by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If the conference has a palpable pulse, the heartbeat is the Resource Hall.  I’m excited to tell you that we have redesigned the layout for this year to improve the flow and create a new level of interest. If you’ve been to the conference before, you probably already know the allure of the Resource Hall.  If you’re new to the NCECA experience, let me warn you that the resource hall […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Lots of folks have been asking me about this ride, and I am thrilled to be able to say that Women’s Free State Racing, which was the team Glenda raced with, will be hosting the ride. (If you missed the initial post about this ride, you can check that out here) Many cyclists who rode and raced with Glenda from this area are excited to participate and meet their “counterparts” […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

 Where do you currently live/work? I live in Los Angeles, California in the historic area called Angelino Heights, which is a neighborhood of Echo Park. It’s about 2 miles north of Downtown. I am Professor of Visual Art and head of the ceramics area at California State University, Northridge where I’ve taught for the last sixteen years.   What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Be sure to plan a day to visit nearby Lawrence, KS to take in the incredible exhibitions in this charming, arts-friendly community.  You can travel to Lawrence on your own.  It is about a 45 minute drive from the convention center.  Don’t want to drive?  Get a ticket for the Lew White Bus Tour to Lawrence (lunch included) One venue, which has been gaining national recognition for their ceramics programs, exhibitions and […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

If you’re an antiques fan, then I am sure you know that next week is New York Winter Antiques Week in New York City.  Bosting to host the most prestigious showcases of art, antiques and design in the country, collectors, curators, dealers, and design professionals will descend on the city from across the globe.  The jewel of the week is the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, which takes place […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

“The art must be strong enough to carry the message-the message alone will never carry the art.” -Richard Notkin. When I was in college, my father and I took a road trip to Syracuse to the Everson Museum to see their latest exhibition. It was there where I got to see in person, not just in a flat photograph, the work of Richard Notkin. I was astonished by his meticulous […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The greater Kansas City area is hosting over 100 exhibitions in association with NCECA.  Together with Lew White Bus Tours, our local team has put together some incredible bus routes to help you make the most of your conference experience.  The galleries & venues mounting these shows are rolling out their red carpets…(or rather, their red white & black NCECA Exhibition flags) with receptions on either Thursday or Friday night.  We are […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is excited to offer single-day pass scholarships to 100 students and 10 teachers from Kansas City area high schools. Students and teachers from schools located in the Kansas City Metro (including schools between Lawrence, KS and St. Joseph, MO) in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for the Val Cushing Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to attend the 2016 NCECA Conference for free thanks to […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work? Baltimore, MD What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Which job? I have When I was executive director of Baltimore Clayworks what I liked most was putting together partnerships that put clay in the hands of individuals who had no opportunity to experience ceramics. I loved to see the magic happen. Now that I […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

“Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995 – 2015” celebrates two decades of the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department as told by 14 regional collectors who acquired student works, often through the popular end-of-semester exhibitions. The selections demonstrate a wide range of artistic investigations, techniques, and media that have long been the hallmark of the KCAI curriculum. According to the exhibition organizer, Cary Esser, professor and chair of the KCAI […]

by Owen Dearing

Greetings fellow potters and lovers of clay! Just a quick reminder that the ClayStories event, which will be held on the evening of Thursday March 17th, during the 50th Annual NCECA conference, is still accepting applications for story tellers. If you are interested in having 5 minutes on stage to tell a story related to clay, we are interested in possibly having you be one of our speakers! In addition […]

by Roberto Lugo, Director-at-Large

We are currently in an era of art where “anything goes”, so how and why do we address craft in today’s climate? The roots of ceramics are deeply founded in the history of craft. So much so, that it is still debated if ceramics should be a fine art or craft. Granted most in academia classify ceramics as fine art, nevertheless it is often assessed on the technical craftsmanship of […]

by Tony Wise

Many, many thanks to each and every person who shared their work on the Across the Table, Across the Land webapp! We are in Portland right now, working through the submissions and developing the exhibition component of the project. The range of projects and stories are fantastic, and it is truly a pleasure working through the submissions. All submissions we received are posted in the webapp, visit here to see […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Welcome back from the long holiday break, and welcome to 2016!  NCECA is closer than you might think and despite the freezing temperatures, things are really heating up in the Greater Kansas City Area!  One of the wonderful things about our conference is all the vast opportunities that surround it.  Exhibitions all over the region pop up in all sorts of unexpected places and whole communities gain a greater understanding of […]