Let’s be honest, getting to the annual NCECA conference costs money, as do any kind of professional development opportunities. Many of us budget for it every year, others apply for grants and scholarships, some are fortunate enough to be sponsored by work or schools. A lot of attendees have been holding fundraising efforts, both as groups and individuals. I’ve seen these range from selling pots on Facebook and Etsy to Kickstarter campaigns […]

NCECA Members the time is upon you!   Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share in the spotlight of our 50th anniversary conference!  As a member, become part of the quest to celebrate, explore, expound, validate, and connect our clay community. What do you want to see and learn about?  What knowledge and expertise can you share? Do you have ideas of artists to reach out to, to be a part […]

Transitions: In previous years, NCECA included a call for programming in the (often misunderstood) category titled “New Works.”  The NCECA board realized both that name and the description of the category needed to change.  We are pleased to announce that this important thread of programming has evolved to reflect its underlying theme & spirit. This is a venue to show not what you happen to be making that is fresh from the kiln, but fresh from your brain. Departures, new […]

I’ve been spending the last week compiling all of the results of the survey into a complete report.  If I didn’t say so already, THANK YOU to the 1200 people that filled out the survey!  This takes some time, so please be patient, and know that will be sharing all of the objective data and much of the comments and ideas that were brought up right here on the blog. […]

Demonstrating Artists: This one definitely falls into the Mentor category. Artists, who have taught, shared and inspired generations of ceramic artists. Think of those workshop veterans with strong portfolios and that brand name recognition. These are the heroes who have dedicated a lifetime to clay. The people, who we as artists aspire to be, to emulate their studio habits and find inspiration in their endurance and continued brilliance. Is there […]

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This is the quick and dirty portion of our conference. 30 minutes to share the best tip, technique or surface treatment with an adoring and packed room. This is not a demonstrating artist or workshop venue, but may hopefully lead to such opportunities in the artist’s future. The Process Room is about distilling your brilliance into a potent delivery. And then we repeat that awesomeness, 7-8 times in a day, […]

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One week left to submit your proposals for NCECA 2016 in Kansas City! It is the fiftieth anniversary of our NCECA conference. Yep, the big 5-0! Our theme is Makers, Mentors and Milestones; take time to reflect on how far we have come and where we are headed and put forth your ideas for the conference. We are makers united by a mercurial material. We shape the clay: taking an […]

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NCECA is  very excited to share a session from the extremely popular Process Room.  For those of you who don’t already know, “Lively Experiments” marked the 3rd year of this popular aspect of NCECA Conference.  Each year, this “attraction” has grown, and we realize that many sessions were not just “standing room only”, but at several sessions, the fire marshall was actually barring people from entering the room.  NCECA is thrilled with the […]

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The NCECA Survey closed last night.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to give us feedback.  I’ll be calculating all of the objective data, crunching numbers and preparing a complete report for the upcoming board meeting.  I’ll also be reading each and every one of the comments that were left and sharing that with the board as well. And of course, I’ll share it all with you all here […]

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Almost everything made today is done so digitally, as to look polished and perfect. Companies like Apple and Sony have strived to create products that have no seams and appear robotically made. For a ceramicist, using the wheel allows you to erase any evidence of the human hand. Building by hand, the artist shows the fingerprints in the work- something Apple can and will never be able to do. Sachs […]

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If you are a member of the NCECA Facebook Group, you may have already seen my intermittent reporting on the NCECA survey results as they have been coming in.  (If you haven’t already taken the survey, by the way, you can take it here.) One of the big pieces of demographic information I’ve been watching is the question that relates to academic affiliation. Most people know that NCECA was formed […]

There is a crisis in our educational system today. This talk from the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, RI, is about how clay has the potential to address this crisis. When ceramics is taught from both a philosophical and interdisciplinary perspective it has unlimited pedagogical applications. This talk addressed how clay can inform the way we teach. Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts at Penn State University.  […]

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Written By: Harry Levenstein Just as there is an art to working with clay, there is also one to working with clay in a more sustainable way. Here at the NCECA Green Task Force we are continually working to bring awareness to the increasing importance of sustainability in our lives as artists and makers. In no particular order, here are our top 10 tips for reducing studio waste: 1. Sponge washin’ is […]

Jack Troy’s closing lecture at the 2015 Conference was full of wonderful stories about a life in clay. He spoke with wisdom about aesthetic experiences one moment and with humor about his brother’s tonsils in a jar the next.  He recounted memories of his first teacher, and the years when he and several fellow ceramics folk were “creating a past for NCECA.”  He divided the room into two groups, earth potters and […]