The potter who finds life in his work finds it daily in small glimpses, and perhaps these are the successes as much as anything. For example, shapes evolve guided by forces apparently outside my control. This is instinct, intellect and openness to change fusing, into what I think is the most positive force behind any potter’s approach: evolution or growth. Some call it inspiration. ~ John Glick Born in Detroit, […]

Robin Hopper Remembered (1939-2017) Internationally accomplished potter, teacher, author, garden designer, and arts activist, Robin Hopper passed away on April 6, 2017. The potter’s art is one of the few in which the connection between creator and appreciator is so intimate and integral. The process of creation, the resulting object, and its use by others represent a unique interrelationship, too seldom explored. If not for multi-faceted, generous, and curious imaginations, […]

Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire—her life in […]

Having now spent several days in Gary Erickson’s studio and apartment as I help the family in closing out Gary’s professional life I find myself immersed not only in his work, but also in my memories of his life. I met Gary in 1992 when my new school, Concordia University, St. Paul, hosted an exhibition of his work after he had served as a sabbatical replacement for a term the […]

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RIP Dr. Daum. You were a HUGE asset to our region and to the world of artists working with clay. Dr. Daum lost a battle with cancer on December 28. Cary and I drove to Sedalia last night for the opening of a couple of shows at the Daum Museum. I’m color blind (literally) and even I could see rich hues in many of the works in their Permanent Collection. […]

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Lots of folks have been asking me about this ride, and I am thrilled to be able to say that Women’s Free State Racing, which was the team Glenda raced with, will be hosting the ride. (If you missed the initial post about this ride, you can check that out here) Many cyclists who rode and raced with Glenda from this area are excited to participate and meet their “counterparts” […]

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As the 2014 NCECA conference started in Milwaukee, the news of Don Reitz’s passing on March 19 at his home in Clarkdale, Arizona, sent rippling shock waves throughout the audience and beyond.  He was 84 and throughout his six-decade career, he continued to push his artistic vision, inspiring generations of ceramic practitioners.  Don was a modern day folk legend and larger-than-life.  As a master ceramist, Don Reitz produced new and […]

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I met the iconic Phillip Cornelius in the 80’s during my graduate studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio while I was an intern resident artist at the former Southwest Craft Center. Phil came to the Center as a visiting artist for one month when he guided me in the craft but importantly the concepts of clay as a medium of abstract artistic expression. Three years later while co- […]

In retrospect, the sudden orchestra of lightening that traversed the sky from Lawrence to Kansas City last Thursday evening was certain to hold an important lesson. The beauty, suddenness and power of the storm were a reminder that we cohabit a world filled with forces larger and more unknowable than our awareness. Earlier that evening, your NCECA Board was sharing time with old and new friends gathered at he Lawrence […]

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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For the last few years, NCECA has been working on a video project to commemorate and celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  Since Houston, we have been capturing memories and stories from quite a few of our members.  The goal is to put these together to tell the story of NCECA’s first 50 years.  It is getting more and more exciting as the date gets closer. We have such a wonderful and rich history. […]

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Professor Yoshiro Ikeda, my mentor from Kansas State University, passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age 67. I felt gut-wrenching pain as his urn was buried underground. I loved him like my own father. Words cannot express respect and gratitude I have toward this man. Sparkles in his eyes continue to encourage me as I work in the studio. It is okay to pour our heart into things we […]

Reposted from Paul Kotula Projects “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Tony Hepburn, influential artist, educator, writer, mentor and friend. He died on January 5, 2015 at his home in Chicago, IL. Born September 9, 1942 in Manchester, England, Tony Hepburn attended Camberwell College of Art receiving his N.D.D. in 1963 and later attended London University earning his A.T.D. in 1965. He recalls his early study […]

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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 […]

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