Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

NCECA 2019 in Minneapolis is just around the corner. As you plan your trip consider enhancing your experience with a Pre/Post Conference workshop. These events are not organized by NCECA. Instead they are planned and offered by the local clay community in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. These workshop options are a way for participants to connect with each other while learning from knowledgeable makers in the ceramics field. They are a great way to meet other clay enthusiast and build excitement ahead of the conference.

March 22-25
Wood Fire Workshop with Jack Troy, Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley.
Spend the weekend before 2019 NCECA glazing, loading and firing a wood kiln in Minnesota with renowned potter/author Jack Troy (PA), kiln builder/potter Donovan Palmquist (MN), and potter/glaze fanatic Colleen Riley (MN). The bourry box wood kiln is designed to be versatile, efficient and easy to fire, providing a wide range of effects, from heavy ash to bright flashing, and even colorful glazed surfaces. Jack is known worldwide for his wood fired ceramics, writings, and poetry. We look forward to his delightful stories and observations about all things clay. Donovan (owner of Master Kiln Builders) will share his knowledge of kilns and wood firing techniques. Before loading, Riley will lead a session on glazing for the wood/soda chamber, with time for participants to experiment with more colorful surfaces. Additional talks and demonstrations will be held during the firing. This is sure to be an inspiring weekend for ceramic artists of all levels of wood firing experience. Participation is limited to 12.

Schedule: Friday, March 22 to Monday, March 25; unload kiln on Saturday, March 30.

Cost: $500, excluding housing. Firing costs, materials, snacks and most meals are included. Colleen and Donovan are happy to provide a list of nearby housing options.

Registration: Visit the website for more details and registration information. Or, email Donovan and Colleen at

Eureka Pots/Studio of Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley
27607 Grenada Avenue
Farmington, MN 55024

March 25 & 26
Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper Porcelain: In conjunction with the exhibition Urban Parallel: Ceramics in Scotland, Susan O’Byrne will be demonstrating her making methods at Artistry and running the master workshop Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper-Porcelain. Over two days Susan will demonstrate working on a nichrome wire armature, building with thin sheets of paper-porcelain and printing and collaging the surface of her forms. The master workshop will allow participants the opportunity to experiment with these techniques and make work in the style of her animal portraits on view through out March at Artistry. The techniques Susan uses in her work combine ways of making normally associated with papier-mâché, textiles, and collage. O’Byrne is a Scottish based ceramic artist. She specializes in the making of allegorical animal forms and has developed a unique set of making processes which aim to articulate human sensitivity.

Full two-day workshop, including Demo: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day (Artist Talk and
Demo separately open to an audience for reduced fee).

Demo Cost: $60-80
Workshop Cost: $345-395 (Materials fees may be included).

Monday, March 25
Artist talk and slide presentation from 9:30-11:15am
Demo with hour lunch break: 11:30am-4:00pm.

Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington Center for the Arts,
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.,
Bloomington, MN 55431

Contact Sarah Beggs
Handicap Accessible

March 26
The Socially Engaged Craft Collective, in partnership with the School of Art and Design at  Minneapolis College, is excited to announce a day of workshops, panels, and participation with Cross Pollination: an NCECA pre-conference for artists and educators about socially engaged craft, pedagogy, and artistic action.

Cross pollination suggests exchange and interchange, collaborative action and genetic recombination. Craft and education, art and society are each varietals of humanity’s richest plants. The conference will record, report, conceptualize and enact cross pollination between disciplines and methods, cultures and ideas, objects and people. We aim to speak to interdisciplinary, remixing, intersectionality, and novel combinations while considering traditional and emergent theories of making and teaching.

A one-day participatory conference experience, Cross Pollination will incorporate expert voices from both craft and social engagement perspectives. Participants will find resources and emerging ideas for their art practices and classrooms through panel discussions, lectures and interactive learning experiences. Breakout sessions will focus on the following: Communities (Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration); Pedagogy (Engagement and Collaboration in Learning); Idea Generation (Socially Engaged Craft in Practice); and Logistics (the “How To” of Socially Engaged Craft including Ethics and Sustainability).

Date:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location:  Minneapolis College, near Loring Park and the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: $75

Registration will open January 1.  Please visit Minneapolis College Continuing Education for more information.

**A certificate of completion from the School of Art and Design at Minneapolis College will be available to educators interested in professional development credit.


New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is hosting 3 events in conjunction with the 2015 NCECA conference.  Of Earth and SeaArtists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, opens on March 12th and will be up until the end of August.  Eight area artists: Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, and Seth Rainville, were invited to visit the Museum and create new works in response to pieces in the museum collectionVessels, opens simultaneously and will highlight favorite pieces from the Museum’s ceramics collection.

On March 21st and March 22ndOf Earth, Sea and Fire: A Symposium of Makers will be held in the museum’s auditorium.  The artists from the exhibition Of Earth and Sea, as well as other noted ceramicists will come together for a weekend of lively discussion about contemporary ceramics. Presentations will provide insight into the artists’ technical and conceptual processes.

The symposium will feature lectures by Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, Seth Rainville and Elenor Wilson and demonstrations by Doug Casebeer, Cynthia Consentino, Molly Hatch, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, and Matt Long.

This symposium is a NCECA pre-conference event.  For further information visit the museum website  or go to the Facebook page for daily updates

Extend your NCECA Experience

Extend your NCECA Experience

For many NCECA attendees, the workshops that happen before and after the conference are one of the most memorable parts of the experience.  Pre & Post-Conference events are not planned by NCECA, but rather extension offerings from the local artist community.  There are some really great experiences to be had this year in the Providence area, so consider coming early or staying late.  Many of these opportunities are still open!  Read on to learn more…

image1The UMASS Dartmouth Ceramics Club is hosting a NCECA Pre-Conference event that will include two days of demos and lectures by two renowned ceramic artists, Jason Briggs and Lauren Gallaspy. Our Pre-Conference will take place Monday, March 23rd to Tuesday, March 24th at the Star Store in downtown New Bedford. Workshops will be taking place 9 am- 5pm each day on the fourth floor of the Star Store building. Both artists will present a lecture on their work Monday, March 23rd at 6 pm with a club sponsored potluck. One flat rate registration fee grants you access to the workshop demos as well as an evening lecture with Jason Briggs and Lauren Gallaspy.

Location: UMASS Dartmouth Ceramics Department, New Bedford, MA 02740

Cost: $45 All payments are non-refundable  Click here to register


Making Handbuilt Aka (red) Raku Chawan

With John Baymore

A Pre-NCECA Workshop at The Potters Shop & School
Saturday-Sunday-Monday, March 21-23
Fee: $350 (includes materials and  Saturday night dinner reception)

Formal Japanese Tea Ceremony, known as Chanoyu, has had a profound impact on both Japanese and world ceramics since the feudal era in Japan. The making of formal Chawan (teabowls) is considered the pinnacle of the art of the potter in Japan. The most revered Chawan for use in Chanoyu are those made by the Japanese Raku family in Kyoto.

This 3 day pre-NCECA hands-on workshop will share two specific hand forming techniques typically used for the making of aka (red) Raku Chawan as well as demonstrate this firing process that differs from typical American Raku.  A discussion of actual Chanoyu process will be included on the second day, and each participant will have the opportunity to act as both host and guest in a Chakai (an informal tea ceremony) we’ll hold for each other.  On the last day, we’ll cap our day’s firing efforts by again making matcha (whisked tea ceremony tea) in the aka Raku bowls we’ve just fired. On day one John will demonstrate the forming of the chawan. Following his demonstration the group will work on their individual chawan under John’s tuteledge. Day two is a chance for each participant to individually go thru a taemae (tea procedure) as others observe and learn. Day three will be the two Japanese-style firings of the bowls that each person has made.

*This event is currently full, waitlist available*

You can also visit the Potter’s School AFTER the conference for

Screen Printing on Textured Thrown and Altered Forms 
Karen Mahoney will demonstrate her personalized techniques developed to create rope impressed and screen printed thrown and altered functional ware. Beginning at the wheel, Karen will demonstrate and discuss altering her thrown forms, and refining them through the drying process. Over the course of the day Karen will share the tools, materials, and techniques she uses to keep crisp divisions between imagery, texture, and smooth clay. Participants will leave understanding how to make and successfully use an original screen print image on various clay forms, and how to incorporate this type of surface decoration with texture. The Potters Shop and School, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA 02494. Contact Steven Branfman, 781-449-7687, Cost $75


As part of the NCECA pre-conference events, Chris Gustin has invited eleven ceramic artists from the US and India, as well as the core group of artists that are the ‘crew’ for his kiln, to send work and come to my studio for the month of March to participate in an anagama wood firing at his studio from March 6 thru March 17th, 2015.

ChrisGustin_headshotIn the spirit of the conference theme ‘Lively Experiments’, I was interested in putting together a group of artists whose work I respected and admired, and bring them to Massachusetts to fire their work in my kiln. All of the invited artists have done a significant amount of wood firing, and what better way to celebrate the conference theme than to work together to fire the kiln. My kiln has three chambers, including a 100 cubic foot soda chamber. The three chambers combined will fire approximately 800-1000 pieces.

The firing of the kiln is an invitational event. However, those people interested in coming to see the firing are welcome.

The unloading on Tuesday, March 24th will be an open event for pre-conference visitors, who are welcome to participate in the unstacking of the kiln.


Of Earth, Sea & Fire: A Symposium of Makers
Eight ceramic artists making works in response to the collection at the New Bedford Whaling Museum come together with eight wood-fire artists participating in the March 2015 Anagama firing at Gustin Studio for a weekend of lively discussion, demostration & lecture. Artists Participating: Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Constantino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, Seth Rainville, Arnie Zimmerman, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie, Doug Casebeer, John Balistreri, Matt Long, Dan Anderson, Chris Gustin.

Schedule and Registration

Day 1. Saturday March 21

8:00 – 9:00 am
coffee & pastries – Museum Galleries open for participants

9:00 – 10:00 am
Opening remarks  

Dr. Christina Connett, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, NBWM

Seth Rainville: Introduction to NCECA shows/events and artists from the Gustin Pre-conference Anagama firing

Jim Lawton: Making of an exhibition – artists prepare for Of Earth & Sea

10:15 – 11:45 am
Demo with Matt Long and Molly Hatch

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Gallery Walk with Jim Lawton and Artists in the NBWM Exhibition Of Earth & Sea

2:15 – 3:45 pm
Demo with Cynthia Consentino and Jan McKeachie Johnston

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lecture: Sergei Isupov

5:00 – 6:00 pm


Day 2. Sunday March 22

8:00 – 9:00 am
coffee & pastries – Museum Galleries open for participants

9: 00 – 10:15 am
Lecture: Surface and Beyond with Kathy King, Dan Anderson and Seth Rainville

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Demo with Randy Johnston and Doug Casebeer

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Demo concludes with Cynthia Consentino and Jan McKeachie Johnston

2:45 – 4:15 pm
Demo concludes with Matt Long and Molly Hatch

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Lecture: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Eleanor Wilson and John Balistreri

5:30 – 6:00 pm
Closing Remarks

To register, visit The New Bedford Whaling Museum Website. Cost $75 general public for weekend; $65 New Bedford Whaling Museum members.


Get More in Milwaukee – Pre Conference Workshops

Get More in Milwaukee – Pre Conference Workshops

Milwaukee in March can be quite cold, but there are a couple of hot opportunities to warm you up prior to the Material World Conference:


With a friendship forged from clay, wood, and fire, Ching Yuan Chang, Joy Brown, and Ken Bichell will bring the best of woodfire workshops to the Adamah Clay Studios of Bethel Horizons.

This “Blockbuster” workshop takes place March 12-18, 2014 at the Adamah Clay Studios campus near Dodgeville, WI. Just 3 three hours ride from Milwaukee and NCECEA’s 2014 debut in Milwaukee, March 19-22.

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Workshop Highlights:

1. Creation of a collaborative clay mural

2. Participants can bring 2 to 3 pieces of bisque-ware, which will be fired in the kiln during the workshop

3. Wisconsin Woodfire Potters Reception – Pottery, Cheese, Wine, and Beer, Wisconsin style

4. Wood Kiln Tour

Click here to learn more and register



Arts/Industry Tour

Tour the artists’ studios in the Kohler Co. factory, view a selection of work from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 1973 exhibitionThe Plastic Earth in the Kohler Co. Design Center, and see the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 40-year retrospective exhibition of the Arts/Industry residency program, ARTS/INDUSTRY: Collaboration and Revelation, which features more than 300 works installed throughout eleven galleries. This special tour will include a light breakfast and a boxed lunch.  NOTE: This tour involves a walking tour of the Kohler Co. factory. CLOSE-TOED SHOES ARE REQUIRED; cameras and cell phones are not permitted on the factory floor.  The factory is not an accessible facility.

Works of art by more than 200 artists will be featured, including Ann Agee, Mary Jo Bole, Phoebe Cummings, Jack Earl, Ron Fondaw, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Deborah Horrell, George Mason, Melissa McGill, Lesley McTague, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Jim Neel, Denise Pelletier, Tom Spleth, Tetsuya Yamada, and Arnie Zimmerman.  The exhibition in the Kohler Co. Design Center features contemporary ceramics from the early 1970s by 16 then-emerging and established artists including Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Ralph Bacerra, Richard DeVore, Karen Massaro, Michele Oka Doner, Peter Voulkos, and Patti Warashina.

Buses will depart Milwaukee at 8:30am returning 3:45pm.   $80 per person, early registration price of $70 for payment received before January 31.  Contact Kristin Plucar, 920-458-6144;

A 2014 NCECA don’t miss: The John Michael Kohler Arts Center

A 2014 NCECA don’t miss: The John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Just an hour north of Milwaukee and the 2014 NCECA conference, you will find the town of Sheboygan, WI, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Known in the ceramics field as home to the Arts/Industry residency program, the Arts Center is a visionary leader in preserving and presenting the work of self-taught artists, art-environment builders, and emerging contemporary artists. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center serves as a laboratory for the creation of new works and the exploration of art forms and ideas that have received little critical attention or have been under-recognized.Ju Yeon Kim

In 2014, the Arts Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of Arts/Industry with an exhibition and publication, currently titled Industrial Revelations, solely dedicated to this unprecedented program. Originated in 1974 as a one-month experiment, Arts/Industry is a strong collaboration between the Arts Center and Kohler Co. that provides two- to six-month residencies for up to sixteen artists annually in the Kohler Co. Pottery and Foundry factory studios. During their residencies, artists are exposed to industrial materials and processes and a body of technical knowledge generally unavailable to them in their own studios. Hundreds of emerging and established artists have benefitted from Arts/Industry since its inception.

Jack EarlIndustrial Revelations will span twelve galleries and assemble more than 300 sculptures and installations made over the course of 500 residencies at Kohler Co. Exploring the culture of the factory and the impact of the program on the artists’ studio practices and ways of thinking, the exhibition highlights the artists and factory associates who have participated in this ongoing experiment.

Exclusive opportunities for NCECA members and conference attendees have been organized to offer an experience of the Arts/Industry factory studios and the Industrial Revelations exhibition during the 2014 Milwaukee NCECA conference.


Pre-Conference Event: Tuesday, March 18

Tours of the Kohler Co. Arts/Industry factory studios and the Industrial Revelations exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Includes lunch.


NCECA Conference Event: Wednesday, March 19

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center will be one of the NCECA bus tour stops.


NCECA Conference Panel Discussion: March 19-22

Panel presentation, A Hand in Industry: 40 years of the Arts/Industry Program at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, organized and moderated by Arts Center curator Alison Ferris and selected Arts/Industry alumni.


Post-Conference Events: Saturday, March 22

Tours of the Kohler Co. Arts/Industry factory studios and the Industrial Revelations exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.


Free admission for all NCECA members to the Industrial Revelations opening reception at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


NCECA 2013 Pre/Post Conference workshops

NCECA 2013 Pre/Post Conference workshops

Greetings from Houston!  We have kicked in the new year and now we are a few short months away from the NCECA conference in Houston, Texas.   Hopefully you have registered for the conference and your travel plans are under way.  Consider arriving early, staying late, or both to take in a pre or post conference workshop!


The workshop offerings for March of 2013 have shaped up to include a wide variety of events to choose from featuring locally, nationally, and internationally known artists.  Whether your interests are in wood firing, wheel throwing, figurative sculpture, or collaborative endeavors- there is something for everyone.  Workshops are taking place all over the greater Houston area and as far away as Austin.


Find details on the NCECA website under ‘Pre and Post Conference Events’.  You will find a comprehensive list of events, including workshop presenters, dates, registration information, and more, or click here to go directly there!

Take advantage of these amazing opportunities, come explore the Lone Star State, and enjoy all Houston has to offer!  We are looking forward to seeing you here.