by Steve Hilton

Calling all undergraduate and graduate ceramic students’ PROFESSORS! Dear Ceramics Professors, as you know being a full-time student often prohibits one’s ability to have a full-time job. And, as professors we often hear students who have great ideas, but do not know how to fund them.   The question of the moment . . . Where can students find the resources to support their artistic endeavors? What if I were to […]

by Steve Branfman & James Watkins

Dear Clay Friends: If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2018! For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2018 in Pittsburgh PA, I have some exciting news to share. We’re inviting you to join hosts Steven Branfman and James Watkins along with some outstanding clay people for an […]

by Steve Hilton

As you consider heading to Pittsburgh for CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, NCECA’s 52nd conference, please help us to identify those individuals who have brought the culture of clay to where it is today. Our community has the opportunity and responsibility to honor, recognize and acknowledge individuals in the field who have made incredible contributions. These are folks who have left a lasting impact and legacy with their work, service, teaching/mentorship or outstanding projects. […]

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by Joe Molinaro

It doesn’t seem fair.  It never does.  The death of a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor…no matter who it is in our lives the loss is always felt hard and deep.  So was the case with our dear friend, Elmer Craig, who passed away on August 31st in his sleep in Lexington, Kentucky just 12 days shy of his 85th birthday.  To say his passing is sad is indeed an […]

by Brandon Schnur

A little reminder to everyone that is planning to apply for the fellowships NCECA offers, Project proposals are due Oct. 25 for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $1,800 each are available) and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $2,000 each are available). Two letters of recommendation are required with each application; we strongly suggest that you submit your proposal in […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Now entering its third year, Blinc20:20 is becoming an exciting piece of programming at the annual conference.  This image-driven visually impacting short-form presentation provides a perfect platform for professors, students, international artists, or just about anyone who wants to be a part of the conference program. Not too long ago, I was chatting with a local college professor, who was lamenting that getting funding from the university to attend the conference is becoming […]

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by Naomi Clement

The NCECA Student Show (NSJE) application deadline is September 27th Are you a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-bac student in the United States? Stop procrastinating, and apply now for the National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE)! This year’s exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2018 conference Crosscurrents: Clay and Culture at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, March 9 – April 22, 2018. Take the opportunity to have your […]

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by Brandon Schnur

Another year of classes brings with it the seemingly endless studying, cups and cups of coffee and the ever-brilliant critiques, whether you love or loath it, each student slowly steps closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I know you can endure, you know you can endure, yet we deserve that oasis along the endless trek towards our degree. NCECA is that oasis! Who would have thought […]

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by Holly Hanessian, President-Elect

I’m having my morning coffee on a very pleasant 68 degree September morning. Tomorrow hurricane Irma is coming to where I live. We are ready but the uncertainty and anxiety of the aftermath is another thing altogether. Many of us who live near the Gulf of Atlantic coastal waters in the Southeast have experienced hunkering down, and the days of watching and hearing about the weather from every source, our […]

by Naomi Clement

With the start of school fast approaching (and already begun for some of you), we want to make sure that you know about all of the fantastic NCECA opportunities available for students working with ceramics in higher education. There are lots of ways to get involved, show your work, present your research, and even get funding for your project, so be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar. DEADLINE EXTENDED! […]

by Maret Miller

Written by Harry Levenstein – IG:@harrison_lev The smell of sustainability was in the air this year at NCECA Portland! With topical discussions on ceramics and climate change, reducing our carbon footprint as makers, renewable energy options in our studios, and even firing kilns with repurposed vegetable oil! At the Green Task Force booth, Robert Harrison signed copies of his “book that every studio should have,” Sustainable Ceramics. University of Oregon had […]

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by Joshua Green, Executive Director

It may be that the craft arts have become so important these last several decades because we have lost our imagination for a living reciprocity with earth. We need to reimagine the reality of that connection. Putting hands-on helps. ~ Paulus Berensohn From the age of about four, Paulus Berensohn knew that he wanted to dance. Initially, his parents resisted until a close friend admonished his mother, “But Edith, to […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The deadline for galleries to apply for the NCECA Gallery Expo is June 21.  You can find all the details and apply through the blurb and link below.   But first, we caught up with NCECA Director-at-Large, Russell Wrankle, who manages the expo while he was on a hike.  Take two minutes to listen to Wrankle’s wise words…. Gallery Expo Call    

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by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

2018 NCECA Annual  Visual Voices: Truth Narratives It is time to pull your images and your narratives together for NCECA’s 2018 Annual Exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, our national juried invitational, curated by Winnie Owns Hart, educator, artist, filmmaker, author and critical thinker in matters of clay, art and culture.  Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to put your clay story in front of a broad audience during the 2018 […]

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