The initial and easy assessment of Zimra Beiner the person? Mind you, “easy” means from a distance. Watching someone who is naturally engulfed in observing his world and is not particularly concerned with how the world is observing him will leave one with an impression revealing more about one’s own peccadillos than the reality of who Beiner is and what actually motivates his studio practice. So what is really going […]

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Check out 10 more of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary, selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image for details. BEN CARTER Ben […]

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Feast your eyes on 10 of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary.  Selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image to go directly […]

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The best part about NCECA, for me as a first-time attender, was not all the ceramic work, people, and presentations that I knew I would see. All of those things were good. But the best part was the surprises.  Most of those surprises came to me while looking through the many exhibitions. I often found myself thinking, “This is a great. I can’t believe that I love this.” The question that […]

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Theaster Gates entered into my consciousness on November 20, 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. His presentation, “Time is Longer Than the Rope” was a startlingly brief 20-minute performance. Gates delivered a powerful multi-layered message complete with inferences to I-ching, ‘the hoodoo of the postmodern’ and offered up alternative ways to engage African art with the western (read white) canon of art. The audience was primarily composed […]

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A few weeks ago, we announced our  “Set the Table with Plates for NCECA’s 50th” Fundraiser.  However, in the midst of the pre-conference excitement, we realize some of our members may have missed this announcement: Simon Levin has selected fifty fabulous folk to provide plates precisely for the purpose of fiftieth anniversary fundraising. Do not fret, for the plates have just been made available for sale today, so you have […]

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There was a time when I wanted to be just like Don when I grew up. When I did grow up I found it took too much to just keep up. The first time I met Don I was teaching in Texas and had driven up to Alfred to pick up a wheel on my way to visit family. I remember I was standing in the middle room talking to […]

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The 2014 Conference Survey is HERE!  Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.  Responses from past surveys HAS influenced board decisions and led to the improvements in the process room, lower bus ticket prices and much more. Click here to take survey

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The Theme for the 49th Annual NCECA Conference in Providence is Lively Experiments (if you didn’t catch the exciting preview, check the video below).  So now, we want to know, what’s YOURS?  We all have something to say, why don’t you share it with us and your peers by submitting a proposal for next year’s conference programming!  Although it seems like a long way away, having just met in Milwaukee, […]

The annual conference for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts descended upon Milwaukee last Tuesday and stayed through Saturday afternoon. In those few days, over 4,000 people came to the talks, demonstrations, and exhibits in the Wisconsin Center. The Milwaukee Art Museum alongside numerous galleries in the 3rd Ward hosted concurrent independent exhibitions, showing ceramic based work from local, national, and international artists. Potters, sculptors, collectors and clay enthusiast mixed […]

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NCECA is anxious to start getting conference content up online, but we need your help!  Our resources are, sadly, somewhat limited, so we must prioritize the sessions.  The best way you can tell us what you want to see online first is to use the NCECA App to provide feedback.  Within the app, for every session, you can identify that you attended and you can give it a rating of […]

If you missed the final business meeting after Cynthia Bringle’s incredible closing lecture, then you may not be aware of the new leadership in our organization.  Please take a moment to wish a fond farewell to all of our outgoing board members: and then extend a warm welcome to our new members: We look forward to adding their voices to our own little choir.  Thanks also, to everyone who voted […]

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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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