Theaster Gates entered into my consciousness on November 20, 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. His presentation, “Time is Longer Than the Rope” was a startlingly brief 20-minute performance. Gates delivered a powerful multi-layered message complete with inferences to I-ching, ‘the hoodoo of the postmodern’ and offered up alternative ways to engage African art with the western (read white) canon of art. The audience was primarily composed […]

There was a time when I wanted to be just like Don when I grew up. When I did grow up I found it took too much to just keep up. The first time I met Don I was teaching in Texas and had driven up to Alfred to pick up a wheel on my way to visit family. I remember I was standing in the middle room talking to […]

If you missed the final business meeting after Cynthia Bringle’s incredible closing lecture, then you may not be aware of the new leadership in our organization.  Please take a moment to wish a fond farewell to all of our outgoing board members: and then extend a warm welcome to our new members: We look forward to adding their voices to our own little choir.  Thanks also, to everyone who voted […]

The very idea of NCECA was spawn from a notion that Ted Randall brought to the a subcommittee of The American Ceramic Society in the early 1960s to, “set up a forum for the immediate face to face exchange of thoughts and feelings about ceramic teaching and making.”  This idea of Ted’s has served as a guiding principle for our organization. He wrote the original charter and by laws for […]

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School, Life and NCECA Like many, I stumbled upon clay rather by accident. Freshmen year electives were all filled up and I was given a choice: ceramics or auto shop.  I can honestly say I wasn’t very interested in ceramics but it seemed like the least messy of the two (little did I know).  My teacher was Ken Knowles, a former production potter who was both patient and knowledgeable. I […]

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A Happy Accident, Clay and NCECA In 1956 I went off to the University of Southern California to study architecture. I needed one more elective. While standing in line to add the course, I asked the person in front of me for a suggestion. “Why not ceramics?” was the reply. The ceramic studio was humming with activity and my instructor was Susan Peterson. I was mesmerized by the potters wheel. […]

I first attended NCECA in Indianapolis in 2004. I was at the beginning of my ceramics studies at Michigan State University, and had only 2 years of ceramics under my belt. I had barely heard of NCECA, but I had heard it was THE place for those studying ceramics. I attended with a handful of other students that were in our Clay Club but I had no expectations beyond a […]

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NCECA.   As of three years ago, I had never even heard of NCECA; to me now, I can’t imagine it never existing in my world.   Okay, so I have only attended two NCECAs so far. Not that many, right? How could NCECA have affected me that much? It’s pretty remarkable how only a few short days immersed in this conference can impact you.   My first NCECA was […]

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