Where do you currently live/work Marlboro, VT What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I get to meet new people and live in a constant existence of learning and teaching. Where did you grow up? Philadelphia, PA What was your childhood nickname? Robske How did you first find out about NCECA? As an Undergraduate at the Kansas City Art […]

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“Moderator Adam Field talks with the 2015 Emerging Artists about their professional development and the difficulty of maintaining an authentic voice in a vast ocean of social media. The discussion includes Rachel Garceau, Andrew Casto, Kelly O’Briant, Roberto Lugo and Joanna Powell. The discussion was recorded at the 2015 NCECA conference in Providence, RI. You can listen & download it directly right here, or head over to iTunes and subscribe now to get […]

As Paul Sacaridiz so deftly explained in his introduction, this conversation, Pass the Peas, Food Objects and the Making of Community, stemmed out of a project NCECA began in 2014 in Milwaukee, the idea of developing a curated roundtable discussion.  The impetus for this came from thinking about the way in which NCECA brings in a keynote, who sets the tone for the conference, sets out a series of ideas that we […]

We are now roughly 5 months from the opening of our 50th anniversary conference.  As everyone’s excitement builds, our valiant Programs Director, Mary Cloonan, will begin to bring you insights and information into this year’s programming.  “Mondays with Mary” will begin next week.  Be sure to check the blog regularly to get all the insider information. For those who are new to NCECA, the Simultaneous Demonstrations which run on 9-12 and 1-4 on both […]

“If Willie Wonka is known for his chocolate factory, then Christopher Elbow has created a chocolate paradise. Elbow’s upscale confections have been described as “works of art” and Consumer Reports magazine ranked it among the best-tasting chocolate in the nation.” -KCTV5 News Anchor, Brad Stephens But not only is Elbow’s choclate some of the best-tasting, it’s also the best-looking, and for a group of artists, this is ideal chocolate.  His chocolates are tiny edible […]

Where do you currently live/work? Portland, Oregon/Oregon College of Art and Craft What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I love that I work in a small supportive community of creative and interesting people on a bucolic wooded campus that feels like adult art camp! Where did you grow up? Rural Southeastern Ohio What was your childhood nickname? I […]

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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 […]

Join 92Y, NCECA and Karen Atkinson at 7pm EDT, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 online as we launch the new season of Virtual Clay lectures. Artist, curator, teacher and generator of important and accessible resources for other artists, Atkinson’s Getting Your Sh*t Together and gyst-ink.com include software, a website and training experiences that incorporate a wide range of tools and practices to help you determine your creative career on your own terms. Whether […]

Where do you currently live/work?  Honolulu, Hawaii What do you like most about where you live? Even though everyone gets excited and sometimes jealous when they hear that I’m in grad school in Hawaii, the truth is that like any grad program, I am inside the art building all day, every day. I can’t remember the last time I went to the beach.  One whole semester I barely saw the […]

Yes, that’s right, earlier than ever before (i think)!  You can now register for what will certainly be one of the most legendary events in ceramic history, at the lowest price there will be.  A full conference pass is under $200 for members, and even less for students and transitional members!  That’s a lower cost than most 2 day workshops, and the value is almost immeasurable!  Demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, shows, networking, […]

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Last week, Simon Levin shared news of Grinnell College’s intention to forgo the replacement of a retiring ceramics professor.  It was a dark day, and one all too familiar, as many of us have seen this before.   What hasn’t happened before is the full onslaught of the ceramics community gathering behind Simon’s one voice and creating a chorus so loud we could not be ignored.  Consider this a HUGE THANK YOU to all of […]

Several years back, NCECA provided a dark room with seating and a projector known as the International Slide Room. It was a space where NCECA’s international members could gather and make brief, somewhat informal image presentations related to ceramics outside of the United States. Some international members of NCECA have expressed missing that opportunity as a place where unexpected connections and discoveries occurred. This year in Kansas City, NCECA is launching blinc, a new programming concept, which you can […]

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A couple of days ago I found out that my college, Grinnell College has no plans to continue its ceramics program after this fall. The part time faculty member who taught there for 28 years is retiring.  Believing in the liberating, empowering, foundational importance of clay in education I sent a short note to the chair of the Art and Art History department, Matt Kluber, and to the Dean of the […]

Joel B. Smith, 52, passed away on September 17, 2015, in Kinston, NC. His death was unexpected, but his life was a full one. A computer professional in his work, he also excelled at many hobbies as a potter, disc golfer, gardener, photographer, and so much more. He was generous in giving his time and talents to many, providing computer assistance to non-profits, serving as a board member of the […]

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