It’s hard to overstate the importance of Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections when it comes to NCECA’s programming. You’ve probably attended one of these sessions, and you might not even know it. For the uninitiated, Topical Discussions are an opportunity for members to put on small, informal seminars about things they are passionate about.  Thursday afternoon, from 5:15-6:15 on, you have the opportunity to participate in any one of these […]

If you’ve been to an NCECA conference before, you already know the allure of the Resource Hall.  If you haven’t been, you’ll soon find out.  That room seems to be the source of a temporal anomaly, because hours pass like minutes and before you know it, you hear the announcement telling you it’s 5:00 and the Resource Hall is closing. Situated around the frenzy that is created by the commercial […]

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With a history dating back to 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection includes nearly 25,000 works from antiquity to the present, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, video art and installations, and textiles. The Museum’s collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionist prints and paintings, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960 are among the nation’s finest.  Additionally, Milwaukee Art Museum will host the NCECA show, Flow. […]

Like Zach Morris in the 90s Television Series Saved by the Bell, I’m going to break character for a moment and speak personally….this is absolutely the number 1 presentation on my list for this conference.  I’ve been excited about this one since the board gathered to review all the programming proposals last May….A panel of giants in the clay world of social media…all with great personalities and beautiful work to […]

After a lovely evening of gallery openings on Thursday evening, you can get your groove on from 9:30pm – 1:00am in the Regency Ballroom A-B at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.  If you play a musical instrument, or would like to listen to some great music, join this informal gathering of musicians playing improvised/unrehearsed music.  Last year, our conference blogger, Duncan Blount, wrote of the potter’s jam: I danced pretty hardcore at […]

Plenty, a collaborate exhibition by Allison Rose Craver and Katie Coughlin, will be on view at Heather Cooke Elliot, located in Suite 302 of the Marshall building,  for the duration of the NCECA conference. The exhibit includes a new collaborative work  that celebrates the role of tableware in the development of memory and ritual as well as a selection of works made independently by each artist. Though Allison is primarily a […]

Several years ago, the NCECA board began asking the membership how we, as an organization, should commemorate our 50th anniversary.  Subsequently, for the last two years, we have had multiple task forces exploring and developing the most popular ideas.  One of the projects in development a video project, which has taken the form of a series of sequential videos unfolding the marvelous story of our organization. Last year during the […]

Student Perspectives is a thread of programming led entirely by students.  With topics ranging from the technical to the cultural, this is a chance to meet students with similar interests.  Do not be shy about approaching the presenters after their talks!  There are 14 of these fabulous student sessions, all in Room 102 A-C Thursday 9-10am  Obvara Firing Technique: The History, Revival and Contemporary Development of an Ancient Eastern European Firing […]

Since 1906, the Marshall Building has been a catalyst in transforming Milwaukee’s  Historic Third Ward neighborhood. George Ferry and Alfred Clas were the masterminds behind the Marshall Building. The box-like shape and arched pavilions were common features of many warehouses at that time, yet the way it was constructed was groundbreaking. The pair also helped erect such esteemed structures as the Pabst Mansion, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist tower, […]

“We are potters at war against water borne disease” Ron Rivera My presentation is designed to give information about the Heb (water Jar) makers of Iraq and to document their practices and clay working techniques.  The organization, POTTERS WATER ACTION GROUP, advocates the silver enhanced ceramic water filter. Since my introduction to the life saving filter in Nicaragua in 1999, It has been my mission to promote its manufacture and […]

The very idea of NCECA was spawn from a notion that Ted Randall brought to the a subcommittee of The American Ceramic Society in the early 1960s to, “set up a forum for the immediate face to face exchange of thoughts and feelings about ceramic teaching and making.”  This idea of Ted’s has served as a guiding principle for our organization. He wrote the original charter and by laws for […]

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NCECA is pleased to introduce you to this year’s six Emerging Artists!  Zimra Beiner, Renee Brown, Mel Griffin, Lauren Mabry, David Peters and Adam Shiverdecker have been selected amongst almost 90 applicants for our 2014 Emerging Artists Program.  This year’s selection committee included Josh DeWeese, Jeanne Quinn and Sam Chung.  There was stiff competition in narrowing this group down to only six artists, but the selection committee has picked an […]

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In its fifth year as a national competition and exhibition, the 2014 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is the largest in number of works presented, exhibiting 59 works by 57 artists from across the USA. Juried by Tara Wilson and Jeffrey Mongrain, the NSJE showcases authentic and relevant art created by the emerging talent in the academic ceramics scene.  Expressive, experimental […]

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 The Chipstone Foundation, or Chipstone for short, sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the town of Fox Point, just a few miles north of the city of Milwaukee. Driving by one might not realize that the colonial revival house is a limited access museum and home to an exemplary collection of decorative arts objects that include, among other things, colonial American furniture, as well as 17th and […]

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