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 […]

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 […]

I’m on my way to the conference, and I’m fondly remembering the ridiculous meals I’ve had at NCECA. The things I eat during the week of the conference are generally a compromise, a mediocre peace treaty between how much noise my stomach makes, and how much more my feet are willing to walk. One year, the year I got smart, I bought provisions at a convenience store and carried Kind […]

In 1951, the poet Charles Olson returned to Black Mountain College after a period of declining resources and divisive faculty relations. Succeeding Joseph Albers as the primary visionary at the school. Over the previous several years, Olson had immersed himself in research of early Mayan ruins of the Yucatan peninsula. Intrigued with pictorial writing systems on building surfaces and objects, he was determined that a poet could just as well […]

Not being a Pittsburgh native myself, I was unaware of the event called “Unblurred” that happens on Penn Ave. in the Garfield neighborhood on the first Friday night of every month. It is an evening where every gallery, shop, and studio opens their doors to the community to come and enjoy taking a leisurely stroll in and out of each building, appreciating the art, buying a piece or two, or […]

This year the theme for NCECA’s Pittsburgh conference is CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture. The ideas imbue robust program content with tremendous range of ceramic expression. Attention to cultural context amplifies voices and issues of representation, power, identity, social justice, and equity. Clay permeates our lives. Clay remembers, tells stories, and shifts through histories and geographies. Its ubiquity evokes the social and political, domestic space and public place, the private and […]

Saturday morning, at the end of the conference, I always look forward to the emerging artist presentation. I find these talks to be tremendously energizing, full of good will and optimistic for the future. I relish in how the presenters are often a little nervous and occasionally naive, reminding me that we all start somewhere. This year Ayumi Horie, Arthur Gonzalez and I reviewed all the submissions for emerging artist […]

Students wanted! The Student Critique Room is live! We have a wonderful line up of mentors and artists from around the country who have graciously donated their time to help support and guild you through your artistic endeavors. Critiques commence on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th starting at 9am. NCECA happily facilitates this formal discussion for you to grow and learn, there is nothing in the world like the […]

Yes… it is that time of year again. The conference is near, and with it brings our Board election season. All those with current NCECA membership are encouraged to vote, and help us shape the future of NCECA by giving voice to two new Board Members. Open positions include one Director at Large, who will have oversight on NCECA Topical Networking at our annual conference, and one Student Director at […]

Almost all of the mosaics that I create are done collaboratively … participants contribute ideas and drawings and then I attempt to incorporate as many of their ideas as possible into the final design. While working at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild almost 20 years ago, I learned the importance of collaboration and community engagement in the art making process. The act of coming together, of creating side by side, sharing stories and experiences all […]

Since the conclusion of the 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, 2017 NCECA Emerging Artist, Kate Roberts, navigated the end of the academic year at her teaching post as a lecturer in the 3D4M: ceramics+glass+sculpture program in the School of Art+Art History+Design at the University of Washington, Seattle. Reflecting earlier this fall on the impact of NCECA’s Emerging Artist recognition on her life and work, Kate shared the following: The NCECA […]

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Hello Teachers, Mentors and Artists, The anticipation of NCECA is starting to close in around us. For some of us adept conference goer, we know the experience as a time to relax, scramble to get to everything, catch up with friends and see great art in a new city that openly welcomes our ceramics community to their front door. It’s like Christmas in March! For some students, these feeling are […]

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November 8th was the first ever Global Day of Clay, a joint effot between NCECA and the 92nd street Y to promote clay on a global scale.  There were 273 images with the hashtag #globaldayofclay on Instagram, a ton of tweets, and a variety of posts, images, videos events, & links on Facebook.  We even created a playlist from videos posted on YouTube: Did we miss reporting on something you shared?  let […]

Jessica Brandl, one NCECA’s 2017 Emerging Artists has had a busy time since delivering an outstanding presentation on the final day of the conference in Portland, Oregon. Over the summer, she relocated from Philadelphia, where she had been teaching at the Tyler School or Art at Temple University, to Canada, where she is presently teaching at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In October, her work, Humunculus, was honored […]