by Keith Williams

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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by Sara Morris

As the Missouri dust and euphoria we experienced at this year’s NCECA, in Kansas City dissipate into normality, the gallery exhibitions, personal encounters, and life-altering lectures, continue to linger. One of the most memorable and life altering exhibitions a student can experience at NCECA is the National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), which can forever change and undoubtedly charge the lives of both the exhibitors and attendees. Some students leave with […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

If you have been to NCECA,  you might recall visiting the Exhibitor Hall and running into some artists with their arms elbow deep in clay.  This, among other things, is Project Space.  If you have been working on something in your studio that does not quite fit in a gallery setting or a theatre or in any traditional space at all, Project Space might be the right place for you. […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology. Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…   […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Yesterday on the blog, we announced the video release of the 2016 Conference Roundtable discussion on Fueling Creativity.  Today, we bring you a fresh new podcast episode on Fueling Innovation.  What will we fuel tomorrow?  Tune in and see!!! On today’s episode you will hear a panel discussion on fueling innovation in your studio practice with the 2016 emerging artists. Each year six early-career artists are commended at our conference for their […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In the introduction to the essay “Fueling the Imagination” from her book, Hiking the Horizontal, Liz Lerman recounts a conversation with Nobel laureate and scientist, Dr. Eric Wieschaus about how he asks himself a question. “I am fueled by my own ignorance,” he says with keen precision. Artists and scientists share an understanding, Lerman writes, “that not knowing is fuel for the imagination rather than fuel for humiliation.” This cross disciplinary […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

I know, there are lots of things to do…  Spring is in the air, summer is on the brain… But don’t let another important exhibition deadline slip past you.  NCECA’s (first ever) Annual Exhibition, entitled “The Evocative Garden” and curated/juried by Gail M. Brown, will be held during the 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, and the deadline for entry is just days away –  June 15, 2016.   This new exhibition […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.  This week, join Anna Calluori Holcombe for her part of the co-lecture, “TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS” The Fab […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Learn about The Clay Lady Way® which includes over 30 years of tested projects, classroom management and single- ring technique that guarantees your students’ success! (And Yours!)  Enjoy this popular lecture from the K-12 room at NCECA 2016:  

by Saba Stovall

The work of Joanna Poag centers around the concept of homeostasis, the process in which a system maintains stability through self-regulation. Homeostasis is most applicable to living creatures, but Poag reinterprets the concept through her work in ceramics. Ceramic art creates it’s own system – a delicate balance of materials to create the physical medium, the artist’s hand to balance the composition, the precise control of the kiln environment to […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.  This week, join Shoji Satake for his part of the co-lecture, “TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS”  and […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If you missed NCECA’s Saturday morning Emerging Artist Presentations, catch Joanna Poag’s presentation right here!  And be sure to follow the blog and keep an eye out for an insightful essay on Joanna from on of our new guest bloggers, coming soon!

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Sharing global resources is at the heart of the DIY 3D printing community. The increasing availability of inexpensive materials and an open source knowledge base has facilitated their application in ceramics studios and institutions worldwide. Extrusion-based ceramic 3D printers can print any clay and can be combined with any other studio process, allowing these digital tools to be combined with hand forming methods and facilitating experimentation and collaboration across all studio […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Our 50th anniversary conference kicked off with a festive opening ceremony, featuring Liz Lerman as our Keynote Speaker.  If you missed it, you can view the opening and keynote below.  Stay tuned for the exciting & stimulating Randall Session!