This vase and two bowls were made by James Davis, and are on display in the Marks of Fire show at the Central Library, within easy walking distance of the Wisconsin Center. I saw so many great pieces of ceramics today. There is no way to show you even a survey of the work. One of the best gallery stops that I made was to the Marshall building. I spent […]

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What a blur! The first day at NCECA was a blast. I spent a major part of the day in and around the vendor hall. I sat at the SIUC table for the afternoon, and spent the morning watching Expo Artist Talks at a number of the galleries in the expo. hall. My favorite presentations were by Susan Filley and Danny Meisinger, of Spinning Earth Pottery. All the galleries were […]

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This year the Green Task Force will be back in the Resource Hall at booth space #137, Look for the NCECA GTF Banner.  We have several special guests that will be in and out of the booth during the course of the conference.  I want to give a huge thank you to all of the people that are contributing to the booth this year and are really making the GTF […]

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One of the highlights of the conference for me is the NCECA Gallery Expo, especially the Tuesday night Expo Reception.  I was first “born into NCECA” as a commercial exhibitor, spending my days in the Resource Hall, which never left much time for seeing Art.  I remember first seeing the Expo at the Louisville NCECA, and it was a beautiful sight to behold from my booth in the Big Convention […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!

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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 […]

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