by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

It’s been a real whirlwind leading up to our 49th conference, and the blog has been buzzing with information.  We don’t want you to miss anything, so we’ve created this comprehensive list of all our blog entries regarding the conference, sorted by type.   You might also notice that the menu bar at the top has been modified.  Most of those menus or submenus direct to category links, so if […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

On Thursday and Friday in rooms 555/556 of the convention center, you will find the Process Room.  Unlike the large stage with full projections for our simultaneous demonstrations, this room is intended as a more intimate setting designed to allow potters to connect more directly with the artist.  However, now in its third year, this room is VERY popular, so don’t be late, and do expect the possibility of standing room only.  These sessions […]

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by Jen Chua

Looking for a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective? Mentors from all over the country are ready to review your portfolio at the Student Critique Room. WHEN: Thursday, 3/26 and Friday, 3/27, 8:30am – 4pm (sign up begins Wednesday, 3/25 in the main registration area) WHERE: Room 554A (Rhode Island Convention Center) 
HOW: Slots (and mentors) are available on a FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED basis, starting at 1pm on […]

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by Martha Grover

Dot. Dot. Dot. There are certain design elements and motifs that have resonance for all humans across the globe. Often they are created by nature, and then repeated or distilled into patterns by artists. They can be mixed up and used in a variety of forms which we find mesmerizing. One such element is the humble “dot.” The dot is such a simple element, but it has universal appeal. Dots […]

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by Garth Johnson, Director-at-Large

Okay… I’m gonna show my age here. Back in the ’90s (one of the rare periods where fashion for potters and the general public aligned), there was a band named Blind Melon. The finer points of their music can be endlessly debated… but the lasting impact of their video for the song “No Rain” is not up for discussion. In the video, a young lady dressed in a bee costume walks […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

A few weeks ago, Garth Johnson revealed NCECA’s brand new READING ROOM.  Well, that’s not the only new thing happening this year in Providence.  In addition to hearing the desire to discuss the latest tomes in ceramic art education, the NCECA Board also heard clamoring for current ceramics films.  The result? drumroll, please….. Join us for our first ever Film Night at NCECA! This year, we are pleased to present a double feature of documentaries! […]

by Steve Hilton, Programs Director

During the early nineteenth century, Staffordshire transferware depicting North American scenery was hugely popular in the United States. These now feature in many American Art Museums. This panel will examine the historical contexts of transfer wares, their political and cultural functions as well as highlighting their contemporary relevance to contemporary artistic practice.

by Jill Oberman

Last week, NCECA Communications Director Cindy Bracker posted a brief overview of the current Board of Directors. As she pointed out, this group of dedicated volunteers, along with the NCECA staff, lends their talents to the oversight and execution of the many activities and programs of the Council. Each year elections to fill vacant Board seats coincide with the annual conference.  This year is no different, and we encourage NCECA […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

If you were with us last year in Milwaukee, you might still be talking about De La Buena.  They were incredible, right?  Well, prepare to be blown even further away (and while you’re at it, prepare to function on very little sleep) because this year, we have two amazing musicians and one fabulous backup band.  Read on to get the advanced *notes* on these amazing musicians, then plan to pack […]

by Jill Foote-Hutton

Adam Shiverdecker’s body of work presents a unique opportunity to consider the role of the artist. Any work of art, taken as a singular object, is like contemplating one measure without the context of the entire melody. And, usually that is the slice we are given as the audience of visual art. Perhaps it is the pursuit OF context that keeps us, the audience, excited, researching a maker, pursuing their […]

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by Kevin Ramler

High Drama! Free Xuns! Ceramic Rayguns! Statistical Analysis! What else could you ask for from a work of art? I am extremely excited to be debuting a new interactive performance at the conference this year. A Very Serious Game has been crafted especially for NCECA and every conference attendee will be a player in this expansive, experimental game. These players, or Væssals, will go about their normal business- attending lectures, […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Last week, in this “Inside NCECA” series, I introduced you all to the NCECA Board and staff.  On Monday, you got to learn a little bit about some of the artists we will be honoring this year.   You can also get to know ALL of our presenters (including pictures of their lovely faces) within the conference section of the NCECA website, and keep an eye on the blog for future […]

by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

MICHAEL J. STRAND LIVE FROM BRAZIL VIA NCECA/92Y VIRTUAL CLAY LECTURE At 7:00 PM EST on Wednesday, March 4, Michael J. Strand will present his lecture, 25,000 Years: Craft Practice Beyond the Object via live stream from a residency in Brazil. Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, Strand’s artistic practice investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. This online interactive lecture will explore ways […]

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by Cindy Bracker, Communications Director

Whether used to safely store and efficiently serve food, transform experience through ceremony and ritual, or in the context of contemporary, socially engaged practices, ceramics and craft objects have been touchstones for human purpose and connection. This lecture will demonstrate the potential of objects in the 21st century to be effective catalysts for community cohesion and social change.  Michael Strand provides the next installment in the joint NCECA/ 92Y Virtual Clay lecture […]

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