Posted by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director
If the conference has a palpable pulse, the heartbeat is the Resource Hall. I’m excited to tell you that we have redesigned the layout for this year to improve the flow and create a new level of interest.
If you’ve been to the conference before, you probably already know the allure of the Resource Hall. If you’re new to the NCECA experience, let me warn you that the resource hall seems to be the source of a temporal anomaly, because hours pass like minutes in here. With so much to see and few clocks to be found, it’s easy to lose track of time. Add to that among the thousands of other people in the room, you’re sure to run into a long lost friend or twelve and before you know it, you’re hearing the announcement that the hall is closing. Advice from a seasoned vet? Set an alarm on your phone/wristwatch (or the NCECA App!!! Coming soon to a mobile device near you!) for at least a half an hour prior to any programming event that you REALLY want to see. It WILL take you that long to get there!
The Resource Hall is where you will find over 80 Commercial Exhibitors, 120 Non-profit institutions and organizations plus 9 galleries and 3 projects space installations. NCECA encourages you to stop by and visit with the manufacturers and suppliers from whom you procure your pottery supplies. We hope that you always chose to support the companies that support NCECA. If you don’t find your favourite brand or clay business in the Resource Hall, consider asking them to attend! (complete list of companies at NCECAas of 12/24/15 below) This year, the commercial exhibitors will be situated around the perimeter. In the center of the NCECA Resource Hall, you will find our educational tables. Whether you’re looking for a grad school or post bacc experience, a summer residency, or sabbatical location, or a new teaching post, this is the place to find the best of ceramic learning. (complete list of non-profit exhibitors at NCECAas of 12/24/15 below)
***Entry to the commercial and non-profit exhibitors in the Resource Hall does require your NCECA badge.***
The front part of the Resource Hall, however is free and open to the public. We make this area free as a way of giving back to the community that hosts our conference. NCECA is committed to leaving a footprint behind in the cities we visit. To this end, we seek out funding to enable us to offer some parts of our conference free to the residents of the local city. Of course we also hope that the people that take advantage of the free events will find themselves intrigued by the ceramic arts and pursue this interest in their own community after the conference is over.
In this free area you will find the NCECA Gallery Expo, which brings an array of national galleries exhibiting some of the highest quality ceramic art into Hall D where representatives will interact with all of those interested in learning more about collecting contemporary ceramic art.
Featuring: 18 Hands Gallery Inc, Baltimore Clayworks, Kansas City Urban Potters, Lillstreet Art Center, Northern Clay Center, Red Lodge Clay Center, The Clay Studio, Spinning Earth Pottery, Objective Clay, and Artstream Nomadic Gallery
Additionally, we have three special areas in the front of the hall called the Projects Space.
Projects Space will involve three different artists working individually or within teams to develop new works involving clay, time and change where they will engage visitors in the creative process. The artists were selected through an international call for proposals for experimental and innovative work that stretches the confines of the contemporary ceramic field.
Glenda Taylor Active Memorial Mural by Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman
Celebrate Glenda Taylor’s life by making a pot in her memory! Come throw or hand build a piece to be added to the Active Memorial Mural being created in her honor. The finished mural will be installed at Washburn Univ. depicting Glenda doing what she loved surrounded by people that love her.
Collective Confluence by Brian Kluge
This is an ephemeral installation of unfired tiles covering the floor of an exhibition space. Audience participants will fill the space with works created to reference a personally meaningful artwork. Participants will then record their path upon the clay tiles as they place their work and explore.
Appearing the Clay Wall By En Iwamura
In the project space, an artist is making something simple cylindrical form from floor directly during the NCECA 2016. Audiences can see and communicate with this artist. Appearing each layer has different records of different moments. Intention of the artist is being human scale ant.