by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I’m very excited to begin the year’s posting of conference content with the number one rated presentation.  (Note, if you did not mark the sessions you attended and take the survey, please do that to help me continue to update the priority on posting!) Last year, while reading the survey comments one person indicated that more topics on business for artists would be great.  That person was Melinda McCutchan, an […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

NCECA is always a hustle and bustle of so many things to do all happening at once.  Decisions have to be made and it’s hard.  Fortunately, we have technology to help us soften the blow of missing things we really want to see.  For those of you who were unable to stick around after awards for the preview of the 50th anniversary video, here it is.  And stay tuned for […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As I sit in the ballroom, in the break between emerging artists presentation and closing lecture, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  Saying goodbye to NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping…  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing, in this year’s case, THREE  years of hard work come to an abrupt end is rough.  I am excited to see and […]

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by Jen Chua

So here I am, sitting in a plane full of total strangers who are also going to NCECA.   And  maybe you’ve heard that I have some social anxiety issues.  But I kind of forgot all of that until I got onto the plane and was confronted by the fact that I was heading to Kansas City, and, judging by the conversation snippets, so was everyone else on this flight.  […]

by Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Exhibitions Director

20 artists from NCECA’s 2016 Invitational “Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change” created videos about their approach to the medium.  Take a few minutes and get a glimpse into these artists studios. See you Thursday evening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Arrive by 6:30 to catch Joey Watson’s performance!  

by Amanda Barr

You’ve met the board, you’ve met the staff… but do you know who’s doing all those Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumbler and Facebook posts? It’s time to meet your NCECA social media team! Amanda Barr, Social Media Director (amandambarr.com) What social media-ing do you do? A little bit of everything, but my main job is the Instagram feed. Where do you currently live/work? Seattle, Washington; I’m a resident artist at Pottery Northwest, teach Spanish […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

We are thrilled to share news of the extremely popular NCECA Gallery Expo, a featured element of the organization’s 50th annual conference, Mentors, Makers & Milestones, which takes place in Kansas City, at Bartle Hall. At NCECA’s Gallery Expo, you will find and be able to purchase exceptional finished ware from top galleries across the country. A public reception where you can even meet many of the artists will open […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Hello from Kansas City!  We are making our final preparations here and are excited to welcome around 6,000 clay lovers to Kansas City!!!!  It looks like we are going to be blessed with pretty good spring weather for the conference, so pack accordingly!  If you haven’t downloaded the NCECA App yet, what are you waiting for? • I strongly recommend that you vote in the NCECA Board Member Election before […]

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by Garth Johnson

One of the highlights of NCECA is the distinguished lecture, which connects a prominent scholar or other critical voice with our audience.  For the past few years, the distinguished lecture has been graciously supported by the Chipstone Foundation, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that extends the boundaries of the decorative arts. Thanks to the Chipstone Foundation, this year’s distinguished lecturer is Jenni Sorkin, who is an assistant professor of art history at […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If you’ve been a clayer for a while (descriptive term, “clayer,” courtesy Louis Katz), you have likely heard of the Cone Box Show. An juried exhibition of miniature pots, which would be adjudicated from the actual pieces while still keeping shipping and handling costs down for artist entries. The question of size limitation was easily answered given that in the 70s, when the show originated, the Orton Standard Cone Box, […]

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by Shoji Satake

It’s exciting to see how the NCECA conference evolves to meet the needs and desires of its attendees and the field of ceramics.  Premiering a new piece of programming is exhilarating but overwhelming too.  This year, NCECA has TWO brand new platforms to entertain and educate you.  In case you missed it last week the NCECA Blog shared information about Blinc 20:20.  This week, we’re telling you all about the new Clay FabLab, which […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I found myself holding my breath, eyes wide open, and honestly a bit choked up…completely overwhelmed by the experience of standing amongst about 50 pieces of ceramic art from legends…heroes….icons. Friday March 5th marked the opening of three blockbuster NCECA shows in one beautiful space.  The Leedy Voulkos Art Center is hosting NCECA’s National Student Juried Exhibition, Its Emerging Artists, and a very special, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “Shapers of the […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Mostly, thus far, I have left it to our brilliant Programs Director, Mary Cloonan, and a few other folks to tell you about programming at the conference.  Today I’m going to “steal the mic” and share a few highlights of my own.  One of the beautiful things about our conference moving around across the country is the “local flavor” that each region brings into the mix.  This is always apparent in […]

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by Jen Chua

Tongue-in-cheek sculptures, contemplative video installations, gently pinched pouring vessels, and meticulously assembled baskets – frankly, the offerings from the student population at this year’s NSJE are as surprising as they are wide-ranging in scope.  330 students submitted 1000 images for consideration, and the jurors, Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers, contemplated every single image over three rounds of elimination.  They made a decision early on to jury blindly, insisting on excellence over balanced […]