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 […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Around the year 2000, An amazing group of individuals with a passion for Ceramic Art Education formed the K-12 Clay Exhibition, with a commitment and desire to advance the field of ceramics and the art of teaching clay.  In the years that followed, this exhibition has grown exponentially.  Scholarships and awards for both teachers and students are funded by manufacturers, institutions, suppliers, and individuals.  Over $50,000 will be available for this year’s […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work? I live in Mount Morris, in rural Western New York.  The town is on the edge of letchworth state park which is often likened to the grand canyon of the east. Mount Morris is the home of Francis Bellamy, the author of the pledge of allegiance, and often as I drive past his home I am reminded of how I recited that every morning as […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Last year, NCECA members donated over ONE THOUSAND CUPS to the annual NCECA cup sale.  I think we can increase that number this year.  Richard Wehrs, cup show coordinator extraordinare (and maker of awesome cups) is already hard at work in his studio making some cups with serious character.  Who’s joining him? Need more enticement?  A decade ago, NCECA established the “Cups of Merit” Commission Award to recognize outstanding craftsmanship and artistic […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In her article in the 2015 NCECA Journal, Kelly O’Briant writes Individuals develop habits, patterns, and rituals that ultimately expose much about the human condition.  These practices exist within our communication, our daily routines, and even our relationships.  I am intrigued by the patterns and habits that are revealed through the placement and combination of everyday objects in our intimate spaces, such as the casual distribution of breakfast dishes across […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

With the start of the new year, I start to shuffle through all my receipts and attempt to make sense of my organizational system, which looks a lot like my cats do my filing for me. They do love paperwork. Sitting on it. Many of us clay artists gravitate towards the material for its tangible goodness, the tactile reward of dedication and skill. Numbers don’t always possess that satisfaction. At […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

For many, part of their graduate assistantship involves teaching others.  Or perhaps you have survived the gauntlet of Student Teaching and are now an actual teacher. This can be invigorating for some and intimidating for others.  Suddenly being the person who has all the answers can make your brain shut down. Standing up in front of strangers and imparting information and skills can give anyone sweaty palms, and that can […]

by Tony Wise

Across the Table is hosting Pots in Action again this week! For this challenge, Michael and Namita are interested in who is across the table as much as what is on your table! Special thanks to Ayumi Horie for the invitation – and support for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary project, Across the Table, Across the Land! For this holiday week – from Monday, December 21 through end of Saturday, December 26 […]

by Jill Oberman

As our upcoming 50th Anniversary Conference is upon us, so to is NCECA Board election season. This year, elections will be held just prior to the conference to fill vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large. Embarking on our THIRD year with electronic voting, NCECA has yet again made a few changes to our online voting system. Responding to input from our members, […]

by Roberto Lugo, Director-at-Large

Hello NCECA Members, I wanted to share with you my excitement about the 2016 NCECA Conference, in particular Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections. This year our Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections will help to kickstart the conference and will all be held on Wednesday. This will ensure that conferences goers will be able to engage in the robust conversation NCECA offers right from the start! This year we have a […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work I currently live in Carbondale, CO, and I rent studio space with over 20 other local artists at SAW (Studio for Arts and Works). What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Carbondale is an amazing town to be a maker. There are many great artists who live in our valley, and we are all […]