One thing that art school teaches you is how to look at a piece of art. It seems simple and redundant but is essential for trying to understand it. And the rules of the Universe suggest that wisdom can be found in unexpected places. While binging on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, I happened upon this morsel of wisdom again. Russell Chatham, incredible Montana landscape painter, reminded me to engage a […]

NCECA members have been begging for this for years.                            Why?                                              Why NCECA???? WHY WON’T YOU RELEASE *THIS AMAZING FOOTAGE*???? Lean in closely…I’ll tell you why.    shhhhhh  it’s a secret…   …we thought we had […]

THE WORLD’S LEADING CERAMICISTS RALLY FOR NEPAL Next week more than 80 artworks donated by acclaimed ceramic artists and potters around the world will go under the hammer in ‘Clay For Nepal’, an online project initiated by celebrated Melbourne artist Vipoo Srivilasa, to raise funds for devastated earthquake victims. According to Srivilasa the response from the world’s ceramics community has been overwhelming with pieces donated by more than 30 highly […]

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Following last night’s blog post of the Emerging Artist speech by Roberto Lugo, we now offer reflections from the other end of the spectrum….the author of The Ceramic Spectrum, (and many other books..and please pardon the pun), the marvelous and treasured, Robin Hopper. While Robin wasn’t able to join us in person at the conference this year, he did make a cyber appearance at the Clay Stories event, which was Thursday night […]

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 […]

The first time I spoke to Gerit Grimm, I was a trembling mess. I was at the Jane Hartsook Gallery in NYC, and I went to the opening reception because, well, the artist would be there.  And in theory, I would speak to her.   I would speak to her, and we would somehow end up in a deep conversation, and through my garbled, tongue-tied stammers she would understand how […]

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 Listening to stories of David Peters I’ve often wondered where the boundary  is between ardent investigator and dogmatic zealot. For those standing  outside the circle of wood fire (of which I am one) it is easy to tick the box  marked “zealot” when stories of week-long firings, laborious reclamation  processes, hours on bended knees, and sleepless nights roll out with  seemingly obligatory cups of whiskey.  Too easy. Any earnest maker, […]

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We are excited to announce the latest additions to NCECA’s video series…the 2014 Demonstrator DVDs!   We even put together a playlist with some snippets from the videos.  Check them out here on our YouTube channel, and pick up the full DVD in Providence.  (DVDs will also be available in the NCECA online conference beginning in May)   If you liked the NCECA Conference poster you received in the mail, […]

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Honor and celebrate the lives of NCECA members and significant figures in our field who have passed away since our 2014 conference in Milwaukee. This session will be an educational experience through presentations on some of our Past Masters by charting their impact on the field. Join us at 10:45am on Thursday in Ballroom D/E.    

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High Drama! Free Xuns! Ceramic Rayguns! Statistical Analysis! What else could you ask for from a work of art? I am extremely excited to be debuting a new interactive performance at the conference this year. A Very Serious Game has been crafted especially for NCECA and every conference attendee will be a player in this expansive, experimental game. These players, or Væssals, will go about their normal business- attending lectures, […]

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As I sitting here, watching the Oscars, I am thinking about our own upcoming awards.  While we don’t keep it top secret until the envelope is opened, these awards are the similar to the Academy Awards in that they are the most prestigious in our field.  Here, I will provide the briefest of introductions to these phenomenal figures in our field.  But this tiny tidbit is merely designed to entice you […]

A few weeks ago, Amanda Barr shared a sneak peek of “The Social (Media) Experiment”.   Today, we are treated to a more insight into the topics that will be covered in this much-anticipated panel.  Enjoy a glimpse of what’s to come with this transcript of a conversation between Justin Rothshank & Craig Hartenberger (reposted here, with permission, from Craig’s blog).  Let us hear YOUR thoughts on social media here in the comments!  Utilizing social media allows an […]

I consider myself lucky. I was born at exactly the right time, in my opinion. The technology boom started to hit stride as I was in high school and college, making it easy for me to adopt easily. My relationship with social media started with my first email account, spreading to AIM, AOL’s instant messaging app, which was all anyone used before texting became affordable on phones. I dabbled in […]

Confident posture. Direct gaze. An assured knowing her handshake will be firm. The word TRUE comes to mind. TRUE in the sense of direction or plumb. While “earthy” is not an apt description, “grounded” certainly is. Lauren Mabry is a bright, young smile giving us a crooked wink. Her works have been placed alongside Peter Voulkos, Richard Notkin, and Steven Young Lee in American Art Collector. Her work has been paired in […]