Calling all Cyclists!  As you start to think about travel plans for the 2016 conference in Kansas City, please try to include Tuesday in your trip.  We are planning a group ride in memory of Glenda Taylor.  This ride was something that Glenda and I had spoken about for the last couple of years as plans for Kansas City were only beginning to form.  She was absolutely committed to making […]

Periodically during the fall we will be issuing challenges in the form of assignments to inspire immediate ways to get involved with the Across the Table, Across the Land project. Please refer to the NCECA Across the Table, Across the Land site at app.ncecaarossthetable.com and click on “Field Guide” for more information. First Fall Challenge: Opportunity: Clay Could Make This Better Opportunities to move hand-crafted ceramic objects into the world […]

The nominations for NCECA Honors and Awardees always seem to fall right around the time that the Emmy’s recognize excellence in the television industry. I have a close relationship with someone that’s been trying to get me to go for years but I always decline because the NCECA Honors and Awards ceremony is my own personal “CerEmmy” experience and there is no award ceremony that can match it. There is […]

Yesterday we heard from NCECA’s Past President, Patsy Cox on the open board positions that we will need to fill at the next conference.  However, you may be wondering about that open Treasurer Seat….will it be appointed or elected?  We did just have a big ballot measure to determine the fate of the NCECA Treasurer and the NCECA Secretary positions.  But some of you may have noticed that we have not […]

              Over the years some amazing individuals have come forward to serve NCECA. We’ve been incredibly fortunate that our tables have been set by such intelligent and caring advocates who have worked diligently to create the experiences we share each year. We’re in need of a few great folks to join the NCECA board to continue to advance our mission and goals. The NCECA volunteer board members come straight […]

Where there is wonder, there is a way… The National Toy and Miniature Museum (T/m) on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City has just reopened to great acclaim following an 18-month, $8 million renovation. With more than 72,000 objects in its holdings, the T/m Museum is a microcosm of our world in the truest sense. It’s a place to marvel at fine-scale miniatures ranging from 1:12 to a […]

Now online: One of the most popular topics from the 2015 conference!  Few things are as important to a potter as their hands.  Check out Branfman’s article on pages 101-103 of the 2015 Journal, and view his session below.  NCECA would like to thank Allison Zimmer Guiliotis for her video editing work on this session! As you manipulate mud on the wheel your hands sense and send signals to your brain. […]

As the 2014 NCECA conference started in Milwaukee, the news of Don Reitz’s passing on March 19 at his home in Clarkdale, Arizona, sent rippling shock waves throughout the audience and beyond.  He was 84 and throughout his six-decade career, he continued to push his artistic vision, inspiring generations of ceramic practitioners.  Don was a modern day folk legend and larger-than-life.  As a master ceramist, Don Reitz produced new and […]

In the world of money, which is of interest when we need it, there are three reports that result from the process of gathering all the receipts, numbers, checks, cash, electronic images, paper, paper, paper…..  They are the Balance Sheet, Income Statement (or Statement of Profit and Loss), and Cash Flow Statement.  I mention the end results first as that is how I feel we create.  We see the results […]

I met the iconic Phillip Cornelius in the 80’s during my graduate studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio while I was an intern resident artist at the former Southwest Craft Center. Phil came to the Center as a visiting artist for one month when he guided me in the craft but importantly the concepts of clay as a medium of abstract artistic expression. Three years later while co- […]

This exhibition features YOU and the work you do to connect ceramics, community and food. Developed and curated by Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers, Across the Table, Across the Land is a member’s exhibition for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary Conference in 2016. The final exhibition will take place at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City. People dedicated to ceramics, like you, are central to community. NCECA wants to celebrate how you make that happen. We want to […]

I am pleased to announce the latest release in our series of Emerging Artist Presentations, David Bogus. My creative process is cultivated through identity exploration and self-discovery.  My practice isa combination of risk taking and experimentation.  It includes both the artistic process and a constantly shifting personal narrative. -David Bogus Enjoy his presentation from the 2015 conference in its entirety below, enjoy his work in the following exhibitions, and connect with him on […]

We get a lot of great proposals for our conference and it is so hard to accept them all and find room in two days in a Convention Center to fit them all.  This year, we noticed a pattern; several proposals didn’t quite fit the usual categories we have constructed. Sure they dealt with education or professional practices, etc. …but didn’t exactly fit all the corners. Like an El Camino, […]

Don’t let a handful of votes dictate the future direction of NCECA… If you are a member of NCECA, I urge you to exercise your rights and vote! A vote to amend NCECA’s by-laws ends this Thursday. This bylaw amendment asks the membership to change the Secretary and Treasurer positions on the board from a membership elected to board appointed positions. A few short years ago, a bylaw amendment was […]