by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

Demonstrating Artists: This one definitely falls into the Mentor category. Artists, who have taught, shared and inspired generations of ceramic artists. Think of those workshop veterans with strong portfolios and that brand name recognition. These are the heroes who have dedicated a lifetime to clay. The people, who we as artists aspire to be, to emulate their studio habits and find inspiration in their endurance and continued brilliance. Is there […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

This is the quick and dirty portion of our conference. 30 minutes to share the best tip, technique or surface treatment with an adoring and packed room. This is not a demonstrating artist or workshop venue, but may hopefully lead to such opportunities in the artist’s future. The Process Room is about distilling your brilliance into a potent delivery. And then we repeat that awesomeness, 7-8 times in a day, […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

One week left to submit your proposals for NCECA 2016 in Kansas City! It is the fiftieth anniversary of our NCECA conference. Yep, the big 5-0! Our theme is Makers, Mentors and Milestones; take time to reflect on how far we have come and where we are headed and put forth your ideas for the conference. We are makers united by a mercurial material. We shape the clay: taking an […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is  very excited to share a session from the extremely popular Process Room.  For those of you who don’t already know, “Lively Experiments” marked the 3rd year of this popular aspect of NCECA Conference.  Each year, this “attraction” has grown, and we realize that many sessions were not just “standing room only”, but at several sessions, the fire marshall was actually barring people from entering the room.  NCECA is thrilled with the […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The NCECA Survey closed last night.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to give us feedback.  I’ll be calculating all of the objective data, crunching numbers and preparing a complete report for the upcoming board meeting.  I’ll also be reading each and every one of the comments that were left and sharing that with the board as well. And of course, I’ll share it all with you all here […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Almost everything made today is done so digitally, as to look polished and perfect. Companies like Apple and Sony have strived to create products that have no seams and appear robotically made. For a ceramicist, using the wheel allows you to erase any evidence of the human hand. Building by hand, the artist shows the fingerprints in the work- something Apple can and will never be able to do. Sachs […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Jay Lacouture honored the life and memory of Gerry Williams at the 2015 Conference in Providence.  If you don’t know much about Gerry, take a few moments to be inspired by his life and work as told by Jay in the 12 minute video below .

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by Amanda Barr

NCECA is looking for media-savvy volunteers to populate our social media team. You’d be joining our current Social Media Director, Amanda Barr (that’s me, hello!) in administering the digital/social community of NCECA year-round. If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved, here it is! We want your skills at Blogging, Tweeting, Pinning, Facebooking and more! Call closes on May 15th, 2015. The chosen members will be informed by May 30th.   Conference press […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If you are a member of the NCECA Facebook Group, you may have already seen my intermittent reporting on the NCECA survey results as they have been coming in.  (If you haven’t already taken the survey, by the way, you can take it here.) One of the big pieces of demographic information I’ve been watching is the question that relates to academic affiliation. Most people know that NCECA was formed […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

There is a crisis in our educational system today. This talk from the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, RI, is about how clay has the potential to address this crisis. When ceramics is taught from both a philosophical and interdisciplinary perspective it has unlimited pedagogical applications. This talk addressed how clay can inform the way we teach. Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts at Penn State University.  […]

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by Maret Miller

Written By: Harry Levenstein Just as there is an art to working with clay, there is also one to working with clay in a more sustainable way. Here at the NCECA Green Task Force we are continually working to bring awareness to the increasing importance of sustainability in our lives as artists and makers. In no particular order, here are our top 10 tips for reducing studio waste: 1. Sponge washin’ is […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Jack Troy’s closing lecture at the 2015 Conference was full of wonderful stories about a life in clay. He spoke with wisdom about aesthetic experiences one moment and with humor about his brother’s tonsils in a jar the next.  He recounted memories of his first teacher, and the years when he and several fellow ceramics folk were “creating a past for NCECA.”  He divided the room into two groups, earth potters and […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

It’s raining here in Kansas, and I’m sitting here, at work, in my office listening to the thunderstorms outside while writing this.   Shhh, don’t tell my boss!   (In reality, I couldn’t have a boss more supportive of NCECA, but maybe I’ll talk more about my mom another time.)   And don’t worry, next year’s conference will be over before tornado season begins. I love writing this Saturday series […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Are you in need of serious hashtagging help?  (Are you now scratching your head and wondering for the umpteenth time what the heck a hashtag is?).  Or are you already dialed in to face-twit-stagram but want to better understand how to use Etsy or Pinterest?  At the 2015 NCECA Conference in Providence, 4 ceramics industry folk shared their views on social media and you can now view that here on […]