pre/Post Conference workshop. These events are not organized by NCECA. Instead they are planned and offered by the local clay community in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. These workshop options are a way for participants to connect with each other while learning from knowledgeable makers in the ceramics field. They are a great way to meet other clay enthusiast and build excitement ahead of the conference.

March 22-25
Wood Fire Workshop with Jack Troy, Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley.
Spend the weekend before 2019 NCECA glazing, loading and firing a wood kiln in Minnesota with renowned potter/author Jack Troy (PA), kiln builder/potter Donovan Palmquist (MN), and potter/glaze fanatic Colleen Riley (MN). The bourry box wood kiln is designed to be versatile, efficient and easy to fire, providing a wide range of effects, from heavy ash to bright flashing, and even colorful glazed surfaces. Jack is known worldwide for his wood fired ceramics, writings, and poetry. We look forward to his delightful stories and observations about all things clay. Donovan (owner of Master Kiln Builders) will share his knowledge of kilns and wood firing techniques. Before loading, Riley will lead a session on glazing for the wood/soda chamber, with time for participants to experiment with more colorful surfaces. Additional talks and demonstrations will be held during the firing. This is sure to be an inspiring weekend for ceramic artists of all levels of wood firing experience. Participation is limited to 12.

Schedule: Friday, March 22 to Monday, March 25; unload kiln on Saturday, March 30.

Cost: $500, excluding housing. Firing costs, materials, snacks and most meals are included. Colleen and Donovan are happy to provide a list of nearby housing options.

Registration: Visit the website www.kilnbuilders.com/689511/workshop/ for more details and registration information. Or, email Donovan and Colleen at eurekapots.workshops@gmail.com.

Eureka Pots/Studio of Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley
27607 Grenada Avenue
Farmington, MN 55024

March 25 & 26
Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper Porcelain: In conjunction with the exhibition Urban Parallel: Ceramics in Scotland, Susan O’Byrne will be demonstrating her making methods at Artistry and running the master workshop Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper-Porcelain. Over two days Susan will demonstrate working on a nichrome wire armature, building with thin sheets of paper-porcelain and printing and collaging the surface of her forms. The master workshop will allow participants the opportunity to experiment with these techniques and make work in the style of her animal portraits on view through out March at Artistry. The techniques Susan uses in her work combine ways of making normally associated with papier-mâché, textiles, and collage. O’Byrne is a Scottish based ceramic artist. She specializes in the making of allegorical animal forms and has developed a unique set of making processes which aim to articulate human sensitivity.

Full two-day workshop, including Demo: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day (Artist Talk and
Demo separately open to an audience for reduced fee).

Demo Cost: $60-80
Workshop Cost: $345-395 (Materials fees may be included).

Monday, March 25
Artist talk and slide presentation from 9:30-11:15am
Demo with hour lunch break: 11:30am-4:00pm.

Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington Center for the Arts,
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.,
Bloomington, MN 55431

Contact Sarah Beggs
Handicap Accessible

March 26
The Socially Engaged Craft Collective, in partnership with the School of Art and Design at  Minneapolis College, is excited to announce a day of workshops, panels, and participation with Cross Pollination: an NCECA pre-conference for artists and educators about socially engaged craft, pedagogy, and artistic action.

Cross pollination suggests exchange and interchange, collaborative action and genetic recombination. Craft and education, art and society are each varietals of humanity’s richest plants. The conference will record, report, conceptualize and enact cross pollination between disciplines and methods, cultures and ideas, objects and people. We aim to speak to interdisciplinary, remixing, intersectionality, and novel combinations while considering traditional and emergent theories of making and teaching.

A one-day participatory conference experience, Cross Pollination will incorporate expert voices from both craft and social engagement perspectives. Participants will find resources and emerging ideas for their art practices and classrooms through panel discussions, lectures and interactive learning experiences. Breakout sessions will focus on the following: Communities (Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration); Pedagogy (Engagement and Collaboration in Learning); Idea Generation (Socially Engaged Craft in Practice); and Logistics (the “How To” of Socially Engaged Craft including Ethics and Sustainability).

Date:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location:  Minneapolis College, near Loring Park and the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: $75

Registration will open January 1.  Please visit Minneapolis College Continuing Education for more information.

**A certificate of completion from the School of Art and Design at Minneapolis College will be available to educators interested in professional development credit.