by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

In the 2015 NCECA Journal, Joanna wrote I find beauty in my embarrassment. I welcome the silly. Through the arrangement of objects, i set up a situation or narrative where the viewer can forget about an object’s function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter with its own intentions.  I want to encourage questions about what is happening with the objects and the narrative; being peculiar and unclear […]

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by Roberto Lugo, Director-at-Large

NCECA Topical Discussion have always played a substantial role in conference programming, from allowing participants to have a voice within the midst of discussion to meeting other members who have mutual interests, NCECA Topical Discussions and NCECA connections help to set the tone for advanced discussion and relationships that extend beyond the annual conference. This year Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections will play an especially important role in kicking off […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

You’ve heard of Rachel Ray’s $40/day?  The key to what makes that work is having a budget ahead of time and sticking to it.  I’m not suggesting that you can do NCECA on $40/day, but you can take some time in advance to plan your expenses and know where you are spending your money.  I’m including a spreadsheet of some average costs for attending the conference.  You can tighten the […]

by Tony Wise

Some of the projects submitted to Across the Table, Across the Land involve performance, multiple sites, or employ complex layers of action and meaning. Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes’ ongoing Tea project is a good example of how ceramics brings people together to share time, food, and challenging conversations. Special thanks to Amber and Aaron for writing and contributing this blog post; photos courtesy of the artists.   Where is […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

On today’s episode of NCECA 360 we have a special presentation of Clay Stories from our Two Thousand fifteen conference in Providence, RI. Curated by Steven Branfman and Owen Dearing, Clay Stories features ceramic artists telling true stories in front of a live audience at our yearly NCECA conference. If you are a fan of the story telling podcasts the Moth Radio Hour or Risk you are going to love […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work I lead a double life! I live in Kansas City, Missouri, but I work in Lawrence, Kansas at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.   What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I have the good fortune of spending my days (and plenty of nights) in the company of more […]

by Bede Clarke

This exhibition highlights the work of a new generation of makers, students currently pursing their MFA degree work at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  The makers are: Kaitlin Arndt, Joshua R. Maier, Scott McClellan, Anthony Pearson, Jennifer Halli, Kyle Hendrix. Celebrating multiple approaches to the vessel and sculptural form each of these artists seeks to establish their personal voice and contribute it to the field of ceramics. This exhibition will shine […]

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by Jill Foote-Hutton

In October, Yellowstone Art Museum Education Director Linda Ewert invited me to participate in an art program at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings, Montana. This would be the most challenging and rewarding community I had yet engaged in a Guardian Monster Workshop. Forms for entry into prison quickly invoked a sobering reality. “In the event of a hostage scenario the volunteer acknowledges they will be subject to the same […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Once upon a time, in an NCECA not so far away, there was paper.  And on this paper there were words, and these words were written by NCECA members.  I recently wrote to Harris Deller, who was the Publications Director for NCECA for five years back in the 1990s.  I inquired about methods of communication with the membership back in the days when “e” was merely the fifth letter of the […]

by Tony Wise

Many projects are flowing into Across the Table, Across the Land and we are excited to share some of these over the next two months leading up to the final deadline of January 4th. This recent submission by Lauren Sandler speaks to the potential of bringing together students working in clay with organizations who serve the unique needs of communities. Lauren is thinking expansively about the potential of clay, food […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Where do you currently live/work Live in Ossining NY, work at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY as Executive Director What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? What I like most about working at Clay Art Center is the community of artists and staff who are so passionate about clay, as well as the opportunity to see students […]

by Peter Morgan

As this is the 50th NCECA conference it makes since to look back for inspiration.  Why stop at fifty years, or 100 years when we can go back to prehistoric times?  Perhaps the most exciting of these times was the reign of dinosaurs.    Dinosaurs exist in our contemporary consciousness in many facets.  Though found as prettified remains, dinosaurs are icons of our present-day culture.  They are movie stars, symbols […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

For our 50th Anniversary Conference, we are mixing things up with the demonstrating artists: pairing an established artist with someone they have worked with or taught over the years. With our theme as “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” I want to begin my blog series on our demonstrators with David MacDonald, professor emeritus at Syracuse University and recipient of NCECA’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, for personal reasons that will […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

The NCECA organization and conference is powered predominantly by a team of passionate people that we call volunteers.  This level of involvement can be both eye-opening and even life-altering.  Volunteering has so many benefits, ranging from seeing the conference from a real inside view to meeting some incredible people.  And of course, there’s also a free conference pass and one year membership in exchange for (approximately) 13 hours of work.   What kind of […]

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