Exploring the impact of place on the perception of art within the context of the Kansas City Museum, this exhibition showcases a group of contemporary ceramic artists whose works offer insight into the intersections between art, culture and daily life. Although diverse in their forming methods, working practices and artistic styles, Now & Then brings artists at all levels of their ceramic careers back together with their peers and mentors from CU […]

The incomparable and always informative Pete Pinnell provides food for thought for potters who make pots for food. For too long the debate of craft vs art has stymied and stigmatized the handcrafted object. Pete is going to put that argument in a headlock, make it cry “uncle” and show how they are intertwined and functionality does not negate an object’s beauty, but enhances it. You can’t serve your Thanksgiving […]

Think with me for a minute…..have you ever thought, or said, or heard someone say anything like man, the conference is so expensive!  NCECA must be rolling in dough!” it’s ok, you don’t have to tell me if you have thought or said that yourself.  But I’ve heard it, and I understand that it can be easy to think that when you’re forking over so much of your hard-earned (and let’s […]

Where do you currently live/work? Charm City- Baltimore, Maryland at Baltimore Clayworks and Towson University. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? As the Baltimore Clayworks’ Exhibitions Director, I love curating shows, putting together the best “Mix Tape” of artists, supporting the emerging and established craftspeople to inspire our students and collectors. It is also a lot of fun […]

In the 2015 NCECA Journal, Joanna wrote I find beauty in my embarrassment. I welcome the silly. Through the arrangement of objects, i set up a situation or narrative where the viewer can forget about an object’s function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter with its own intentions.  I want to encourage questions about what is happening with the objects and the narrative; being peculiar and unclear […]

NCECA Topical Discussion have always played a substantial role in conference programming, from allowing participants to have a voice within the midst of discussion to meeting other members who have mutual interests, NCECA Topical Discussions and NCECA connections help to set the tone for advanced discussion and relationships that extend beyond the annual conference. This year Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections will play an especially important role in kicking off […]

You’ve heard of Rachel Ray’s $40/day?  The key to what makes that work is having a budget ahead of time and sticking to it.  I’m not suggesting that you can do NCECA on $40/day, but you can take some time in advance to plan your expenses and know where you are spending your money.  I’m including a spreadsheet of some average costs for attending the conference.  You can tighten the […]

Where do you currently live/work I lead a double life! I live in Kansas City, Missouri, but I work in Lawrence, Kansas at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.   What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I have the good fortune of spending my days (and plenty of nights) in the company of more […]

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This exhibition highlights the work of a new generation of makers, students currently pursing their MFA degree work at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  The makers are: Kaitlin Arndt, Joshua R. Maier, Scott McClellan, Anthony Pearson, Jennifer Halli, Kyle Hendrix. Celebrating multiple approaches to the vessel and sculptural form each of these artists seeks to establish their personal voice and contribute it to the field of ceramics. This exhibition will shine […]

In October, Yellowstone Art Museum Education Director Linda Ewert invited me to participate in an art program at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings, Montana. This would be the most challenging and rewarding community I had yet engaged in a Guardian Monster Workshop. Forms for entry into prison quickly invoked a sobering reality. “In the event of a hostage scenario the volunteer acknowledges they will be subject to the same […]

Once upon a time, in an NCECA not so far away, there was paper.  And on this paper there were words, and these words were written by NCECA members.  I recently wrote to Harris Deller, who was the Publications Director for NCECA for five years back in the 1990s.  I inquired about methods of communication with the membership back in the days when “e” was merely the fifth letter of the […]

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Where do you currently live/work Live in Ossining NY, work at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY as Executive Director What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? What I like most about working at Clay Art Center is the community of artists and staff who are so passionate about clay, as well as the opportunity to see students […]

As this is the 50th NCECA conference it makes since to look back for inspiration.  Why stop at fifty years, or 100 years when we can go back to prehistoric times?  Perhaps the most exciting of these times was the reign of dinosaurs.    Dinosaurs exist in our contemporary consciousness in many facets.  Though found as prettified remains, dinosaurs are icons of our present-day culture.  They are movie stars, symbols […]

For our 50th Anniversary Conference, we are mixing things up with the demonstrating artists: pairing an established artist with someone they have worked with or taught over the years. With our theme as “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” I want to begin my blog series on our demonstrators with David MacDonald, professor emeritus at Syracuse University and recipient of NCECA’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, for personal reasons that will […]