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 […]

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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 […]

Calling all undergraduate and graduate ceramic students’ PROFESSORS! Dear Ceramics Professors, as you know being a full-time student often prohibits one’s ability to have a full-time job. And, as professors we often hear students who have great ideas, but do not know how to fund them.   The question of the moment . . . Where can students find the resources to support their artistic endeavors? What if I were to […]

Dear Clay Friends: If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2018! For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2018 in Pittsburgh PA, I have some exciting news to share. We’re inviting you to join hosts Steven Branfman and James Watkins along with some outstanding clay people for an […]

As you consider heading to Pittsburgh for CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, NCECA’s 52nd conference, please help us to identify those individuals who have brought the culture of clay to where it is today. Our community has the opportunity and responsibility to honor, recognize and acknowledge individuals in the field who have made incredible contributions. These are folks who have left a lasting impact and legacy with their work, service, teaching/mentorship or outstanding projects. […]

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It doesn’t seem fair.  It never does.  The death of a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor…no matter who it is in our lives the loss is always felt hard and deep.  So was the case with our dear friend, Elmer Craig, who passed away on August 31st in his sleep in Lexington, Kentucky just 12 days shy of his 85th birthday.  To say his passing is sad is indeed an […]

A little reminder to everyone that is planning to apply for the fellowships NCECA offers, Project proposals are due Oct. 25 for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $1,800 each are available) and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $2,000 each are available). Two letters of recommendation are required with each application; we strongly suggest that you submit your proposal in […]

Now entering its third year, Blinc20:20 is becoming an exciting piece of programming at the annual conference.  This image-driven visually impacting short-form presentation provides a perfect platform for professors, students, international artists, or just about anyone who wants to be a part of the conference program. Not too long ago, I was chatting with a local college professor, who was lamenting that getting funding from the university to attend the conference is becoming […]

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Another year of classes brings with it the seemingly endless studying, cups and cups of coffee and the ever-brilliant critiques, whether you love or loath it, each student slowly steps closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I know you can endure, you know you can endure, yet we deserve that oasis along the endless trek towards our degree. NCECA is that oasis! Who would have thought […]

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