The world of fine art services/art handling is the behind-the-scenes part of the installation, crating and transporting of works of art that most people, even artists, rarely experience.  The people who work in the fine art services can range from part-time gallery assistants that install works for a gallery with little or no formal training to full-time professionals that are trained to museum standards in the handling of fine works […]

This global history of earthenware is based on the travel accounts of explorers in West and Central Africa, Mesoamerica, and the Iberian Peninsula. The central figures are the artisans who made, merchants who hawked, and the cooks who served meals made in clay pots. Clay pots had been essential items in the kitchen and on the table with cooks using earthen vessels to make one-pot meals such as puddings, stews, […]

NCECA is  very excited to share a session from the extremely popular Process Room.  For those of you who don’t already know, “Lively Experiments” marked the 3rd year of this popular aspect of NCECA Conference.  Each year, this “attraction” has grown, and we realize that many sessions were not just “standing room only”, but at several sessions, the fire marshall was actually barring people from entering the room.  NCECA is thrilled with the […]

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Jay Lacouture honored the life and memory of Gerry Williams at the 2015 Conference in Providence.  If you don’t know much about Gerry, take a few moments to be inspired by his life and work as told by Jay in the 12 minute video below .

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There is a crisis in our educational system today. This talk from the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, RI, is about how clay has the potential to address this crisis. When ceramics is taught from both a philosophical and interdisciplinary perspective it has unlimited pedagogical applications. This talk addressed how clay can inform the way we teach. Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts at Penn State University.  […]

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Jack Troy’s closing lecture at the 2015 Conference was full of wonderful stories about a life in clay. He spoke with wisdom about aesthetic experiences one moment and with humor about his brother’s tonsils in a jar the next.  He recounted memories of his first teacher, and the years when he and several fellow ceramics folk were “creating a past for NCECA.”  He divided the room into two groups, earth potters and […]

Are you in need of serious hashtagging help?  (Are you now scratching your head and wondering for the umpteenth time what the heck a hashtag is?).  Or are you already dialed in to face-twit-stagram but want to better understand how to use Etsy or Pinterest?  At the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, 4 ceramics industry folk shared their views on social media and you can now view that here on […]

Phew! Providence flew right on past without stopping. This year was amazing; conference-goers posted more photos on social media this year than ever before, and the beat goes on! Follow the hashtag #nceca2015 on Instagram to catch up on conference content and to see what artists are doing with knowledge and insights gained in Providence. Keep the trend going by using #nceca2015 and happy making!

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I confess…I am only one person, and I still haven’t figured out how to squeeze in 28 hours of work into a 24 hour day. THANKFULLY, I received several offers from conference attendees to help with getting content online!  One of those offers was even from a first-time conference attendee, Paul Lyzun.  He volunteered his time to put together the audio and powerpoint from the Stories Potters Tell session.  Thanks […]

With the hustle and bustle of the conference finished, I was able to sit down and edit the amazing lecture that Heidi McKenzie presented to a packed room on Thursday morning in Providence.  This session was so popular that we scrambled to make the audio available online, and had it up, unedited, about 4 hours later, but the raw audio file is only part of the presentation.  And as I sat […]

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On Saturday Morning, following Jack Troy’s closing lecture, the member’s meeting reconvened.  Programs Director, Steve Hilton, presented several recognitions and awards, including awards for the National Student Juried Exhibition, graduate and undergraduate fellowships and our cups of merit awards.  Additionally, we took a moment to say goodbye to several NCECA board members, including our Providence Onsites, Jay Lacouture and Larry Bush, one of our Directors-at-Large, Garth Johnson, and our Programs Director, […]

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 […]

Heidi McKenzie’s Lecture “The Basics of Business in the Arts” was standing room only!  In an effort to provide this incredible content to hungry conference-goers (and members that couldn’t make it), we are publishing the unedited audio of this session here.  We invite you to give it a listen, and stay tuned for more conference content to start hitting the blog as soon as the NCECA communications team catches up […]