Sprinkled among the multitude of objects that fill our Material World; ceramics whether industrially manufactured or hand crafted, from the recent or distant past, even fresh out of the kiln, collide in the present.  Continually in flux as their function and relevance shifts, ceramics objects move through time and space adjusting to present tastes, trends and values.  Artists exploring the flow between factory and studio, museum collection and discard pile, […]

Niki & her interns were also nice enough to do a lot of “research” into the Milwaukee Night Life.  The weather may be cold, but these hot spots should warm you up (Note: I can personally attest to the awesomeness of High-Hat and really anything on Brady Street.  I and a few of my board buddies sampled several offerings of this hip spot when we were in Milwaukee for our […]

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Intentions in our yoga practice help to form not only the material mass of the physical body, but also shape the thoughts we carry during the yoga session and into the ceramic studio. The transformative power of yoga can change our attitudes toward our body, artwork, and the world.  Intentions can manifest reality to a degree that we can eventually create a veritable Garden of Eden by directing our thoughts. […]

There has been some discussion on twitter about working out a tweet up at NCECA this year.  We’ll actually have a couple of opportunities for you to meet all your twitter friends IRL at the conference.  Tuesday night at the Gallery Expo opening reception, I (Cindy) will have some special tweet-up token to drop into your NCECA name badge holder, and a silver sharpie pen for you to write in your […]

If you belong to the club that requires caffeine to start your engine in the morning, While you’re in Milwaukee, you might like to try out one of these great spots scouted by Niki Johnson and her amazing interns:

I can’t believe it! I am getting ready to go to my very first NCECA conference, in Milwaukee WI next week. I have wanted to go for years. This year is the year. Hi. My name is Kathy Maves. I am a potter originally from Elk Mound, Wisconsin which is about an hour and a half east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. I am in my second of three years in […]

If you’re looking for eclectic shops, old-world charm & fun variety, the Third Ward is the place for you!  In addition to the Marshall Building and the Pritzlaff Space, both of which are housing some amazing exhibitions for the conference, this historic Milwaukee district is the answer you seek.  Niki Johnson and her interns undertook the “difficult” task of  researching all these places to give you the dirty details about […]

We are thrilled to announce that the videos of our 2013 Demonstrators will be available for sale at the 2014 NCECA Conference!  Here’s a preview of each video for you!

Niki Johnson and her Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design interns have created an amazing visitor’s guide.  They have put together an extensive list of all kinds of points of interest in Milwaukee!  If you see Niki or any of these students, be sure to thank them for collecting and compiling so much great information. To make all the information a bit more digestable, I’m splitting it up into several […]

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There is a new book that is now available and will be at the NCECA GreenTask Force booth to view.  This is an excellent book full of information about sustainability within the field of ceramics.  Written and edited by Robert Harrison, with contributions from nearly thirty national and international makers, experts and luminaries in the field.  This book covers all the factors to consider when going ‘green’ from fuels and […]

Hey Students, I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Milwaukee! Don’t forget to bring a flash drive with images of your work and stop by our table in the main registration area to sign up for the Student Critique Room, The Student Critique Room gives students at all levels an opportunity to discuss images of their work one-to-one with professional artists and […]

Sound flows.  A sculpted sound translation of Santiago Calatrava speaking the native word thought to be the basis of the name Milwaukee, Jeffrey Mongrain’s spare and elegant signature form represents the flow of sound.  Just as a speaker in a sound system vibrates or a vinyl record records sound, this minimal black circle mysteriously reveals its vibration to those willing to pause, observe closely and allow the work to reveal […]

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start mapping your schedule for the 2014 NCECA conference!  Each year, people are heard saying “There’s just so MUCH!  How do I do it all?”  The answer is that you really just can’t, so you have to make some choices.  If you’re attending for the first time, this can be especially overwhelming, but even conference veterans have challenges fitting […]

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Gresham, Wisconsin studio potter Simon Levin has asked fifty of his favorite clay workers* to contribute a plate to a fundraising initiative in support of NCECA’s 50th anniversary, which falls in 2016. Over the past two months some of your favorite potters across the country opened an emailed letter that asked them to imagine Simon playing the role of Uncle Sam with his clay covered finger pointing their way proclaiming, […]