As I was thinking how to write about the benefits of being a member of NCECA, there were two quotes that came to mind: “Membership has its privileges” and “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” Think for a minute about which one describes you better.   I’d guess that the people reading this are more likely to ally themselves with the first statement.  It seems […]

You may be mired in the unfolding drama of our national election process and keeping up with news of the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses. NCECA has its own election process and its open for voting and you’ve probably already received an email asking you to vote from our tireless Communications Director, Cindy Bracker! We’re looking to fill two important board positions this upcoming year, Director at Large and Student […]

Gray matter*: the stuff between your ears and between your years (of official education). As mentioned in a previous post, the Gray Area is a space for programming that didn’t quite fit elsewhere, but still has important information to share.  In very recent years, NCECA has observed a growing portion of its membership of artists who are not educated in the ceramic arts through the traditional BFA and MFA programs […]

An update about Across the Table, Across the Land from Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand: We spent the week in Portland, camped out in front of a massive amount of uploaded data and images submitted to the Across the Table, Across the Land WebApp (over 500 total responses). Organizing this much information was a challenge we were thrilled to be confronted with – a great problem to have!  Thank you […]

Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict.  Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process -Brian Eno In both his article for the NCECA Journal (p26) as well as his presentation at the 2015 conference in Providence, Rhode Island, Andy Casto pointed to this quote as a guiding principle for his work.  In his studio as well as […]

Back in 1989, right here in Kansas City, NCECA introduced what would become a hallmark of the conference’s opening festivities: The Randall Session. And right now, I have the good fortune of introducing you to the mastermind behind this year’s session, Mark Southerland, and the group of esteemed artists joining him on stage to perform Wit & Menace: An Operetta. First, here’s a quick history lesson: Named in honor of […]

FUTURE FLUX, the 51st annual NCECA conference takes place in Portland, Oregon in 2017.   Although it seems a long way off, it will be here before we know it!   NCECA is committed to the exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice including diverse approaches that range from utilitarian and designed objects to sculpture, installations, site-specific works and performative events. Concurrent Exhibitions (CEs) are an important feature of NCECA’s annual conference […]

RIP Dr. Daum. You were a HUGE asset to our region and to the world of artists working with clay. Dr. Daum lost a battle with cancer on December 28. Cary and I drove to Sedalia last night for the opening of a couple of shows at the Daum Museum. I’m color blind (literally) and even I could see rich hues in many of the works in their Permanent Collection. […]

Pamper yourself with an exceptional excursion on Wednesday to lovely Lawrence, KS  to take in twelve terrific shows, with breakfast and lunch included!  This is a timed tour, so the bus stays with you the whole time, and no one is left behind.  The tour will have its own incredible and gregarious guide, who is local, knowledgable and entertaining to boot! Buy your bus ticket now to ensure a spot on […]

NCECA has embraced technology that allows us to provide exciting content to you in a new way. Ultimately, our commitment to sustainability and greener practices encourages NCECA to phase out DVD production and offer all of our interesting and informative video content via digital download. Three brand new videos from the 2015 Process Room in Providence, Rhode Island are now available! Each compilation includes highlights from four sessions and are […]

Digital Applications in Ceramic Pedagogy Panel Abstract, Topical Discussions The purpose of this topical discussion is to broaden the knowledge of how to integrate digital practices into a ceramic curriculum and examine resources that are available for schools to obtain equipment or access.  It will also give a broader reading of the opinions and methodologies towards incorporating technology in ceramic education.   Digital technology in ceramic education is an emerging […]

A hop, skip and a 45 minute jump from the convention center, in nearby Lawrence, KS, you’ll find three exhibitions showcasing the heart of the region.  Midwest Mentors, organized by Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, represents work from artists across the US and internationally, who have presented workshops there since the last Kansas City NCECA.  Although they have created a complete electronic catalog of this exhibition, this is definitely a show you […]

The Process Room has blossomed into one of the conference’s most popular offerings, way beyond the glimmer it was in former Program Director, Steve Hilton’s eyes three years ago. As those who attended NCECA in Providence know, the room was packed and we created an overflow room with live video feed. For those who couldn’t squeeze into either place, Our YouTube Channel offers highlights from the Jennifer Allen session and […]

If the conference has a palpable pulse, the heartbeat is the Resource Hall.  I’m excited to tell you that we have redesigned the layout for this year to improve the flow and create a new level of interest. If you’ve been to the conference before, you probably already know the allure of the Resource Hall.  If you’re new to the NCECA experience, let me warn you that the resource hall […]