Robin Hopper Remembered (1939-2017) Internationally accomplished potter, teacher, author, garden designer, and arts activist, Robin Hopper passed away on April 6, 2017. The potter’s art is one of the few in which the connection between creator and appreciator is so intimate and integral. The process of creation, the resulting object, and its use by others represent a unique interrelationship, too seldom explored. If not for multi-faceted, generous, and curious imaginations, […]

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Call for Entry 2018 NCECA ANNUAL VISUAL VOICES: TRUTH NARRATIVES ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (midnight MDT) NCECA seeks submissions for the 2018 NCECA Annual, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, which will be held at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA during the 52nd NCECA conference.  Curator/juror, Winnie Owens-Hart has invited artists Syd Carpenter, Roberto Lugo, Sana Musasama, Reginald Pointer,and Janathel Shaw to frame the curatorial concerns of the exhibit. The artists […]

I thought about titling this post “Marvelous Marge” or “Marge the Magnificent”…..both absolutely fitting descriptive titles.  But then I thought “Marge in Charge,” since she announced last year during her closing lecture that she has been “in charge since I was 5″, I’m sorry, I don’t work well in a group, I just always end up in charge”.  (that’s paraphrased). Basically there were a ton of titles I could have picked, […]

The highly anticipated NCECA Annual “The Evocative Garden,” curated by Gail M. Brown, opens this weekend, kicking off the 2017 NCECA conference “season” with a whirlwind of garden-centric delight and botanical wonder.  The exhibition, held at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, features five artists who were invited by the curator along with 29 artists who were selected from the call for entry.    Invited artists Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim […]

NCECA’s Art Expo is upon us, and as the new Director at Large who is in charge of facilitating its success, I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Over the past few weeks I’ve been communicating with all the galleries in preparation for our Portland Future Flux Expo, and I can say that there’s a palpable excitement and energy for the wonderful art that will be available for purchase. […]

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“In the world of everything that is already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.” Bobby Tso’s approach to forms in the post-industrial world is both whimsical and sophisticated. His curiosity is delightful and child-like. His level of intensity and skill are awe inspiring. I had as much fun watching his peers view his work in Kansas City […]

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The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2017 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections. This year the jury was comprised of Kim Dickey, Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, Tony Marsh, Professor- California State University- Long Beach, and Jane Shellenbarger, Assistant Professor-Rochester Institute of Technology. The Six selected Artists:   […]

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself! I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives […]

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Not only is our upcoming conference upon us, we find ourselves in need of new Board members for the 2017-2020 term. So, it is election time again for NCECA, and we hope all of our members will participate by casting their vote to help us fill our soon-to-be vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. It is now our fourth year with electronic […]

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Hey Clay Lovers! NCECA is right around the corner. We know you’re already laying out your conference outfits and figuring out a game plan for how to be first in line at the cup sale this year– BUT! There’s another bandwagon you should be jumping on. …Well, more of a bus actually. Here’s the run-down of the top-notch bus tours NCECA has going this year– The Portland Suburban Tour * This tour will take […]

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We are thrilled to share that 4 full-length videos of the 2016 Demonstrator Duos are complete and will be on sale and ready for you to take home from the 2017 conference in Portland!  Here’s a glimpse of what you will get:            

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Arriving in Portland Visitors flying in will arrive at PDX Airport, consistently rated the best airport in the USA (and for good reason). It has a wide array of locally-owned, reasonably-priced food options, so plan to take meals there if you happen to arrive at lunch or dinner. It also has a distillery shop (yes, really). Outside security, there’s also a branch of Real Mother Goose Art Gallery, Powell’s Books, […]

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Hopefully you’ve already booked your accommodations for NCECA, as many hotels are already booked up.  In case you haven’t, or in case you’re looking for alternatives, this article will provide you with some ideas and information. The first thing to understand is that the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is located on the East side of the Willamette River, just across the water from downtown Portland.  The area adjacent to the […]

Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!! The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum […]

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