Over the past three years, you have may have contributed to NCECA’s rising conference registration numbers or visited the more than 100 exhibitions surrounding the conference expanding awareness of thousands of artists working in clay. Through and beyond each year’s conference, NCECA advances research and creates connections with people to ignite conversations about clay, teaching, and learning.
Through residency opportunities, fellowships, mentorship, and volunteer experiences NCECA connects artists to one another and to the communities and experiences that support their continued growth. From our beginnings at early convenings that drew in around 500 people, primarily university professors, to recent conferences hosting more than 6,000 lovers of clay, NCECA’s community has changed and expanded. We include professional and aspiring potters; museum staff, arts writers and scholars, collectors, and gallery owners; educators and students at every level; community arts centers and cooperative studios with resident and teaching artists; manufacturers, distributors, and publishers; and, now more frequently, family members of these varied constituents. NCECA has evolved as a leader in the ceramic art movement. Since 2015, NCECA has made participation in a first conference more accessible to artists of underrepresented communities through Multicultural Fellowships that support conference registration and membership, as well as costs associated with travel and lodging.
Please consider being an advocate for clay, creation, and connection through a gift to NCECA’s annual campaign by clicking DONATE NOW. Every amount counts towards NCECA’s annual fundraising goal. Even a very modest donation can support a day-pass scholarship for a high school student or educator in the conference region. We know a lot of organizations are competing for your attention this time of year. Dollars we raise as part of our annual campaign directly support NCECA’s operations including programming for youth, and direct support to artists and other conference presenters. We don’t think we could possibly communicate our impact better than 2015 NCECA Multicultural Fellowship recipient Yinka Orafidiya when she shares, “The NCECA conference has given me opportunities to be in the right place at the right time and participate in thoughtful conversations.”
NCECA’s leadership includes dedicated volunteers who advocate for the interests of those working in the field as artists, educators, students, and organizational and business leaders. Ceramic art today is an increasingly diverse platform of creative expression, with deep connections to craft, fine art, and the educational communities that contribute to their sustainability. We seek to acknowledge these contexts with our choice of artists, programs, venues, and community partners. Histories of place and dedication to material and tactile knowledge ground NCECA’s mission and mandate. We invite you to learn more about Yinka’s story here.
In 2019, NCECA returns to Minneapolis, Minnesota for Claytopia, our 53rd annual conference. We hope you will join us to explore and learn from a region that has contributed so significantly to ceramic art’s creative possibilities and influences over the past half century.
Apply to be Director-at-Large!
Russell Wrankle reflects on his experience…..
“At the time of applying to the board, I was on a steep professional learning curve. I was just getting comfortable with teaching and taking some risks in the classroom, I was learning the politics of academia and doing a lot of fundraising. It was a real growth time for me. So I thought I should pile on the discomfort and apply to the Board. My first NCECA was Minneapolis and I’ve been to many since. More than anything, it’s the relationships that I have developed over the years by attending NCECA that are the most meaningful. And the relationships are amplified as a board member. Working closely with the board I have learned so much about the inner working of NCECA and how much thought, consideration, and effort goes into making the organization one that serves a diverse population. The board cares deeply about NCECA and it’s nice that I could be a part of a board who actively put the organization above personal ego.
And as the DAL (Director-At-Large) over the Gallery Expo, I have had the opportunity to get to know the gallerists and their artists. The Expo has the potential to be overly competitive since there’s money involved, but everyone is so generous with each other. My view is that all boats rise with the tide and I’d say that the galleries agree. Many of these relationships with the galleries will last me a lifetime. I’m honored to know people that operate with such integrity. Maybe I have blinders on, but I truly believe most folks involved with NCECA have the greater good in mind. And I’m glad to be part of it.
One other thing, the collective intelligence of the board is awe inspiring. It’s been a challenge to keep up. Talk about discomfort, I’ve never been more pleasantly uncomfortable in my life. I’m glad to be going off the board, but I will also miss the hell out of it.”
For more information about the Director-at-Large positions visit the NCECA website Board Nominations Page
Deadline to apply, October 10. Questions about Board Nominations? please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finish up those applications for the 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist!
“Applying for the NCECA emerging artist was such a spur of the moment decision for me. Not something I ever thought I would apply for, but was encourage by some amazing potters and makers. So I tossed my hat in, got my application in within a few days of the deadline! It was a wonderful experience and really challenged me in new ways (public speaking) and gave me opportunities I wasn’t even aware of! So I encourage everybody, especially folks working in functional work to apply, you may not think you are ready but why not practice applying and get some professional feedback!! And you never know!!” – Sunshine Cobb
NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics.
Because the concept of emergence in the arts does not invariably correlate with a specific age, or other quantifiable terms, NCECA requires applicants to briefly describe why they perceive themselves to be at an emergent point in their careers and how they anticipate the award will impact the trajectory of their endeavors.
For more information – visit the NCECA website at: https://nceca.net/nceca-calls-and-exhibitions/emerging-artists/
The dealine is next week, so finish up those applications! Good Luck!
NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.
NCECA’s Emerging Artists program recognizes exceptional early career artists highlighting them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference and promoting them year round through the NCECA blog. blog.nceca.net. The awards include opportunities for increased exposure through exhibition and special events.
Matt Kelleher Emerging Artist from ten years ago, 2008 reflects…
“Looking back to the opportunity of NCECA Emerging Artist in 2008, I think of the scale. Presenting my work and ideas on such a large platform. It came at a perfect time for me as I was wrapping up a 3 year residency at Penland School of Crafts and heading out to set up my own studio and business. The event did not change my career over night, but was more of a recognition of how I had grown up to that point.”
The NCECA Emerging Artist program deadline is coming up!
October 3rd, 2018. Consider applying at 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist
Hello Teachers, Mentors and Artists,
The anticipation of NCECA is starting to close in around us. For some of us adept conference goer, we know the experience as a time to relax, scramble to get to everything, catch up with friends and see great art in a new city that openly welcomes our ceramics community to their front door. It’s like Christmas in March!
For some students, these feeling are secondary. Their great anticipation is the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a ceramic artist they wouldn’t normally have the capacity to formally talk to. This experience can change the life of a young ceramics artist still trying to find their voice.
Please consider participating: Student Critiques will happen on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th from 9am until 4:30pm in Room 310 at the David L. Lawrence Conference Center.
It’s easy to become an unforgettable presence in the life of a young student, and it only take a Half Hour.
–Click Here To Sign Up–
Please contact Student Director at Large (Brandon Schnur) For any questions or concerns: Brandonschnurnceca@gmail.com
Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon
Even as the pressures of the semester are winding down for most students and everyone gearing up for summer activities, I want to make sure that everyone is still keeping NCECA on their minds. Now is the time for thinking about how you want to shape your future and your ideas, NCECA wants to give you the opportunity to focus these ideas and share your thoughts and energy with everyone. As a community run organization, everyone is welcome to help form our content, and students play just as vital of a role as anyone else. Not quite sure exactly what Student Interests content is? Mary Cloonan, NCECA’s Programs Director, explains it in her “Apply Yourself!” post (Read the full article here): Apply Yourself!
As a graduate student I have had a lot of life experiences, both good and bad, and feel like I have a story to tell. I was in China when I when I applied for my first NCECA lecture, as I realized how important travel and studying abroad was for my art practice and myself. Why would I not want to share my experiences and my collection of ideas if I thought it could help other, or inspire new ideas?
This is the best opportunity for students to share themselves in a meaningful way, and all too often students don’t take advantage of this wonderful chance. Do you have a project, collaboration, or just an experience you want to share? Who better to tell the stories you want to hear at NCECA than you? The application deadline for Student Perspective program proposals is September 6th, 2017 for the 52nd Annual Conference CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Link to application:) Student Interests Programming Proposals.
Mark your calendars and I hope to hear your story in Pittsburgh.
-If you have any questions or concerns you can email either NCECA Student Director at Large, Naomi Clements or Myself: email@example.com
Graduate Student, West Virginia University
Student Director at Large 2017- 2019
Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon