The June 24th deadline for submitting proposals for Student Perspectives is right around the corner.  Have you ever thought about organizing a panel, presenting a new idea or intriguing hordes of NCECA members with your amazing ideas? Last year I navigated the application process for NCECA Student Perspectives and organized a panel discussion.  It was a rewarding experience that not only prepared me for applying to give presentations in the […]

Topical Discussions and NCECA connections are a substantial component to programming because it offers a participatory platform for voices to be heard and to surround conversations about subjects that are important to our membership. Have you felt there is a topic that you and your collegues engage in but is missing from the discourse of passed conferences? Then you can submit a proposal for a Topical Discussion or NCECA connections. […]

If you have been working on something in your studio that does not quite fit in a gallery setting or a theatre or in any traditional space at all, Project Space might be the right place for you. NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clay as medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work.  3-5 projects […]

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 […]

This is the quick and dirty portion of our conference. 30 minutes to share the best tip, technique or surface treatment with an adoring and packed room. This is not a demonstrating artist or workshop venue, but may hopefully lead to such opportunities in the artist’s future. The Process Room is about distilling your brilliance into a potent delivery. And then we repeat that awesomeness, 7-8 times in a day, […]

The next NCECA/92Y Virtual Clay Lecture with Bill Strickland begins at 7 p.m., eastern on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Keep the clay dialog going… Click here to learn more and register today* NCECA members can use the code NCECA92Y for a 20% discount. Participation requires free download and installation of Fuze software. ** Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild reflects on his personal journey in ceramics and the enterprise […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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