NCECA 2015 Emerging Artist, Rachel Garceau is teaching a workshop on mold making and slip casting hosted by the Texas Tech University Ceramics Department! On Thursday September 16, 2015 the Ceramics Department at TTU, with Rachel’s generous consent, will be streaming the demonstrations live from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm central time. There is no cost to attend and all are encouraged to share the information with their friends and […]

STUDENTS – What can you share about your work, your process, or your research in just 7 minutes? Student led presentations are now a regular feature of the annual NCECA conference program. Some years prior to today’s increased level of student presentation involvement, NCECA provided a dark room with seating and a projector known as the Student Slide Forum. It was a space where a few brave students made brief, […]

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Welcome, NCECA Blog readers, to what I am certain is going to become one of MY favourite regular columns here on the NCECA blog.  I was recently inspired by the Kansas City Ballet Company’s blog, on which I read articles about some of my favourite dancers.  I enjoyed getting to know more about them, so I thought maybe some of you might like to know a bit more about your NCECA […]

In 2012 I had my first child. I was thrilled to welcome this new person into our home and life. The summer months with her gave me small snippets of time to work in the studio. Nursing a tiny baby gave me countless hours of quiet, solitary, thinking and dreaming. When my daughter was 5 months old my husband had a nasty bike accident that left him with a broken […]

We kick off blogging about Project Submissions to Across the Table, Across the Land with a project led by Macy Dorf, who lives in Denver, Colorado.   Macy has had a studio/gallery for over thirty years in the same neighborhood. The building houses a number of groups, and is part of an urban renewal project. Macy’s project submission via the Across the Table webapp ) shared how he connects three disparate […]

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Calling all Cyclists!  As you start to think about travel plans for the 2016 conference in Kansas City, please try to include Tuesday in your trip.  We are planning a group ride in memory of Glenda Taylor.  This ride was something that Glenda and I had spoken about for the last couple of years as plans for Kansas City were only beginning to form.  She was absolutely committed to making […]

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Periodically during the fall we will be issuing challenges in the form of assignments to inspire immediate ways to get involved with the Across the Table, Across the Land project. Please refer to the NCECA Across the Table, Across the Land site at and click on “Field Guide” for more information. First Fall Challenge: Opportunity: Clay Could Make This Better Opportunities to move hand-crafted ceramic objects into the world […]

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The nominations for NCECA Honors and Awardees always seem to fall right around the time that the Emmy’s recognize excellence in the television industry. I have a close relationship with someone that’s been trying to get me to go for years but I always decline because the NCECA Honors and Awards ceremony is my own personal “CerEmmy” experience and there is no award ceremony that can match it. There is […]

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Yesterday we heard from NCECA’s Past President, Patsy Cox on the open board positions that we will need to fill at the next conference.  However, you may be wondering about that open Treasurer Seat….will it be appointed or elected?  We did just have a big ballot measure to determine the fate of the NCECA Treasurer and the NCECA Secretary positions.  But some of you may have noticed that we have not […]

              Over the years some amazing individuals have come forward to serve NCECA. We’ve been incredibly fortunate that our tables have been set by such intelligent and caring advocates who have worked diligently to create the experiences we share each year. We’re in need of a few great folks to join the NCECA board to continue to advance our mission and goals. The NCECA volunteer board members come straight […]

Where there is wonder, there is a way… The National Toy and Miniature Museum (T/m) on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City has just reopened to great acclaim following an 18-month, $8 million renovation. With more than 72,000 objects in its holdings, the T/m Museum is a microcosm of our world in the truest sense. It’s a place to marvel at fine-scale miniatures ranging from 1:12 to a […]

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Now online: One of the most popular topics from the 2015 conference!  Few things are as important to a potter as their hands.  Check out Branfman’s article on pages 101-103 of the 2015 Journal, and view his session below.  NCECA would like to thank Allison Zimmer Guiliotis for her video editing work on this session! As you manipulate mud on the wheel your hands sense and send signals to your brain. […]

As the 2014 NCECA conference started in Milwaukee, the news of Don Reitz’s passing on March 19 at his home in Clarkdale, Arizona, sent rippling shock waves throughout the audience and beyond.  He was 84 and throughout his six-decade career, he continued to push his artistic vision, inspiring generations of ceramic practitioners.  Don was a modern day folk legend and larger-than-life.  As a master ceramist, Don Reitz produced new and […]

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In the world of money, which is of interest when we need it, there are three reports that result from the process of gathering all the receipts, numbers, checks, cash, electronic images, paper, paper, paper…..  They are the Balance Sheet, Income Statement (or Statement of Profit and Loss), and Cash Flow Statement.  I mention the end results first as that is how I feel we create.  We see the results […]

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