by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Pete Pinnell’s lectures are ALWAYS a highlight of the conference.  This is a man who could make watching paint dry sound fascinating.  At our 2016 Conference in Kansas City, attendees were treated to a lesson on the history of tableware and its use.  I definitely think we need to reexamine the custom of sitting ON tables while enjoying our meals.  Enjoy this popular session, now available on our YouTube channel or […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Today I am going to focus this article on one single survey comment: We had 5000 brochures printed for the exhibition but it was a waste of resources. In case you didn’t know, NCECA has always offered up empty tables for any venue or organization that wishes to leave free brochures about their programs, events, etc.  For the past 3 years at least, the NCECA board & staff have been discussing […]

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… Using […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Lee Burningham’s introduction of James Watkins’s session invited anyone who thought that they might be in the wrong room to “Stay! …because this is better.” While I don’t know what else was happening at this time during the conference, I’m inclined to agree with him.  Yes, I probably say this about ALL the conference presentations I edit, but I think this one REALLY is my favourite so far, possibly because I have […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I feel like I’m preaching to the choir a bit in this post, because I know that the people that read the NCECA blog regularly are the most informed conference-goers we have.  YOU all are the ones who know to about the special help and guidance for first timers, the scholarships for students and teachers, all the new things we’re trying out, the locations of EVERYTHING, and so on. But, […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

Perhaps the glow or jet-lag of NCECA has yet to fade, but what better time than this to think about applying to be a presenter at next year’s conference? You are bleery-eyed and tired and may agree to just about anything.  Remember! You shape the conference like you shape the clay, NCECA is created and driven by its member’s expertise and passion. Next year’s NCECA Conference is in Portland, Oregon […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In an era of Do-it-Yourself mentality, Farm to Table politics and the Buy Local movement, there is a heighteded awareness around conscientious consumption.  Overseas manufacturing and imported goods have affected our economy, vitality of our communities and trends in the marketplace. Made in the USA” labels glean celebration as consumers exhibit quite activism (purchasing power) with their dollar.  People feel gratified through developing relationships with their local food purveyors and […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Welcome home NCECA friends!   I hope you are all re-adjusting to your regular non-NCECA week schedules.  My first week back from NCECA has been filled with a lot of conference wrap up including jotting down notes about things to improve systems for next year, receiving and responding to a ton of emails (with more still to do), writing the NCECA survey (keep reading for more on this), and making plans […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I’m very excited to begin the year’s posting of conference content with the number one rated presentation.  (Note, if you did not mark the sessions you attended and take the survey, please do that to help me continue to update the priority on posting!) Last year, while reading the survey comments one person indicated that more topics on business for artists would be great.  That person was Melinda McCutchan, an […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is always a hustle and bustle of so many things to do all happening at once.  Decisions have to be made and it’s hard.  Fortunately, we have technology to help us soften the blow of missing things we really want to see.  For those of you who were unable to stick around after awards for the preview of the 50th anniversary video, here it is.  And stay tuned for […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As I sit in the ballroom, in the break between emerging artists presentation and closing lecture, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  Saying goodbye to NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping…  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing, in this year’s case, THREE  years of hard work come to an abrupt end is rough.  I am excited to see and […]

by Jen Chua

So here I am, sitting in a plane full of total strangers who are also going to NCECA.   And  maybe you’ve heard that I have some social anxiety issues.  But I kind of forgot all of that until I got onto the plane and was confronted by the fact that I was heading to Kansas City, and, judging by the conversation snippets, so was everyone else on this flight.  […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

20 artists from NCECA’s 2016 Invitational “Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change” created videos about their approach to the medium.  Take a few minutes and get a glimpse into these artists studios. See you Thursday evening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Arrive by 6:30 to catch Joey Watson’s performance!  

by Amanda Barr

You’ve met the board, you’ve met the staff… but do you know who’s doing all those Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumbler and Facebook posts? It’s time to meet your NCECA social media team! Amanda Barr, Social Media Director (amandambarr.com) What social media-ing do you do? A little bit of everything, but my main job is the Instagram feed. Where do you currently live/work? Seattle, Washington; I’m a resident artist at Pottery Northwest, teach Spanish […]