As a member’s organization, NCECA relies on the creative energy, vision and contribution of all of its members to create the fantastic conference content that we all look forward to each spring. As the next generation of makers, educators and visionaries, students are a vital part of that content. The application deadline for Student Perspectives program proposals is May 4th, 2016, and students, we really hope you will consider applying.  […]

Tongue-in-cheek sculptures, contemplative video installations, gently pinched pouring vessels, and meticulously assembled baskets – frankly, the offerings from the student population at this year’s NSJE are as surprising as they are wide-ranging in scope.  330 students submitted 1000 images for consideration, and the jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers, contemplated every single image over three rounds of elimination.  They made a decision early on to jury blindly, insisting on excellence over balanced […]

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Kansas City!  Are you looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective? Mentors from all over the country are ready to review your portfolio at the Student Critique Room. I am especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country. The Student Critique […]

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If this is your first NCECA, (or even if it’s not), everything can be a little overwhelming.  So we put together a few tools to help you make the most of your conference experience.  First, take a look at the video below, which goes over basically the whole conference experience, then, be sure to check out the handy list of links to previous blog articles which can give you more […]

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If you twisted my arm and made me choose, I would probably say that my high school English teacher is the person who taught me critical thinking skills.  Our standard homework assignment was to come up with discussion questions for what we’d read the night before, and she would collect them all to read aloud at the beginning of each class.  She defined “good” questions as those which could not […]

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Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]

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Around the year 2000, An amazing group of individuals with a passion for Ceramic Art Education formed the K-12 Clay Exhibition, with a commitment and desire to advance the field of ceramics and the art of teaching clay.  In the years that followed, this exhibition has grown exponentially.  Scholarships and awards for both teachers and students are funded by manufacturers, institutions, suppliers, and individuals.  Over $50,000 will be available for this year’s […]

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Last year, NCECA members donated over ONE THOUSAND CUPS to the annual NCECA cup sale.  I think we can increase that number this year.  Richard Wehrs, cup show coordinator extraordinare (and maker of awesome cups) is already hard at work in his studio making some cups with serious character.  Who’s joining him? Need more enticement?  A decade ago, NCECA established the “Cups of Merit” Commission Award to recognize outstanding craftsmanship and artistic […]

For many, part of their graduate assistantship involves teaching others.  Or perhaps you have survived the gauntlet of Student Teaching and are now an actual teacher. This can be invigorating for some and intimidating for others.  Suddenly being the person who has all the answers can make your brain shut down. Standing up in front of strangers and imparting information and skills can give anyone sweaty palms, and that can […]

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As our upcoming 50th Anniversary Conference is upon us, so to is NCECA Board election season. This year, elections will be held just prior to the conference to fill vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. Embarking on our THIRD year with electronic voting, NCECA has yet again made a few changes to our online voting system. Responding to input from our members, […]

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Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]

This exhibition highlights the work of a new generation of makers, students currently pursing their MFA degree work at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  The makers are: Kaitlin Arndt, Joshua R. Maier, Scott McClellan, Anthony Pearson, Jennifer Halli, Kyle Hendrix. Celebrating multiple approaches to the vessel and sculptural form each of these artists seeks to establish their personal voice and contribute it to the field of ceramics. This exhibition will shine […]

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Calling all undergraduate and graduate ceramic students and multicultural applicants!! We have finally reached the absolute deadline for applications for the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship and the Multicultural Fellowship. This is your last second reminder! The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (11:59pm EST). There are resources available to students to support your project proposals. You don’t have any time to procrastinate (even […]

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Where do you currently live/work?  Honolulu, Hawaii What do you like most about where you live? Even though everyone gets excited and sometimes jealous when they hear that I’m in grad school in Hawaii, the truth is that like any grad program, I am inside the art building all day, every day. I can’t remember the last time I went to the beach.  One whole semester I barely saw the […]