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 […]

by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

Another vibrant combination for our demonstrating artists is Patti Warashina.  With Lauren Grossman, they will collaborate on a singular narrative work, an amalgam of their distinct styles and techniques.  Such controlled chaos usually produces intriguing results and should not be missed. Patti Warashina, retired professor emerita from the University of Washington, has a vibrant career of narrative works celebrating and championing women.  With sly humor and graceful strength, her figures […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Listen in to a discussion from the Seattle conference between Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Wally Bivins on making meaningful art. Three Northwest ceramic sculptors who manipulate imagery in their narrative works will investigate what they strive to express and discover in creating works of ”substance”. Each will discuss the roles of passion, conviction and commitment in nurturing and maintaining an artist’s spirit and production over the course of a lifetime […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work I am currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? One of the things I really love about Lincoln, NE is an organization called Foodnet.  I volunteer there once a week.  Foodnet collects and distributes food from local businesses that is near its expiration date, […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I can’t believe I inadvertently left out one of the coolest new things about exhibitions this year when I posted my insiders guide to deciphering the shows.  The flags will help you identify the things you want to see, but what if you need help finding them in the first place?  Sure, they’ll all be in the coming NCECA App, but what about those folks without a smartphone, or the […]

by Melinda McCutchan

How many times have you looked in the top of the raku kiln to see if the glaze is bubbling yet?  It seems to take forever! I know…. I have lost bangs and part of an eyebrow with my impatience! If you are familiar with an Income Statement, (aka Profit and Loss Statement, P&L, Statement of Earnings), then you have had the same feeling! You have worked and created and […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

You may be wondering what an image of waving flags has to do with NCECA Exhibitions.  Well, I’ll tell you, but first, you must promise to share this information…not just social media share (do that too), but actually TELL your friends…(or students)….in person…verbally. OK, so several years ago, exhibitions were marked with purple flags.  It made it clear to conference goers where the venues/shows were.  As time went by, flags went missing. […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work? State College , Pa at Penn State University What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? Working with students Where did you grow up? All over.  6 different places from Long Beach, California to Westfield, New Jersey. What was your childhood nickname? Stinger How did you first find out about NCECA? Went to Super Mud […]

by Shalya Marsh

Can you spare an hour or two of your conference time to do several 30-minute critiques with some eager students? Are you an artist or ceramics professor just itching to give back?  The Student Critique Room is ready for YOU! The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday […]

by Roberto Lugo, Director-at-Large

In order to provide conference attendees more insight on the topics presented during NCECA Connections and Topical Discussions in its NEW WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TIME SLOT,    to submit blog posts that will allow us to read more about their ideas on what they will discuss at the 2015 NCECA Conference.  Today, learn more about the Social Media session, which will be led by Lisa Truax and the Public Art discussion to be led […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The Saturday after Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to talk about how very THANKFUL I am for NCECA.  I’m betting that if you are of the people taking the time to read this post, you are probably nodding your head in agreement.  For so many folks, the NCECA conference is their source of annual education, stimulation, ideation, and yes, also recreation.  Some of my closest friends are those that I see […]

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by Tony Wise

As we gather around tables across the country, our conversations with friends, family and loved ones are established around food-fueled fellowship. These conversations take place in many formats – potlucks, private dinners, big community events and quiet evenings together. Ceramic artists across the land make objects that serve as an accompaniment to these lively conversations, bringing another layer to rich traditions. But what do you do when your loved one […]

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by Casey Whittier

Exploring the impact of place on the perception of art within the context of the Kansas City Museum, this exhibition showcases a group of contemporary ceramic artists whose works offer insight into the intersections between art, culture and daily life. Although diverse in their forming methods, working practices and artistic styles, Now & Then brings artists at all levels of their ceramic careers back together with their peers and mentors from CU […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

The incomparable and always informative Pete Pinnell provides food for thought for potters who make pots for food. For too long the debate of craft vs art has stymied and stigmatized the handcrafted object. Pete is going to put that argument in a headlock, make it cry “uncle” and show how they are intertwined and functionality does not negate an object’s beauty, but enhances it. You can’t serve your Thanksgiving […]

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