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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Once known as the “Eulogies”, the annual Past Masters session at this year’s NCECA conference is an opportunity to gather together in memoriam and also to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. Please join us on Thursday, March 17th, 4:45-5:45pm in the Grand Ballroom 2501 A (Level 2) to honor and celebrate the lives of NCECA members and significant figures in our field who have passed away since our 2015 […]

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Usually my “Inside NCECA” column comes out on Saturday, but I just couldn’t wait until then to tell you all about this year’s NCECA App.  Filled with information about programming, presenters, exhibitions, KC restaurants & hotspots, maps, bus tours, important dates, plus opportunities to connect year round, the NCECA App just gets better each year.  Here’s a helpful video on the basics and some of the personalized features of the […]

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Kansas City!  Are you looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective? Mentors from all over the country are ready to review your portfolio at the Student Critique Room. I am especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country. The Student Critique […]

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Don’t miss this new event…. As a vehicle to allow many members to share their work or projects with the masses, we are adopting the Pecha Kucha style format for the conference. Blinc 20/20 is twenty slides that advance every twenty seconds. So these descriptions will be just as succinct. This BRAND NEW conference programming format will be an exciting way to hear and see information on a HUGE variety […]

If you’re staying downtown or at any of the conference hotels, the Power and Light  district  provides convenient places to eat, drink, and connect with friends due to its close proximity.  Only a couple of blocks from the convention center, this district offers a WIDE variety of retail & restaurants.  Although some of the restaurants are national or regional chains, the offerings here represent a variety of ethnicities and styles of food […]

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If this is your first NCECA, (or even if it’s not), everything can be a little overwhelming.  So we put together a few tools to help you make the most of your conference experience.  First, take a look at the video below, which goes over basically the whole conference experience, then, be sure to check out the handy list of links to previous blog articles which can give you more […]

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Ceramics is more than just a few hundred famous artists or those who teach it in the US. Ceramics are independent artists—successful and struggling; Instructors and students; young and old; working in many disciplines. Ceramic artists use an infinite number of fabrication, firing and finishing methods.  For this momentous conference, I teamed up with celebrated artist and dedicated instructor, Alex Kraft to put together 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution […]

Over the past several weeks we have been working through all of the images, text and stories submitted by NCECA members for the Across the Table, Across the Land exhibition.   While there are several “large” projects included in the exhibition, there are many projects that may typically go unseen or unheard of simply because they were made to connect with individuals and not for a broader audience. The wonderful thing […]

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RISE: Emerging Graduate Ceramics highlights the up and coming talent from the Fort Hays State University graduate ceramics program, including 9 artists. This diverse group of makers exemplifies fine craft, celebrates traditional practice, and contributes to the field through both concept and process driven work. This vast array of styles makes RISE a true showcase of the ceramic work being made by young artists. RISE is hosted by The Red […]

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NCECA’s 2016 roundtable discussion, Fueling the Imagination: How We Talk/Work/Play Across Our Differences, brings together moderator, Ben Carter with John Borstel, Andrea Gill, Simone Leigh, and Hideo Mabuchi for a conversation about the roles of mindfulness and language in generating of communities of practice. In “Fueling the Imagination” an essay from Liz Lerman’s Hiking the Horizontal, she recounts a conversation with Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Wieschaus. Wondering about how the […]

Does looking at all of the awe-inspiring pottery, sculpture, and installation art at NCECA just make your hands crave the touch of clay? If so, one exhibition you shouldn’t miss this year is Projects Space! This year’s artists will all be working with wet clay, and two of the projects are interactive. If you need to get dirty, we’ve got you covered. If you aren’t familiar with Projects Space, it […]

Rabbit hole, am I right? Creating a static online resource page for anything is an impossibility. It would need to be updataed daily.  Instead, we have put together this “list of the moment”, You can check out the first part here and watch for more in the future!   Feel free to leave suggestions for sites to be included in part 3 in the comments below! Publications: American Craft American Craft Council Magazine,dedicated to […]

If you twisted my arm and made me choose, I would probably say that my high school English teacher is the person who taught me critical thinking skills.  Our standard homework assignment was to come up with discussion questions for what we’d read the night before, and she would collect them all to read aloud at the beginning of each class.  She defined “good” questions as those which could not […]

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