by Claudia Mooney, The Chipstone Foundation

 The Chipstone Foundation, or Chipstone for short, sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the town of Fox Point, just a few miles north of the city of Milwaukee. Driving by one might not realize that the colonial revival house is a limited access museum and home to an exemplary collection of decorative arts objects that include, among other things, colonial American furniture, as well as 17th and […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

This playlist was created through a juried list of submitted videos. The guidelines below explain what was considered in the selection process.   Guidelines for submission: 1. Anyone can submit videos for inclusion on the NCECA YouTube channel playlists. 2. Videos must follow YouTube rules and guidelines 3. Videos must contain educational content to be considered. 4. Videos that have advertisement or promotion of a product or service as a […]

by Dandee Pattee

NCECA’s Expo Gallery is full to the brim this year!  All Expo galleries show both sculptural works and functional ceramics by prominent artists in the field. You will want to be sure to check out Lillstreet’s booth, they are hosting 20 Midwest ceramic artist-educators showing alongside students of the educator’s choice.  Other Midwestern galleries like Red Lodge Clay, Northern Claycenter, and the roving Artstream Nomadic Gallery, known for showing ceramic artists who are at the top […]

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by Kalika Bowlby

Amber Ginsburg works frequently with clay but her work responds to histories, locations and narratives in a way that is not bound by specific materials or methods of expression.  She often works collaboratively and engages audiences in a participatory manner, creating dynamic site specific installations.  Amber generously shared her time to answer a few questions I had about her work and process. When were you first introduced to ceramics?    I […]

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by Kevin Ramler, Student Director-At-Large

Professors, Artists, and Clay People,   NCECA students are in need of your wisdom! Come share your unique insights in the Student Critique Room.   The Critique Room gives students the opportunity to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field. This is a wonderful chance to meet up-and-coming artists and have an engaging one-to-one conversation about what they are making. Did we mention the joy […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In October 2013, NCECA members Michael Sherrill, Michael Strand, Board Member Garth Johnson and Executive Director Josh Green participated in a Think Tank led by the American Crafts Council in partnership with the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and crafthaus. Its purpose was to examine to what extent the word “craft” still had resonance and meaning in contemporary culture as a good descriptor of the creative work produced in […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

Michelle Erickson employs her mastery of colonial era ceramic techniques to connect the history of pottery making to 21st century issues of globalization, social injustice, and environmental geopolitics. In demonstrating the diversity of techniques used in her practice, Erickson will illustrate design parallels between past and present in surprising and insightful ways   Michelle Erickson has a B.F.A. from The College of William and Mary.  Her works are in many major […]

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by Alison Ferris, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

In 2014, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center marks the milestone fortieth anniversary of its innovative Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted and funded by Kohler Co. Opening on March 22, during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Milwaukee, Collaboration and Revelation is the first-ever retrospective exhibition will comprise more than 300 works of art drawn primarily from the collections of the Arts Center […]

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by Polly Morris

Despite the brutal cold, a few hardy ceramicists made their way up to the Lynden Sculpture Garden here in Milwaukee for the January 26th, 2014 soft opening of our NCECA exhibition, The Mingei Tradition in the Midwest: Warren MacKenzie and Beyond   The exhibition design by Michael Mikulay is stunning, and we are all training ourselves to walk through the gallery with our hands in our pockets to resist the call of […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Milwaukee in March can be quite cold, but there are a couple of hot opportunities to warm you up prior to the Material World Conference: ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– With a friendship forged from clay, wood, and fire, Ching Yuan Chang, Joy Brown, and Ken Bichell will bring the best of woodfire workshops to the Adamah Clay Studios of Bethel Horizons. This “Blockbuster” workshop takes place March 12-18, 2014 at the Adamah Clay […]

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by Paul Sacaridiz, Milwaukee Onsite Liaison

Using traditional sculptural elements and unexpected materials, the work of Rebecca Hamlin Green examines elements of social and personal identity through a lens of domestic associations. How we define ourselves through how we live, where we come from, and the structures we erect and exist within to maintain a sense of place. Her most recent project,  Undirectionals,  is an installation  that will be on view at the Pritzlaff space, during the […]

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by briankohl

Ilana Crispi (a past conference presenter for the Green Task Force) is once again showing her latest work in San Francisco, California.  This is a fantastic project that is worth looking into even if you are not in the area.  below is some text taken from a press release from the first exhibit in November of 2013.  take a look at her Facebook page, a YouTube video about the project, […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

There are more than 100 exhibitions throughout the greater Miwaukee area and NCECA’s On-Site Conference Liaisons worked closely with Lew White Tours to plan routes that meet a multitude of aesthetic interests while traversing geographically efficient routes in the region. Check out NCECA’s updated exhibition guide and updated tour routes (pdf). Online shuttle and tour reservations that will get you to shows in style and are available for purchase through Lew White Tour.  Feedback received […]

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by Leonard Todd

The Southern slave potter, Dave, described his masterful storage vessels as “Great & Noble.” Today, collectors and museum directors all over the country join in that praise. His pots, which he turned from about 1820 to about 1870, are especially valued for the fact that he signed them and for the rhymed inscriptions he sometimes added to them. Such a daring display of letters was unheard of for a man […]

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