One thing that art school teaches you is how to look at a piece of art. It seems simple and redundant but is essential for trying to understand it. And the rules of the Universe suggest that wisdom can be found in unexpected places. While binging on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, I happened upon this morsel of wisdom again. Russell Chatham, incredible Montana landscape painter, reminded me to engage a […]

In May 2015, more than 2/3-majority of NCECA’s Board of Directors voted to amend the organization’s bylaws. Because these bylaws affect the way that some members of the board are determined, these amendments must now come before NCECA’s membership for a vote. These amendments concern how officers (only) are engaged for board service. Currently, the board chooses the President-Elect after the membership puts forth candidates to the nominating committee. In […]

In retrospect, the sudden orchestra of lightening that traversed the sky from Lawrence to Kansas City last Thursday evening was certain to hold an important lesson. The beauty, suddenness and power of the storm were a reminder that we cohabit a world filled with forces larger and more unknowable than our awareness. Earlier that evening, your NCECA Board was sharing time with old and new friends gathered at he Lawrence […]

Your NCECA board of directors has been onsite in Kansas City this whole week working very hard on a number of things.  We passed a budget, discussed policy, and planned many of the events of the 2016 Conference, Makers, Mentors & Milestones.   The reports of all the board members as well as the minutes of the meetings will be up on the NCECA website soon, for those of you who […]

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NCECA members have been begging for this for years.                            Why?                                              Why NCECA???? WHY WON’T YOU RELEASE *THIS AMAZING FOOTAGE*???? Lean in closely…I’ll tell you why.    shhhhhh  it’s a secret…   …we thought we had […]

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This global history of earthenware is based on the travel accounts of explorers in West and Central Africa, Mesoamerica, and the Iberian Peninsula. The central figures are the artisans who made, merchants who hawked, and the cooks who served meals made in clay pots. Clay pots had been essential items in the kitchen and on the table with cooks using earthen vessels to make one-pot meals such as puddings, stews, […]

With great thanks to Brian Kohl, (NCECA Communications Director 2009-2013), NCECA is pleased to release the complete VIDEO of Malcolm Davis’s closing lecture from the 2010 Conference in Philadelphia.  I was absolutely mesmerized by this amazing speech in person, then again as I edited the audio for the podcast 5 years ago, and now, seeing the video really brought a tear to my eye.  I hope you enjoy Malcolm as much […]

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Social Media. Intimidating, I know. Today I’m going to talk about those things you’ve been seeing around, possibly using- hashtags. Aka the pound sign with a word after it. #hashtag  What? – Hashtags collect what is called “metadata” (data about data- it summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier). Basically, hashtags create easily searchable key words or phrases within posts […]

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Happy Saturday!  Today I’m going to tell you about what I think is one of the most underutilized tools in the ceramics networking game…. (may I get a drumroll here please?) The NCECA directory….a completely indexed, searchable, cornucopia of connections, just waiting to be accessed.  I just sent an NCECA-relataed email to 6 people.  I only had ONE  of the needed email addresses in my contacts file.   I was resourceful […]

In her article on pages 26-27 of the NCECA journal, Rachel K. Garceau describers herself as a wheel-thrower, a mold maker, a slip caster, a printmaker and a storyteller.  Her work is clearly the synthesis of these many identities and their unique principles and skill sets.  She wrote: Through all of these processes, I am continually on a path of discovery.  And each day I arrive in the studio, it […]

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Let’s be honest, getting to the annual NCECA conference costs money, as do any kind of professional development opportunities. Many of us budget for it every year, others apply for grants and scholarships, some are fortunate enough to be sponsored by work or schools. A lot of attendees have been holding fundraising efforts, both as groups and individuals. I’ve seen these range from selling pots on Facebook and Etsy to Kickstarter campaigns […]

NCECA Members the time is upon you!   Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share in the spotlight of our 50th anniversary conference!  As a member, become part of the quest to celebrate, explore, expound, validate, and connect our clay community. What do you want to see and learn about?  What knowledge and expertise can you share? Do you have ideas of artists to reach out to, to be a part […]

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Transitions: In previous years, NCECA included a call for programming in the (often misunderstood) category titled “New Works.”  The NCECA board realized both that name and the description of the category needed to change.  We are pleased to announce that this important thread of programming has evolved to reflect its underlying theme & spirit. This is a venue to show not what you happen to be making that is fresh from the kiln, but fresh from your brain. Departures, new […]

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I’ve been spending the last week compiling all of the results of the survey into a complete report.  If I didn’t say so already, THANK YOU to the 1200 people that filled out the survey!  This takes some time, so please be patient, and know that will be sharing all of the objective data and much of the comments and ideas that were brought up right here on the blog. […]