In his article, Finding One’s Wheel, which appears on page 27-28 of the 2015 NCECA Journal, Roberto Lugo described himself as a “potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet and educator.”   I believe I would add “inspiration,” “mentor” and “ceramics rockstar” to that list.  Additionally, he wrote:  I have a dream where I can change the world by making pots, showing others how to make pots, and by bringing those very […]

If you haven’t already watched the app video, you can view it here on youtube.  BUT, I held something back.  Did you notice?  I didn’t talk about the icon on the second page labeled “CLICK”  Did you look at it? It’s actually a really fun game that can also help you meet new people.  It’s basically a scavenger hunt.  Snap a pic and upload it directly to the click server. […]

Hi NCECA Friends! Thought it would be a great idea to share some vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants as per request of some Great Neck, NY friends!   Veggie Fun -123 Dorrance St – Lunch & Dinner – 10-15 walk, very close to Hampton Inn Veggie Fun specializes in vegetarian Asian food. Known for their amazing food, polite staff and fun atmosphere. Small space, good for groups of 4-6 people. […]

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Last week, NCECA Communications Director Cindy Bracker posted a brief overview of the current Board of Directors. As she pointed out, this group of dedicated volunteers, along with the NCECA staff, lends their talents to the oversight and execution of the many activities and programs of the Council. Each year elections to fill vacant Board seats coincide with the annual conference.  This year is no different, and we encourage NCECA […]

Last week, in this “Inside NCECA” series, I introduced you all to the NCECA Board and staff.  On Monday, you got to learn a little bit about some of the artists we will be honoring this year.   You can also get to know ALL of our presenters (including pictures of their lovely faces) within the conference section of the NCECA website, and keep an eye on the blog for future […]

If there’s one thing you’ll find at NCECA, it’s pottery!  Cups, bowls, mugs, and more!  As a conference attendee, you have several incredible opportunities to share your own work and build your own collection of work from other members!  To start off the fun, on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am until 5:00 pm, drop off your cup donations for the 23rd Annual Cup Sale! All donated cups will be considered for the […]

My name is Garth Johnson… and I have a problem with books. Specifically, buying and collecting them. Every year I come back from NCECA with a backbreaking load of books that I hadn’t previously heard about. Last year’s treasure was a fantastic Waylande Gregory catalog that was released by University of Richmond to document a 2013 exhibition of Gregory’s work. The research and writing was fantastic—along with archival photos documenting […]

As you may be aware, NCECA is nearing its 50th anniversary celebration in Kansas City in 2016. We have been able to alter the culture of giving within the organization with the help of training sessions through the Annenberg Foundation. Last year we exceeded a goal of $10,000 raised solely from 2014 NCECA board member financial donations, and we came darn close to that mark the year before. We have many […]

For many NCECA attendees, the workshops that happen before and after the conference are one of the most memorable parts of the experience.  Pre & Post-Conference events are not planned by NCECA, but rather extension offerings from the local artist community.  There are some really great experiences to be had this year in the Providence area, so consider coming early or staying late.  Many of these opportunities are still open!  Read […]

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) will award scholarships to six Rhode Island artists to attend the 49th Annual NCECA Conference in Providence, March 25-38. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premiere event for ceramic art, drawing thousands each year. […]

Join NCECA when the College Art Association returns to New York for its 103rd Annual Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown. Terracotta… the New Black: Clay Crosses Over takes place on Wednesday February 11 from 12:30-2:00 PM in the 3rd Floor West Ballroom of the Hilton. The session is free to the public and will include presentations and conversation with artists Nicole Cherubini, Francesca DiMattio, Lisa Sanditz and Adam Shiverdecker. NCECA […]

If you missed last week’s issue of “Inside NCECA”, you can read more about how Bus Tours work and learn all about the New Bedford Bus Tour here.  This week, I have TWO tours to share with you, Boston and Newport!  During our board meetings in Providence, I had the opportunity to go to both of these beautiful cities and see several of the spots on the tours.  Salve Regina […]

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back? The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU to help a budding student artist develop his or her potential! The student critique room will be open from 8:30am-4pm on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th in room 554A of the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.  Click here to see a list of time slots available. After […]

In 2014, NCECA keynote speaker Theaster Gates challenged NCECA’s conference attendees to cultivate greater diversity in the field through simple, direct and meaningful gestures of welcome. Many of our members took this challenge personally and put resources toward making this challenge a reality. NCECA is instituting a pilot program whose goal is to increase participation by individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in our conference and […]

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