Posted by Amanda Barr

You’ve met the board, you’ve met the staff… but do you know who’s doing all those Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumbler and Facebook posts? It’s time to meet your NCECA social media team!

Amanda Barr, Social Media Director (amandambarr.com)IMG_1419

What social media-ing do you do? A little bit of everything, but my main job is the Instagram feed.

Where do you currently live/work? Seattle, Washington; I’m a resident artist at Pottery Northwest, teach Spanish adjunct at community college, and work as a social media consultant.

How did you first find out about NCECA? I’m pretty sure I saw a poster somewhere when I was first taking community art classes.

What made you apply for the social media team? A whim, I thought “I do that stuff, I can help!” And here I am now, three years later.

Tell me a story about your first conference I was supposed to go to Seattle in 2012 but I was sick and had to cancel, so my first conference ended up being Houston 2013. My hotel was a 45-minute bus ride away.

Tell me about your work as an artist. I am a porcelain person, mostly functional with a lot of surface decoration.

What are a few of your hobbies? Reading ALL THE THINGS. Gardening, cooking, and Netflix.

If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? Crackle. Purposefully messed up.

Tim See (timseeclay.com)

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What social media-ing do you do? Facebook for NCECA, overall fan of fb, periscope, youtube and instagram.

Where do you currently live/work?Syracuse, NY

How did you first find out about NCECA?Went as an undergrad to San Diego 2003

What made you apply for the social media team? I had all the infrastructure in place to be a volunteer.

Tell me about your work as an artist. Wood fired with industrial motifs. I paint with mason stains; the current series is a storyline called the Bucketheads, a post-apocalyptic fable in which humans have been extinct for a long time. As the story has developed on my work, the Bucketheads split into two groups: one good and the other evil. Over time they began to exhibit behaviors aligned with their character.

What are a few of your hobbies? I make pickles, act as cat chew toy and camp when I can.

If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? Shiny white, no one really likes it but you gotta have it around for when you need it.

Habiba El-Sayed

IMG_0195What social media-ing do you do? I do the tumblr and Twitter pages for NCECA. I usually relog posts that seem innovative or interesting in the field and try to keep us connected with our Twitter followers.
Where do you currently live/work? I currently live in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I’m finishing my degree in ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
How did you first find out about NCECA? I first found out about NCECA in my second year at Sheridan College, when all my profs and peers raved about the conference. A year later I attended it myself and got to see what all the fuss was about.
Tell me a story about your first conference My first NCECA was Milwaukee (2014). I was just beginning to find my voice as a person of color in the art world. I got to hear Theaster Gates speak about the need for diversity in our field and all the amazing work he does, which was incredibly inspiring. It was a pretty emotional experience.
Tell me about your work as an artist. My work surrounds my experience of being a Muslim woman living in North America, and the issues facing my community in a post 9-11 society. Recently I’ve been exploring mixed media, particularly welded steel and clay. I’m interested in what happens when clay is pushed to its limit, when it’s exposed to external and internal pressures and using that to convey the issues faced by the Muslim community.
What are a few of your hobbies? My hobbies include binge-watching shows on Netflix, making handmade books, petting stray cats and playing video games.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? If I were a glaze I’d be maiolica. Easy, stable and no-nonsense. Generally reliable, but a potential badass.
Sophia King (stoneleafpottery.com)

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What social media-ing do you do? Queen of Pinterest, all the pinning!
Where do you currently live/work? Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Sophia is the co-owner and General Manager of Stone Leaf Pottery. She is responsible creating and maintaining the website, writing and sending the monthly newsletter, and generating most social media content. Sophia is also the Vendor Coordinator for the Colorado Art Education Association.
How did you first find out about NCECA? Uh, my family owns a clay supply business.
What made you apply for the social media team? I believe strongly in contributing time to the clay community, and helping with NCECA’s Pinterest Page seemed like a good fit for my skills.
If you were a glaze, which one would you be and why? OMG. Uhm. Too many favorites but I’d be a cone 5 body with lots of depth, texture, and personality.
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