Professor Yoshiro Ikeda, my mentor from Kansas State University, passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age 67. I felt gut-wrenching pain as his urn was buried underground. I loved him like my own father. Words cannot express respect and gratitude I have toward this man. Sparkles in his eyes continue to encourage me as I work in the studio. It is okay to pour our heart into things we […]

Hi NCECA Friends! On the map number 9 is the Convention Center, the Hilton is located across the street from the Convention Center, and further down the block a Providence Place Mall. The Mall has a variety of chain restaurants that are known for particularly great happy hours, the drinks are nice but the deals on the food are quite nice. Happy Hour deals only take place in the lounge, […]

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I LOVE the New York Ceramics Fair. There’s nothing in the world quite like it. As vibrant and exciting as NCECA and the world of contemporary studio ceramics is, I’m always excited when something comes along to put our world in ceramics. NCECA is part of a 10,000 (plus) year ceramic continuum. The circle of artists, educators and collectors that we deal with is but a small part of the […]

Hi NCECA Friends! I figured a map of City Center would be most helpful in explaining where some of these hot spots are for restaurants, museums, bars and fun shops! Number 9, is the Convention Center, most places at most at 15-20 minute walk from the convention center. Unless you are hoping to make it up to Thayer Street, in which case you may take a cab, drive or take […]

Reposted from Paul Kotula Projects “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Tony Hepburn, influential artist, educator, writer, mentor and friend. He died on January 5, 2015 at his home in Chicago, IL. Born September 9, 1942 in Manchester, England, Tony Hepburn attended Camberwell College of Art receiving his N.D.D. in 1963 and later attended London University earning his A.T.D. in 1965. He recalls his early study […]

Hey there NCECA friends! My name is Lauren Skelly, I’m a current graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design, in the ceramics program. I am very excited to be your Resident Foodie and Rhody guide for this year’s NCECA. My goal every week is to post 2-3 sweet/savory spots from around town along with some helpful tips about Providence and hopefully through your feedback answer any Rhody questions you […]

NCECA is excited to announce a second international residency opportunity.  NCECA Members are eligible to apply to spend 4 weeks in Taiwan: Welcome to Yingge Ceramics Museum! With Rich ceramics tradition and thriving ceramics business, we are eager to stimulate the public’s interest and attention in ceramics, promote Yingge ceramic enterprises and local image, and encourage international culture exchange. Furthermore, we survey, gather, preserve, and maintain Taiwanese ceramic culture for […]

c.r.e.t.a. rome is honored to have been chosen for the 2015 NCECA International Residency Partner Programs. c.r.e.t.a. rome is offering a 6-week residency to the selected ceramic artist between April 2015 and March 2016. Approximate total cost for a six-week residency is $3750.00. c.r.e.t.a. rome will provide up to $1500 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; materials, firing […]

  Dawn Soltysiak began firing her pottery kilns with the help of solar panels. She explains how a small change can make a big difference for sustainability.   Owner/artist Dawn Soltysiak operates the 30-acre sustainable farm, where she runs Khnemu Studio and fires her kilns on solar power. Visitors to Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, about forty-five miles southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, would likely note the typical Midwestern rural […]

As a board member, I donate my time to NCECA throughout the year.  The “work” I do for this organization never feels like work, because I am surrounded by 16 other volunteer board members and 6 staff members, all of whom put their heart and soul into this organization.  It is truly a rewarding experience.  I love NCECA. I saw some billboards the other day with the image you see above. […]

When making your travel plans for this year’s conference, be sure to include Saturday’s programming in your itinerary!  One of the highlights of the day is sure to be treasured potter, Jack Troy, who will be delivering this year’s closing lecture. From 10:35am-11:35am in the Ballroom, Troy will be speaking on the topic of Anecdotal Evidence: “For myself,” wrote Stanley Kunitz,”I have come to believe that the most wonderful thing to tell is […]

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…with a mobile education and outreach gallery for beautiful handmade pottery–a collaboration between over 100 clay artists In Boston, we’ve recently launched a project to spread our passion for ceramics and design. We’re converting a 17ft bread truck into a mobile ceramics gallery, called POW! (Pots On Wheels) in order to bring excellent pottery to those who may not have had the opportunity to touch clay before. Our gallery will display a diverse range of work from […]

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Tampa, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, and now Providence… Hard to believe that this year will be Student Perspective’s 5th birthday. Wow! Time sure does fly by. I still remember my first board meeting as the new student director for NCECA, and the idea of a student programming thread being put forth as we sat around the conference table down in Tampa, back in May of 2010. I was still absorbing the […]

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We are excited to make available the video footage from NCECA’s inaugural Roundtable Discussion.  At our 48th annual meeting in Milwaukee, with generous support from the Chipstone Foundation, NCECA was able to bring together a “dream team” panel of creative thinkers in and adjacent to our field.  The title of this roundtable, “Handle as Bridge: Creativity, Learning & Purpose” was inspired by a 1911 essay by philosopher and critic Georg Simmel that […]

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