by Amanda Barr

I consider myself lucky. I was born at exactly the right time, in my opinion. The technology boom started to hit stride as I was in high school and college, making it easy for me to adopt easily. My relationship with social media started with my first email account, spreading to AIM, AOL’s instant messaging app, which was all anyone used before texting became affordable on phones. I dabbled in […]

by Jill Foote-Hutton

Confident posture. Direct gaze. An assured knowing her handshake will be firm. The word TRUE comes to mind. TRUE in the sense of direction or plumb. While “earthy” is not an apt description, “grounded” certainly is. Lauren Mabry is a bright, young smile giving us a crooked wink. Her works have been placed alongside Peter Voulkos, Richard Notkin, and Steven Young Lee in American Art Collector. Her work has been paired in […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Professor Yoshiro Ikeda, my mentor from Kansas State University, passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age 67. I felt gut-wrenching pain as his urn was buried underground. I loved him like my own father. Words cannot express respect and gratitude I have toward this man. Sparkles in his eyes continue to encourage me as I work in the studio. It is okay to pour our heart into things we […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi NCECA Friends! On map number 9 is the Convention Center, The Hilton is located across the street from the Convention Center, and further down the block is Providence Place Mall. The Mall has a variety of chain restaurants that are known for particularly great happy hours. The drinks are good and the deals on the food are amazing. Happy Hour deals only take place in the lounge, and bar […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Garth Johnson, Director-at-Large

I LOVE the New York Ceramics Fair. There’s nothing in the world quite like it. As vibrant and exciting as NCECA and the world of contemporary studio ceramics is, I’m always excited when something comes along to put our world in ceramics. NCECA is part of a 10,000 (plus) year ceramic continuum. The circle of artists, educators and collectors that we deal with is but a small part of the […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi NCECA Friends! I figured a map of City Center would be most helpful in explaining where some of these hot spots are for restaurants, museums, bars and fun shops! Number 9, is the Convention Center. Most places are a 15-20 minute walk from the convention center. If you are hoping to make it up to Thayer Street,  you may take a cab, drive or take the bus. For today […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Paul Sacaridiz, President-Elect

Reposted from Paul Kotula Projects “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Tony Hepburn, influential artist, educator, writer, mentor and friend. He died on January 5, 2015 at his home in Chicago, IL. Born September 9, 1942 in Manchester, England, Tony Hepburn attended Camberwell College of Art receiving his N.D.D. in 1963 and later attended London University earning his A.T.D. in 1965. He recalls his early study […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hey there NCECA friends! My name is Lauren Skelly, I’m a current graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design, in the ceramics program. I am very excited to be your Resident Foodie and Rhody guide for this year’s NCECA. My goal every week is to post 2-3 sweet/savory spots from around town along with some helpful tips about Providence and hopefully through your feedback answer any Rhody questions you […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

NCECA is excited to announce a second international residency opportunity.  NCECA Members are eligible to apply to spend 4 weeks in Taiwan: Welcome to Yingge Ceramics Museum! With Rich ceramics tradition and thriving ceramics business, we are eager to stimulate the public’s interest and attention in ceramics, promote Yingge ceramic enterprises and local image, and encourage international culture exchange. Furthermore, we survey, gather, preserve, and maintain Taiwanese ceramic culture for […]

by Jane Shellenbarger, Director at Large

c.r.e.t.a. rome is honored to have been chosen for the 2015 NCECA International Residency Partner Programs. c.r.e.t.a. rome is offering a 6-week residency to the selected ceramic artist between April 2015 and March 2016. Approximate total cost for a six-week residency is $3750.00. c.r.e.t.a. rome will provide up to $1500 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; materials, firing […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Maret Miller

  Dawn Soltysiak began firing her pottery kilns with the help of solar panels. She explains how a small change can make a big difference for sustainability.   Owner/artist Dawn Soltysiak operates the 30-acre sustainable farm, where she runs Khnemu Studio and fires her kilns on solar power. Visitors to Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, about forty-five miles southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, would likely note the typical Midwestern rural […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As a board member, I donate my time to NCECA throughout the year.  The “work” I do for this organization never feels like work, because I am surrounded by 16 other volunteer board members and 6 staff members, all of whom put their heart and soul into this organization.  It is truly a rewarding experience.  I love NCECA. I saw some billboards the other day with the image you see above. […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

When making your travel plans for this year’s conference, be sure to include Saturday’s programming in your itinerary!  One of the highlights of the day is sure to be treasured potter, Jack Troy, who will be delivering this year’s closing lecture. From 10:35am-11:35am in the Ballroom, Troy will be speaking on the topic of Anecdotal Evidence: “For myself,” wrote Stanley Kunitz,”I have come to believe that the most wonderful thing to tell is […]

Read More 0 like Comments Off
by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) The NCECA podcast has returned!  With big thanks to Ben Carter for all of his expertise and assistance, NCECA has been releasing a variety of episodes for our members to enjoy!  This season premiered in September with an episode recorded live at the 2014 Conference in Milwaukee, Igniting the Workshop Circuit.  Since then, we have made available Episode 18, Factory as Studio a panel moderated by […]

Read More 1 likes Comments Off