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.  […]

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 […]

It’s raining here in Kansas, and I’m sitting here, at work, in my office listening to the thunderstorms outside while writing this.   Shhh, don’t tell my boss!   (In reality, I couldn’t have a boss more supportive of NCECA, but maybe I’ll talk more about my mom another time.)   And don’t worry, next year’s conference will be over before tornado season begins. I love writing this Saturday series […]

Are you in need of serious hashtagging help?  (Are you now scratching your head and wondering for the umpteenth time what the heck a hashtag is?).  Or are you already dialed in to face-twit-stagram but want to better understand how to use Etsy or Pinterest?  At the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, 4 ceramics industry folk shared their views on social media and you can now view that here on […]

Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, the 2016 NCECA Invitational will be on exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from February 12– May 8, 2016. The exhibition will take place in conjunction with Makers, Mentors and Milestones, the 50thAnnual NCECA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16 – March 19, 2016. Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change is an exhibition that explores connections between art, social issues and process in contemporary ceramics. Curators Leigh Taylor Mickelson […]

The NCECA survey awaits!   This will take only 5-10 minutes of your time, and will be extremely helpful to the NCECA board and staff in planning the next conference.   Please let us hear your thoughts, ideas, and even (hopefully constructive) criticisms. Our survey will only be open for 2 weeks.  Then the results will be compiled, analyzed, used for planning future conference and also published right here on […]

Regrettably, tonight’s NCECA/92Y online event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control.  We will be working tenaciously to reschedule this session.  92Y has already contacted anyone that was already registered for the event.  Please stay tuned to the blog for details on the rescheduled date.   In the meantime, you might enjoy watching the 2014 Conference Roundtable, in which Bill was a participant.

With the hustle and bustle of the conference finished, I was able to sit down and edit the amazing lecture that Heidi McKenzie presented to a packed room on Thursday morning in Providence.  This session was so popular that we scrambled to make the audio available online, and had it up, unedited, about 4 hours later, but the raw audio file is only part of the presentation.  And as I sat […]

Welcome home NCECA friends!   I hope you are all re-adjusting to your regular non-NCECA week schedules.  My first week back from NCECA has been filled with a lot of conference wrap up including jotting down notes about things to improve systems for next year, receiving and responding to a ton of emails (with more still to do), writing the NCECA survey, and making plans for what to do with […]

The next NCECA/92Y Virtual Clay Lecture with Bill Strickland begins at 7 p.m., eastern on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Keep the clay dialog going… Click here to learn more and register today* NCECA members can use the code NCECA92Y for a 20% discount. Participation requires free download and installation of Fuze software. ** Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild reflects on his personal journey in ceramics and the enterprise […]

On Saturday Morning, following Jack Troy’s closing lecture, the member’s meeting reconvened.  Programs Director, Steve Hilton, presented several recognitions and awards, including awards for the National Student Juried Exhibition, graduate and undergraduate fellowships and our cups of merit awards.  Additionally, we took a moment to say goodbye to several NCECA board members, including our Providence Onsites, Jay Lacouture and Larry Bush, one of our Directors-at-Large, Garth Johnson, and our Programs Director, […]

In his article, Finding One’s Wheel, which appears on page 27-28 of the 2015 NCECA Journal, Roberto Lugo described himself as a “potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet and educator.”   I believe I would add “inspiration,” “mentor” and “ceramics rockstar” to that list.  Additionally, he wrote:  I have a dream where I can change the world by making pots, showing others how to make pots, and by bringing those very […]

As I sit in room 553, eating my first actual lunch this week and waiting for the open board meeting to begin, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  I’m also enjoying/lamenting the snow falling outside.  Saying goodbye to the NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping on the plane.  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing a full year of hard work […]