For the last week, we’ve had such a WONDERFUL exchange of ideas and opinions related to a single survey comment that I thought I’d see if we can repeat it.  This week, let’s address this: I know this is beyond your control but I found myself twice having to choose between really great presentations. Thursday – Anomalies and Curiosities and the Roundtable discussion Fueling the Imagination. Friday Panel 50 Years […]

Today I am going to focus this article on one single survey comment: We had 5000 brochures printed for the exhibition but it was a waste of resources. In case you didn’t know, NCECA has always offered up empty tables for any venue or organization that wishes to leave free brochures about their programs, events, etc.  For the past 3 years at least, the NCECA board & staff have been discussing […]

I feel like I’m preaching to the choir a bit in this post, because I know that the people that read the NCECA blog regularly are the most informed conference-goers we have.  YOU all are the ones who know to about the special help and guidance for first timers, the scholarships for students and teachers, all the new things we’re trying out, the locations of EVERYTHING, and so on. But, […]

As I sit in the ballroom, in the break between emerging artists presentation and closing lecture, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  Saying goodbye to NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping…  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing, in this year’s case, THREE  years of hard work come to an abrupt end is rough.  I am excited to see and […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA: Vol 2, No 18 – Heading Home

Hello from Kansas City!  We are making our final preparations here and are excited to welcome around 6,000 clay lovers to Kansas City!!!!  It looks like we are going to be blessed with pretty good spring weather for the conference, so pack accordingly!  If you haven’t downloaded the NCECA App yet, what are you waiting for? • I strongly recommend that you vote in the NCECA Board Member Election before […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA: Vol 2, No. 18 – Arriving in KC

Greetings NCECA friends!  I have some amazing news.  Last week our advance registration closed at a record high of 4750.  Usually about 600-1000 people will register onsite.  This means close to 6,000 of us will be gathering together in Kansas City in just over a week.  Of course, with that many people, comes that many logistics concerns.  Last year in Providence, many popular presentations were packed, and some people couldn’t […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA Vol 2, No 17 – Odds & Ends

Usually my “Inside NCECA” column comes out on Saturday, but I just couldn’t wait until then to tell you all about this year’s NCECA App.  Filled with information about programming, presenters, exhibitions, KC restaurants & hotspots, maps, bus tours, important dates, plus opportunities to connect year round, the NCECA App just gets better each year.  Here’s a helpful video on the basics and some of the personalized features of the […]

If this is your first NCECA, (or even if it’s not), everything can be a little overwhelming.  So we put together a few tools to help you make the most of your conference experience.  First, take a look at the video below, which goes over basically the whole conference experience, then, be sure to check out the handy list of links to previous blog articles which can give you more […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA! Vol 2, No. 15 – First Time Tips

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 […]

Today’s column is about giving you some inside information about who you need to know.  The NCECA organization is supported by a stupendous staff of 8 led by our exceptional Executive Director, Josh Green.  There really just aren’t enough words to accurately convey the magnificence of Josh.  He has breadth of knowledge on a variety of topics not just related to clay, but also business and the running of a non-profit organization.  He’s […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA Vol 2, No 14 – Who’s Who and how do you know?

I have to say, I don’t envy you all this decision. Believe me, I know how lucky I am to live in Lawrence and be close enough to take in so many of these amazing NCECA shows. For those of you coming from afar, your best bet is to book the bus. But which one? Well, there’s the tempting tour to Lawrence that I told you about a couple of […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA: Vol 2, No. 13 – Wednesday Shuttles

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 […]

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 […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off on Inside NCECA Vol 2, No 10 – The Resource Hall

The greater Kansas City area is hosting over 100 exhibitions in association with NCECA.  Together with Lew White Bus Tours, our local team has put together some incredible bus routes to help you make the most of your conference experience.  The galleries & venues mounting these shows are rolling out their red carpets…(or rather, their red white & black NCECA Exhibition flags) with receptions on either Thursday or Friday night.  We are […]