The first time I spoke to Gerit Grimm, I was a trembling mess. I was at the Jane Hartsook Gallery in NYC, and I went to the opening reception because, well, the artist would be there.  And in theory, I would speak to her.   I would speak to her, and we would somehow end up in a deep conversation, and through my garbled, tongue-tied stammers she would understand how […]

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Keep your eyes peeled as you head toward Providence!  You are definitely likely to see some other ceramics folks heading the same way.  I start looking for people I know when I get to the Kansas City Airport.  In 2012, I was heading out to Seattle, walked down the aisle of the plan and ended up sitting right next to Gary Bates, our show manager from George Fern (that’s the […]

The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation, Inc.  was originally created in support of quality K-12 ceramic education in the United States, by organizing resources to ensure the long-term survival of The Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition. The exhibition is a juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) students in the United States designed to showcase the best K-12 ceramic work made annually.  The exhibition takes place in conjunction […]

This week, I’m providing and index to all of the blog posts about Exhibitions in Providence.   If you missed it, I previously created an index for City information and one for Providence Programming.  So this kind of completes the set! The NCECA Biennial The NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition The NCECA Gallery Expo Projects Space POW Pots on Wheels Exhibitions Nearby Exhibition Shuttles The Pawtucket Armory Arts Center Dot Dot […]

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Earlier this week I sent out an email to all the first time attendees of NCECA that registered by the early bird deadline.  I let them know that I lead a session (Wednesday, 6pm in Ballroom B/C) especially for people attending their first NCECA conference.  My goal is to help folks better understand what happens at the conference so that they can make educated decisions and maximize their conference experience. I also […]

One thing we can all agree on about people who work with clay: they set a gorgeous table. Whether the cups, plates, and bowls are made by the host or other artists and potters, the presentation of food is usually accompanied by ceramic tableware. This is regardless of where the host’s own work is situated on the functional to conceptual spectrum. Eating together, sharing food and conversation – this is […]

For those of you who have been waiting, the 2015 NCECA App is now available!  Several of you have already noticed this,  downloaded it and started to enjoy it.  We’re very excited about what this year’s app has to offer and we think you will LOVE it.  So go to the iTunes App store or google play and download it now.  Then watch this app to learn about ALL the features, […]

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I am thrilled to introduce you to this year’s six NCECA Emerging Artists.  The artists that submitted work created an incredibly strong pool of talent.  The jurors deliberated over their applications. Ultimately, we selected artists that had found a very personal direction with their work and had achieved a technical conceptual voice that has the potential to add a significant contribution to the field.  Read on to get acquainted and enjoy […]

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Did you know that Peter Voulkos had a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, following his exhibit in the futuristic Ed Stone-designed USA Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958?  In those years Ceramics had made some headway as an accepted artistic medium.  Learn more about how ceramics is gaining wider acceptance in the art world.   Ken Price had early exhibits at top drawer […]

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As you look through conference programming, be sure to block out time for the 2015 roundtable discussion, Pass the Peas: Food, Objects and the Making of Community.   This will take place on Thursday morning, from 9-10:30am in ballroom D/E. The roundtable format was launched last year in Milwaukee, and is designed to bring together a diverse group of thinkers to be in conversation with our Keynote presenter. Essentially it is […]

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The easiest way to see shows is definitely to get on one of the tours or shuttles. BUT, for many folks and for a variety of reasons, this may not be an option. It can be a bit of a challenge to navigate an unfamiliar city, so try to find several others to share in the navigation and/or costs. I would suggest that folks wanting to venture out to see […]

 Listening to stories of David Peters I’ve often wondered where the boundary  is between ardent investigator and dogmatic zealot. For those standing  outside the circle of wood fire (of which I am one) it is easy to tick the box  marked “zealot” when stories of week-long firings, laborious reclamation  processes, hours on bended knees, and sleepless nights roll out with  seemingly obligatory cups of whiskey.  Too easy. Any earnest maker, […]

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I’ll be honest up front, this is a REALLY difficult article to write, because there are just SO many awesome people to know at NCECA, and I can’t even pick my favourites because they’re kind of ALL my favourites.  First, if you haven’t already done so, read my previous article about the NCECA Name Badge, because it’s going to be a great help in saving yourself from an embarrasing moment. […]

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Last week we provided an index to all the blog posts about this year’s programming.  But we don’t want you to miss any of the great posts we’ve had about the beautiful city of Providence either!  Use this index to help you discover the other places you want to see while you’re at NCECA! Restaurants Rogue Island G-Pub Providence Place Mall (Multiple restaurant options) Cindy’s “Best-of” Blog article on restaurants […]