by Holly Jones

“In the world of everything that is already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.” Bobby Tso’s approach to forms in the post-industrial world is both whimsical and sophisticated. His curiosity is delightful and child-like. His level of intensity and skill are awe inspiring. I had as much fun watching his peers view his work in Kansas City […]

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by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2017 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections. This year the jury was comprised of Kim Dickey, Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, Tony Marsh, Professor- California State University- Long Beach, and Jane Shellenbarger, Assistant Professor-Rochester Institute of Technology. The Six selected Artists:   […]

by Naomi Clement

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself! I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives […]

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by Jill Oberman

Not only is our upcoming conference upon us, we find ourselves in need of new Board members for the 2017-2020 term. So, it is election time again for NCECA, and we hope all of our members will participate by casting their vote to help us fill our soon-to-be vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. It is now our fourth year with electronic […]

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by Betsy Redelman

Hey Clay Lovers! NCECA is right around the corner. We know you’re already laying out your conference outfits and figuring out a game plan for how to be first in line at the cup sale this year– BUT! There’s another bandwagon you should be jumping on. …Well, more of a bus actually. Here’s the run-down of the top-notch bus tours NCECA has going this year– The Portland Suburban Tour * This tour will take […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is excited to announce that we have FOUR compilations of the 2016 Process Room sessions available for immediate delivery via digital download!  Each compilation contains the best of instruction and demonstration from four sessions and is approximately 40 minutes in length.  Buy one video for only $19.99 or save $5.00 and get the set of four compilations for $74.99. NCECA members can save 20% off using the code ncecamember. Click here […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

We are thrilled to share that 4 full-length videos of the 2016 Demonstrator Duos are complete and will be on sale and ready for you to take home from the 2017 conference in Portland!  Here’s a glimpse of what you will get:            

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by Josh Berkus

Arriving in Portland Visitors flying in will arrive at PDX Airport, consistently rated the best airport in the USA (and for good reason). It has a wide array of locally-owned, reasonably-priced food options, so plan to take meals there if you happen to arrive at lunch or dinner. It also has a distillery shop (yes, really). Outside security, there’s also a branch of Real Mother Goose Art Gallery, Powell’s Books, […]

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by Naomi Clement

Mentors Needed For Student Critique Room! NCECA is currently recruiting mentors for our Student Critique room at the Portland conference. How it works: Mentors volunteer for one or more 30 minute time slots, when they will be available to meet one-on-one with students to give them a critique of their work. Students come prepared with digital images of their work for the critique. Students and mentors then have 30 minutes […]

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by Josh Berkus

Hopefully you’ve already booked your accommodations for NCECA, as many hotels are already booked up.  In case you haven’t, or in case you’re looking for alternatives, this article will provide you with some ideas and information. The first thing to understand is that the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is located on the East side of the Willamette River, just across the water from downtown Portland.  The area adjacent to the […]

by Steve Branfman & Lee Burningham

Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!! The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum […]

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by Naomi Clement

Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! We are currently looking for people to volunteer an hour or two of their conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with eager students!  The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be […]

by Hideo Mabuchi

Today’s featured image shows a low-magnification SEM view of the cone 8 reduction cooled sample we introduced two weeks ago.  If you compare today’s image with the camera image from that post, you should be able to see that the brighter red patches in the camera image correspond to the more highly textured parts of today’s SEM image.  In upcoming posts we’ll show higher magnification SEM images to examine their […]

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by Hideo Mabuchi

In last week’s post we introduced a new surface sample of a high-iron stoneware piece by Dan Murphy that was wood fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured post shows a close-up image of this sample taken with a high power optical microscope under bright, direct illumination.  At the end of this post you can find a high resolution graphic that shows the location of this microscope image in relation to […]

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