by Amanda Barr

Phew! Providence flew right on past without stopping. This year was amazing; conference-goers posted more photos on social media this year than ever before, and the beat goes on! Follow the hashtag #nceca2015 on Instagram to catch up on conference content and to see what artists are doing with knowledge and insights gained in Providence. Keep the trend going by using #nceca2015 and happy making!

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I confess…I am only one person, and I still haven’t figured out how to squeeze in 28 hours of work into a 24 hour day. THANKFULLY, I received several offers from conference attendees to help with getting content online!  One of those offers was even from a first-time conference attendee, Paul Lyzun.  He volunteered his time to put together the audio and powerpoint from the Stories Potters Tell session.  Thanks […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, the 2016 NCECA Invitational will be on exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from February 12– May 8, 2016. The exhibition will take place in conjunction with Makers, Mentors and Milestones, the 50thAnnual NCECA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16 – March 19, 2016. Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change is an exhibition that explores connections between art, social issues and process in contemporary ceramics. Curators Leigh Taylor Mickelson […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The NCECA survey awaits!   This will take only 5-10 minutes of your time, and will be extremely helpful to the NCECA board and staff in planning the next conference.   Please let us hear your thoughts, ideas, and even (hopefully constructive) criticisms. Our survey will only be open for 2 weeks.  Then the results will be compiled, analyzed, used for planning future conference and also published right here on […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Regrettably, tonight’s NCECA/92Y online event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control.  We will be working tenaciously to reschedule this session.  92Y has already contacted anyone that was already registered for the event.  Please stay tuned to the blog for details on the rescheduled date.   In the meantime, you might enjoy watching the 2014 Conference Roundtable, in which Bill was a participant.

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

With the hustle and bustle of the conference finished, I was able to sit down and edit the amazing lecture that Heidi McKenzie presented to a packed room on Thursday morning in Providence.  This session was so popular that we scrambled to make the audio available online, and had it up, unedited, about 4 hours later, but the raw audio file is only part of the presentation.  And as I sat […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Welcome home NCECA friends!   I hope you are all re-adjusting to your regular non-NCECA week schedules.  My first week back from NCECA has been filled with a lot of conference wrap up including jotting down notes about things to improve systems for next year, receiving and responding to a ton of emails (with more still to do), writing the NCECA survey, and making plans for what to do with […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The next NCECA/92Y Virtual Clay Lecture with Bill Strickland begins at 7 p.m., eastern on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Keep the clay dialog going… Click here to learn more and register today* NCECA members can use the code NCECA92Y for a 20% discount. Participation requires free download and installation of Fuze software. ** Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild reflects on his personal journey in ceramics and the enterprise […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

On Saturday Morning, following Jack Troy’s closing lecture, the member’s meeting reconvened.  Programs Director, Steve Hilton, presented several recognitions and awards, including awards for the National Student Juried Exhibition, graduate and undergraduate fellowships and our cups of merit awards.  Additionally, we took a moment to say goodbye to several NCECA board members, including our Providence Onsites, Jay Lacouture and Larry Bush, one of our Directors-at-Large, Garth Johnson, and our Programs Director, […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Following last night’s blog post of the Emerging Artist speech by Roberto Lugo, we now offer reflections from the other end of the spectrum….the author of The Ceramic Spectrum, (and many other books..and please pardon the pun), the marvelous and treasured, Robin Hopper. While Robin wasn’t able to join us in person at the conference this year, he did make a cyber appearance at the Clay Stories event, which was Thursday night […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In his article, Finding One’s Wheel, which appears on page 27-28 of the 2015 NCECA Journal, Roberto Lugo described himself as a “potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet and educator.”   I believe I would add “inspiration,” “mentor” and “ceramics rockstar” to that list.  Additionally, he wrote:  I have a dream where I can change the world by making pots, showing others how to make pots, and by bringing those very […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As I sit in room 553, eating my first actual lunch this week and waiting for the open board meeting to begin, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  I’m also enjoying/lamenting the snow falling outside.  Saying goodbye to the NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping on the plane.  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing a full year of hard work […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Heidi McKenzie’s Lecture “The Basics of Business in the Arts” was standing room only!  In an effort to provide this incredible content to hungry conference-goers (and members that couldn’t make it), we are publishing the unedited audio of this session here.  We invite you to give it a listen, and stay tuned for more conference content to start hitting the blog as soon as the NCECA communications team catches up […]

by Lauren Skelly

Hi There NCECA Friends! Maybe there are some party animals amongst us! Maybe you’re looking for some good music, drinks and company? Here’s several places to stop by this week! Dinner & Dancing: Circe – Weybosset St. across from the Arcade Xo Cafe – North Main Street, next to Harry’s Burger Bar Local 121 – Washington St. near the Biltmore  The Dorrance: 60 Dorrance St.     Drinks & Dancing: Whiskey Republic […]

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