by Patsy Cox, Past President

              Over the years some amazing individuals have come forward to serve NCECA. We’ve been incredibly fortunate that our tables have been set by such intelligent and caring advocates who have worked diligently to create the experiences we share each year. We’re in need of a few great folks to join the NCECA board to continue to advance our mission and goals. The NCECA volunteer board members come straight […]

by Amy Duke, Kansas City Onsite Liaison

Where there is wonder, there is a way… The National Toy and Miniature Museum (T/m) on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City has just reopened to great acclaim following an 18-month, $8 million renovation. With more than 72,000 objects in its holdings, the T/m Museum is a microcosm of our world in the truest sense. It’s a place to marvel at fine-scale miniatures ranging from 1:12 to a […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Now online: One of the most popular topics from the 2015 conference!  Few things are as important to a potter as their hands.  Check out Branfman’s article on pages 101-103 of the 2015 Journal, and view his session below.  NCECA would like to thank Allison Zimmer Guiliotis for her video editing work on this session! As you manipulate mud on the wheel your hands sense and send signals to your brain. […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

As the 2014 NCECA conference started in Milwaukee, the news of Don Reitz’s passing on March 19 at his home in Clarkdale, Arizona, sent rippling shock waves throughout the audience and beyond.  He was 84 and throughout his six-decade career, he continued to push his artistic vision, inspiring generations of ceramic practitioners.  Don was a modern day folk legend and larger-than-life.  As a master ceramist, Don Reitz produced new and […]

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by Melinda McCutchan

In the world of money, which is of interest when we need it, there are three reports that result from the process of gathering all the receipts, numbers, checks, cash, electronic images, paper, paper, paper…..  They are the Balance Sheet, Income Statement (or Statement of Profit and Loss), and Cash Flow Statement.  I mention the end results first as that is how I feel we create.  We see the results […]

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by Joyce Jablonski

I met the iconic Phillip Cornelius in the 80’s during my graduate studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio while I was an intern resident artist at the former Southwest Craft Center. Phil came to the Center as a visiting artist for one month when he guided me in the craft but importantly the concepts of clay as a medium of abstract artistic expression. Three years later while co- […]

by Michael Strand

This exhibition features YOU and the work you do to connect ceramics, community and food. Developed and curated by Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers, Across the Table, Across the Land is a member’s exhibition for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary Conference in 2016. The final exhibition will take place at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City. People dedicated to ceramics, like you, are central to community. NCECA wants to celebrate how you make that happen. We want to […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

I am pleased to announce the latest release in our series of Emerging Artist Presentations, David Bogus. My creative process is cultivated through identity exploration and self-discovery.  My practice isa combination of risk taking and experimentation.  It includes both the artistic process and a constantly shifting personal narrative. -David Bogus Enjoy his presentation from the 2015 conference in its entirety below, enjoy his work in the following exhibitions, and connect with him on […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

We get a lot of great proposals for our conference and it is so hard to accept them all and find room in two days in a Convention Center to fit them all.  This year, we noticed a pattern; several proposals didn’t quite fit the usual categories we have constructed. Sure they dealt with education or professional practices, etc. …but didn’t exactly fit all the corners. Like an El Camino, […]

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by Shoji Satake

Don’t let a handful of votes dictate the future direction of NCECA… If you are a member of NCECA, I urge you to exercise your rights and vote! A vote to amend NCECA’s by-laws ends this Thursday. This bylaw amendment asks the membership to change the Secretary and Treasurer positions on the board from a membership elected to board appointed positions. A few short years ago, a bylaw amendment was […]

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by Mary Cloonan, Programs Director

The ceramics community is a tight knit and welcoming one, but coming to the conference can be overwhelming whether it is your first or forty-first one. With this in mind and to help you make the most of the conference, we have several sessions to assist. Wednesday there will be an orientation for newbies, lead by the vivacious Communications Director Cindy Bracker. She will help make sense of the program […]

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by Deb Bedwell, President

Dear NCECA Members, As an institution, we have an important proposed amendment of our by-laws before our membership. We have a voting deadline of this Friday, July 30, and I am writing to encourage every member to log on to the website and vote your conscience with a full understanding of why the amendment was proposed.  If you are unsure of how to vote with the electronic system, take a […]

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by Joshua Green, Executive Director

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has a lot to celebrate as it enters its 50th year. Founded by a small group of highly committed and passionate artist-educators, NCECA has benefitted from the time and talents of many great individuals that have served on its board of directors. Paul Sacaridiz who has served as NCECA’s President Elect since the conclusion of the 2014 conference, has been one of […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

What’s a blinc? It’s a fresh new “concise presentation format”, NCECA style!   What’s a “concise presentation format”? It can be lots of things.  One example of a concise presentation is the Ted Talk, which allows 18 minutes per speaker.  Another would be the 1 Million Cups platform, which allows speakers 6 minutes to present, followed by 20 minutes of questions.  There are many other formats and themes popping up, […]