We are thrilled to share news of the extremely popular NCECA Gallery Expo, a featured element of the organization’s 50th annual conference, Mentors, Makers & Milestones, which takes place in Kansas City, at Bartle Hall. At NCECA’s Gallery Expo, you will find and be able to purchase exceptional finished ware from top galleries across the country. A public reception where you can even meet many of the artists will open […]

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Hello from Kansas City!  We are making our final preparations here and are excited to welcome around 6,000 clay lovers to Kansas City!!!!  It looks like we are going to be blessed with pretty good spring weather for the conference, so pack accordingly!  If you haven’t downloaded the NCECA App yet, what are you waiting for? • I strongly recommend that you vote in the NCECA Board Member Election before […]

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One of the highlights of NCECA is the distinguished lecture, which connects a prominent scholar or other critical voice with our audience.  For the past few years, the distinguished lecture has been graciously supported by the Chipstone Foundation, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that extends the boundaries of the decorative arts. Thanks to the Chipstone Foundation, this year’s distinguished lecturer is Jenni Sorkin, who is an assistant professor of art history at […]

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If you’ve been a clayer for a while (descriptive term, “clayer,” courtesy Louis Katz), you have likely heard of the Cone Box Show. An juried exhibition of miniature pots, which would be adjudicated from the actual pieces while still keeping shipping and handling costs down for artist entries. The question of size limitation was easily answered given that in the 70s, when the show originated, the Orton Standard Cone Box, […]

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It’s exciting to see how the NCECA conference evolves to meet the needs and desires of its attendees and the field of ceramics.  Premiering a new piece of programming is exhilarating but overwhelming too.  This year, NCECA has TWO brand new platforms to entertain and educate you.  In case you missed it last week the NCECA Blog shared information about Blinc 20:20.  This week, we’re telling you all about the new Clay FabLab, which […]

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I found myself holding my breath, eyes wide open, and honestly a bit choked up…completely overwhelmed by the experience of standing amongst about 50 pieces of ceramic art from legends…heroes….icons. Friday March 5th marked the opening of three blockbuster NCECA shows in one beautiful space.  The Leedy Voulkos Art Center is hosting NCECA’s National Student Juried Exhibition, Its Emerging Artists, and a very special, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “Shapers of the […]

Mostly, thus far, I have left it to our brilliant Programs Director, Mary Cloonan, and a few other folks to tell you about programming at the conference.  Today I’m going to “steal the mic” and share a few highlights of my own.  One of the beautiful things about our conference moving around across the country is the “local flavor” that each region brings into the mix.  This is always apparent in […]

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Tongue-in-cheek sculptures, contemplative video installations, gently pinched pouring vessels, and meticulously assembled baskets – frankly, the offerings from the student population at this year’s NSJE are as surprising as they are wide-ranging in scope.  330 students submitted 1000 images for consideration, and the jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers, contemplated every single image over three rounds of elimination.  They made a decision early on to jury blindly, insisting on excellence over balanced […]

There is nothing like seeing a beloved and revered individual from our membership receive recognition for their impact on our field. This years recipients: Stuart Kestenbaum and Nina Hole (posthumously) will be recognized as Honorary Members, Steve Hilton and Glenda Taylor (posthumously) as Fellows of the Council, Victor Babu for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Linda Lighton for Outstanding Achievement Bill (posthumously) and Anne Bracker and C Richard and Evelyn Craft Belger for the Regional Award of Excellence This awards ceremony will prove to be an absolute […]

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Westport is a small region crowded with trendy restaurants and boutiques, however historically it is the western port of Kansas City that was at one time an individual town. It displaced Independence, MO as the start of the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails for western expansion by 1850 with Kansas City. Now, instead of moving west, you can find vintage clothing at ReRuns, records at Mills Record Company, bubble tea at […]

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Located just 45 minutes away from the Kansas City Convention Center, Lawrence, KS is hosting 11 exhibitions. An excursion to Lawrence would make a great roadtrip to check out the Lawrence Art Center, Brackers Good Earth Clay and exhibitions at the University of Kansas. If you are traveling early for NCECA, Lawrence is holding a HUGE pre-conference event including wood-firing workshops with performance kilns at KU, a Ceramics Symposium at the […]

Greetings NCECA friends!  I have some amazing news.  Last week our advance registration closed at a record high of 4750.  Usually about 600-1000 people will register onsite.  This means close to 6,000 of us will be gathering together in Kansas City in just over a week.  Of course, with that many people, comes that many logistics concerns.  Last year in Providence, many popular presentations were packed, and some people couldn’t […]

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The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2016 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections. The selection committee, Jim Melchert, Eva Kwong, and Jane Shellenbarger had a difficult task of reviewing the applications from a diverse cross section of artists from the U.S. and abroad. We had very thoughtful […]

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Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild reflects on his personal journey in ceramics and the enterprise of social transformation. Beginning with the influence of an art teacher, Strickland will discuss how his work in clay led him to develop a center for youth arts, jazz and job training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that now serves as a model for programs in other communities. Through the National Center for Arts and […]

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