With the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh just around the corner, we want to let you know about some of the awesome student-centered opportunities that are available at the conference this year: Student Critique Room Thursday March 15, & Friday March 16, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room 310 of the Pittsburgh Convention Center. The Critique Room is an opportunity for students to receive direct feedback about their work from […]

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This year the theme for NCECA’s Pittsburgh conference is CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture. The ideas imbue robust program content with tremendous range of ceramic expression. Attention to cultural context amplifies voices and issues of representation, power, identity, social justice, and equity. Clay permeates our lives. Clay remembers, tells stories, and shifts through histories and geographies. Its ubiquity evokes the social and political, domestic space and public place, the private and […]

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Saturday morning, at the end of the conference, I always look forward to the emerging artist presentation. I find these talks to be tremendously energizing, full of good will and optimistic for the future. I relish in how the presenters are often a little nervous and occasionally naive, reminding me that we all start somewhere. This year Ayumi Horie, Arthur Gonzalez and I reviewed all the submissions for emerging artist […]

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Jessica Brandl, one NCECA’s 2017 Emerging Artists has had a busy time since delivering an outstanding presentation on the final day of the conference in Portland, Oregon. Over the summer, she relocated from Philadelphia, where she had been teaching at the Tyler School or Art at Temple University, to Canada, where she is presently teaching at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In October, her work, Humunculus, was honored […]

Now entering its third year, Blinc20:20 is becoming an exciting piece of programming at the annual conference.  This image-driven visually impacting short-form presentation provides a perfect platform for professors, students, international artists, or just about anyone who wants to be a part of the conference program. Not too long ago, I was chatting with a local college professor, who was lamenting that getting funding from the university to attend the conference is becoming […]

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Curiosity is what gets us out of bed in the morning and carries us through the day. Like a good story, we don’t know what’s going to happen, and we want to know what happens next. Curiosity is the fuel of our art practice. Without curiosity there is no art practice. It is a primal, seductive drive that sucks us in. It does itself, like a good book you can’t […]

Shortly after the NCECA 2017 conference, “Future Flux” became “Past Flux”, I returned home and began editing conference sessions to post online.  As I did this, I contemplated the 2017 “class” of emerging artists and all of their presentations.  In the years past, NCECA has invited aspiring writers to select one of the emerging artists to write about.  This serves as a great opportunity for young writers to practice their craft while also […]

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I thought about titling this post “Marvelous Marge” or “Marge the Magnificent”…..both absolutely fitting descriptive titles.  But then I thought “Marge in Charge,” since she announced last year during her closing lecture that she has been “in charge since I was 5″, I’m sorry, I don’t work well in a group, I just always end up in charge”.  (that’s paraphrased). Basically there were a ton of titles I could have picked, […]

“In the world of everything that is already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.” Bobby Tso’s approach to forms in the post-industrial world is both whimsical and sophisticated. His curiosity is delightful and child-like. His level of intensity and skill are awe inspiring. I had as much fun watching his peers view his work in Kansas City […]

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I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself! I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives […]

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NCECA is excited to announce that we have FOUR compilations of the 2016 Process Room sessions available for immediate delivery via digital download!  Each compilation contains the best of instruction and demonstration from four sessions and is approximately 40 minutes in length.  Buy one video for only $19.99 or save $5.00 and get the set of four compilations for $74.99. NCECA members can save 20% off using the code ncecamember. Click here […]

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Mentors Needed For Student Critique Room! NCECA is currently recruiting mentors for our Student Critique room at the Portland conference. How it works: Mentors volunteer for one or more 30 minute time slots, when they will be available to meet one-on-one with students to give them a critique of their work. Students come prepared with digital images of their work for the critique. Students and mentors then have 30 minutes […]

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Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!! The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum […]

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Thursday afternoon at the conference provided an incredible opportunity for a double dose of glaze geekery.  First, William Carty, Keith Simpson and Hyojin Lee presented a panel on safety in the studio, specifically regarding stains.  After a short break, Matt Katz took the stage to inform the audience on durable glazes.  If you missed it, you’re in luck, because they are now available on the NCECA YouTube channel in a […]