by Paul Sacaridiz, President-Elect

In selecting our keynote for this year’s conference, the NCECA board was looking to be strategic in identifying someone that could speak to our field in ways that made connections between food, objects and community. There are a host of reasons for this decision, not the least of which having to do with an exciting nationwide project that we will be unveiling in Providence and taking place in the year […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Held annually, this exhibition (formally known as the “Regional Student Juried Exhibition”) showcases undergraduate and graduate student work. In 2010, the NCECA Student Juried Exhibition expanded to a NATIONAL competition.  The jurors for this year’s exhibition were Ryan LaBar and Magdalene Odundo. Ryan LaBar grew up in Great Falls Montana. He received a degree in Biology and Art from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In 1999, he moved to Helena, Montana […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As I sitting here, watching the Oscars, I am thinking about our own upcoming awards.  While we don’t keep it top secret until the envelope is opened, these awards are the similar to the Academy Awards in that they are the most prestigious in our field.  Here, I will provide the briefest of introductions to these phenomenal figures in our field.  But this tiny tidbit is merely designed to entice you […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

So usually I leave the food and other area points of interest to the locals, but after visiting Providence twice, I have found a few favorites of my own.  I really had to think twice about whether to share them though, because I worry that they might become so popular that I can’t get a table!  So, as you read this, keep in mind that if I show up at one […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I recently had a request for a “who’s who” guide to NCECA: How about a post on Faces to watch? – NCECA board members – maybe the 4 to 8 most important and or well known faces. A headshot and job description – Celebrity Potters – who’s teaching at NCECA this year, and what do they look like? (For example, I so know Bede Clark’s pots but I’m not sure […]

by Jessica Shaykett & Perry Price

Legacy is something every one of us has considered at some point in our lives. How will the work I’m creating at this moment live on? Who will tell my story? This is a particularly pressing matter for ceramic artists who create objects that exist for eons, yet whose individual stories can fade with time. Oral history interviews, when properly conducted and archived, can provide remarkable insight into an artist’s […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In our fast-paced world full of cross-country and even cross-world communications via the world wide web, there are a few who find deep connections in the terra firma.  David Peters embraces the earth as a partner in the creation of his work.  He utilizes geological survey maps and other tools to find deposits of clay throughout Montana, prepares these clays for pottery use, and then makes ware utilizing traditional methods.  Hear […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I am VERY excited to share with you some details of this year’s Randall Session.  Make no mistake about it, this is an event you will NOT want to miss!  First, you have to go check out their website.  No, really, right now.  go ahead it opens in as separate window/tab, so you can come right back here.  I’ll wait…I’ll just listen to this selection from their YouTube channel, “Music of […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If there’s one thing you’ll find at NCECA, it’s pottery!  Cups, bowls, mugs, and more!  As a conference attendee, you have several incredible opportunities to share your own work and build your own collection of work from other members!  To start off the fun, on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am until 5:00 pm, drop off your cup donations for the 23rd Annual Cup Sale! All donated cups will be considered for the […]

by Jen Chua

If you’ve been looking for offerings at NCECA that speak directly to the student experience, your search is over!  This year’s Student Perspective room once again brings another opportunity to Ooh and Aah, to reinvigorate your practice, and send you home with a renewed sense of focus and energy for living a fully immersive life in clay.   Here are a few “itineraries” to get you started. Are you…  … […]

by Amanda Barr

Friday night I had the opportunity to attend the opening of 2014 NCECA Emerging Artist Lauren Mabry’s solo show, Passages, at Belger Crane Yard Red Star Studios in Kansas City, and she was kind enough to take a moment out of her busy night to speak to me about her experiences as an emerging artist. Lauren’s first NCECA exposure came in 2002, when she participated in the annual K-12 show. In […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Welcome back!  This week, I’ll be returning to the topic of exhibitions and transportation.  Bus Tours were discussed in detail in Issue 1 and Issue 2 of this blog column.  This week, we look at SHUTTLES.  Unlike the Bus TOURS, shuttles run a continuous loop and you can hop on and hop off at any time.  Spend as long as you like at each stop!  Just remember, the bus does NOT wait for […]

by Garth Johnson, Director-at-Large

My name is Garth Johnson… and I have a problem with books. Specifically, buying and collecting them. Every year I come back from NCECA with a backbreaking load of books that I hadn’t previously heard about. Last year’s treasure was a fantastic Waylande Gregory catalog that was released by University of Richmond to document a 2013 exhibition of Gregory’s work. The research and writing was fantastic—along with archival photos documenting […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

A few weeks ago, Amanda Barr shared a sneak peek of “The Social (Media) Experiment”.   Today, we are treated to a more insight into the topics that will be covered in this much-anticipated panel.  Enjoy a glimpse of what’s to come with this transcript of a conversation between Justin Rothshank & Craig Hartenberger (reposted here, with permission, from Craig’s blog).  Let us hear YOUR thoughts on social media here in the comments!  Utilizing social media allows an […]