How many times have you looked in the top of the raku kiln to see if the glaze is bubbling yet?  It seems to take forever! I know…. I have lost bangs and part of an eyebrow with my impatience! If you are familiar with an Income Statement, (aka Profit and Loss Statement, P&L, Statement of Earnings), then you have had the same feeling! You have worked and created and […]

You may be wondering what an image of waving flags has to do with NCECA Exhibitions.  Well, I’ll tell you, but first, you must promise to share this information…not just social media share (do that too), but actually TELL your friends…(or students)….in person…verbally. OK, so several years ago, exhibitions were marked with purple flags.  It made it clear to conference goers where the venues/shows were.  As time went by, flags went missing. […]

Where do you currently live/work? State College , Pa at Penn State University What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Working with students Where did you grow up? All over.  6 different places from Long Beach, California to Westfield, New Jersey. What was your childhood nickname? Stinger How did you first find out about NCECA? Went to Super Mud […]

Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]

In order to provide conference attendees more insight on the topics presented during NCECA Connections and Topical Discussions in its NEW WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TIME SLOT,    to submit blog posts that will allow us to read more about their ideas on what they will discuss at the 2015 NCECA Conference.  Today, learn more about the Social Media session, which will be led by Lisa Truax and the Public Art discussion to be led […]

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The Saturday after Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to talk about how very THANKFUL I am for NCECA.  I’m betting that if you are of the people taking the time to read this post, you are probably nodding your head in agreement.  For so many folks, the NCECA conference is their source of annual education, stimulation, ideation, and yes, also recreation.  Some of my closest friends are those that I see […]

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As we gather around tables across the country, our conversations with friends, family and loved ones are established around food-fueled fellowship. These conversations take place in many formats – potlucks, private dinners, big community events and quiet evenings together. Ceramic artists across the land make objects that serve as an accompaniment to these lively conversations, bringing another layer to rich traditions. But what do you do when your loved one […]

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Exploring the impact of place on the perception of art within the context of the Kansas City Museum, this exhibition showcases a group of contemporary ceramic artists whose works offer insight into the intersections between art, culture and daily life. Although diverse in their forming methods, working practices and artistic styles, Now & Then brings artists at all levels of their ceramic careers back together with their peers and mentors from CU […]

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The incomparable and always informative Pete Pinnell provides food for thought for potters who make pots for food. For too long the debate of craft vs art has stymied and stigmatized the handcrafted object. Pete is going to put that argument in a headlock, make it cry “uncle” and show how they are intertwined and functionality does not negate an object’s beauty, but enhances it. You can’t serve your Thanksgiving […]

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Think with me for a minute…..have you ever thought, or said, or heard someone say anything like man, the conference is so expensive!  NCECA must be rolling in dough!” it’s ok, you don’t have to tell me if you have thought or said that yourself.  But I’ve heard it, and I understand that it can be easy to think that when you’re forking over so much of your hard-earned (and let’s […]

Where do you currently live/work? Charm City- Baltimore, Maryland at Baltimore Clayworks and Towson University. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? As the Baltimore Clayworks’ Exhibitions Director, I love curating shows, putting together the best “Mix Tape” of artists, supporting the emerging and established craftspeople to inspire our students and collectors. It is also a lot of fun […]

In the 2015 NCECA Journal, Joanna wrote I find beauty in my embarrassment. I welcome the silly. Through the arrangement of objects, i set up a situation or narrative where the viewer can forget about an object’s function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter with its own intentions.  I want to encourage questions about what is happening with the objects and the narrative; being peculiar and unclear […]

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NCECA Topical Discussion have always played a substantial role in conference programming, from allowing participants to have a voice within the midst of discussion to meeting other members who have mutual interests, NCECA Topical Discussions and NCECA connections help to set the tone for advanced discussion and relationships that extend beyond the annual conference. This year Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections will play an especially important role in kicking off […]

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You’ve heard of Rachel Ray’s $40/day?  The key to what makes that work is having a budget ahead of time and sticking to it.  I’m not suggesting that you can do NCECA on $40/day, but you can take some time in advance to plan your expenses and know where you are spending your money.  I’m including a spreadsheet of some average costs for attending the conference.  You can tighten the […]