by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The Process Room at Material World, NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee consisted of 16 different artists demonstrating specific ceramic techniques/processes within 30 minutes.   In this second year of the popular conference feature, we added a camera and sound equipment so that we can provide the content online!  Below, check out a condensed video of the popular session with Mark Cole on using wax resist for layering glazes, and be sure […]

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by Jill Foote-Hutton

“What separates human from animal? What borders exist between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the repugnant, the living and dying, the animate and inanimate?” So reads the anchor of Lindsay Pichaske’s thesis, and it’s a good anchor to keep in mind when viewing her latest offerings that were on display last month at Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Like so many contemporary artists, the natural world […]

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by briankohl

Written By: Seth Czaplewski Living in the West paper is constantly being given to me whether I like it or not. Receipts, junk mail, old drawings, and advertisements. There is no stopping it. I probably would have recycled if it were available, but it isn’t where I live, and that challenged me to find a use for my waste paper. Being a ceramic sculptor, pushing the scale of my work […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA has just released a 40-minute video on YouTube documenting Virtual Realities, Material World, one of the most popular panel presentations from NCECA’s 2014 Conference in Milwaukee. This session included presentations by Ben Carter, Carlole Epp, Michael Kline and Adam Field. Go take a look and learn how your peers in the clay world are using social media to advance their work, connect with audiences and sustain vibrant professional networks.  Check […]

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by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

Calling all clay artists!  It is time to get your application together for the 2015 NCECA Biennial! Our esteemed jurors Linda Christianson, Anders Ruhwald and Jo-Ann Conklin are looking forward to seeing your work and putting together a thoughtful and compelling exhibition for Lively Experiments in Providence, R.I.   Don’t wait until the last day to apply!  The deadline is July 1.  Produced by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, The […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Your NCECA Board will be meeting this week in Providence to start planning the programming for our 49th annual meeting.  We are excited to review the MANY proposals we received.  (A nearly 75% increase over proposals submitted last year!  WOW!)  While we are hard at work on conference plans and other business.  Enjoy these Fun Facts about Providence, Rhode Island! (Big thanks to Lauren Skelly for putting this together!) Also be sure to […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Check out 10 more of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary, selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image for details. ALLEGHANY MEADOWS Alleghany […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Check out 10 more of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary, selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image for details. MOLLY HATCH Born […]

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by Jill Foote-Hutton

The initial and easy assessment of Zimra Beiner the person? Mind you, “easy” means from a distance. Watching someone who is naturally engulfed in observing his world and is not particularly concerned with how the world is observing him will leave one with an impression revealing more about one’s own peccadillos than the reality of who Beiner is and what actually motivates his studio practice. So what is really going […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Check out 10 more of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary, selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image for details. BEN CARTER Ben […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Feast your eyes on 10 of the 50 plates for sale to benefit NCECA’s 50th Anniversary.  Selected by Simon Levin and generously donated by 50 artists who believe in NCECA’s mission.  Although several of these plates have already been sold and are enjoying their new homes, you still have an opportunity to own a beautiful piece of artwork while simultaneously benefiting NCECA.  Click on any plate image to go directly […]

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by Kathy Maves

The best part about NCECA, for me as a first-time attender, was not all the ceramic work, people, and presentations that I knew I would see. All of those things were good. But the best part was the surprises.  Most of those surprises came to me while looking through the many exhibitions. I often found myself thinking, “This is a great. I can’t believe that I love this.” The question that […]

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by Heidi McKenzie

Theaster Gates entered into my consciousness on November 20, 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. His presentation, “Time is Longer Than the Rope” was a startlingly brief 20-minute performance. Gates delivered a powerful multi-layered message complete with inferences to I-ching, ‘the hoodoo of the postmodern’ and offered up alternative ways to engage African art with the western (read white) canon of art. The audience was primarily composed […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

A few weeks ago, we announced our  “Set the Table with Plates for NCECA’s 50th” Fundraiser.  However, in the midst of the pre-conference excitement, we realize some of our members may have missed this announcement: Simon Levin has selected fifty fabulous folk to provide plates precisely for the purpose of fiftieth anniversary fundraising. Do not fret, for the plates have just been made available for sale today, so you have […]

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