Across the Table is hosting Pots in Action again this week! For this challenge, Michael and Namita are interested in who is across the table as much as what is on your table!

Special thanks to Ayumi Horie for the invitation – and support for NCECA’s 50th Anniversary project, Across the Table, Across the Land!

For this holiday week – from Monday, December 21 through end of Saturday, December 26 — we’d love for you to share in this Pots in Action challenge! For a pot to be in action someone must interact with it. Who is across the table from you? We are curious about what happens at a table. Coffee with a mentor? A child devouring raspberries from the garden? Two people sharing a joke? What stories connect people and pots across the table?


Jeni Hansen Gard Community Table

This image show a project created during a residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana by Jeni Hansen Gard and Hannah Newmann. “Through a set of traveling dishes, they connected people at small, intimate dinners and large public meals. Dishes activated conversations between people in the community – using ceramics to transform strangers into new friends.” For this project, selected pots and IG photos from this week may be selected for Across the Table, Across the Land, an exhibition curated by Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers, to be on view at Charlotte Street Foundation (La Esquina). To learn more and to participate, visit While you can contribute images to #PIAacrossthetable all week – the project deadline for the NCECA-sponsored Across the Table, Across the Land exhibition is January 4, 2016.


What is Pots in Action?
Pots in Action one of many projects included in the Across the Table, Across the Land archive, is an evolution of Ayumi Horie’s origins Pots in Action that she began in 2005. She explains on her website that “Pots in Action is a crowd sourcing project that collects and features the best photographs of handmade pottery in use by potters and ceramic appreciators all over the world. Some are candid, others are posed; what they have in common is taking the pot off the shelf and putting it to work in the kitchen, out of the kitchen, wherever pots can be found.”

What is Across the Table, Across the Land?
Across the Table, Across the Land, a project of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), is designed to be a snapshot of what is happening today at the intersection of food, clay and community.

Visit our APP for more detailed information about this project.
Here’s a link to download the webapp!
As part of the Across the Table, Across the Land project we have a special opportunity for k-12 educators and students to share.
Learn how to get you and your school involved here!

How to participate:
For this week (through December 26), tag your Instagram images with:

#potsinaction #PIAacrossthetable #PIAguesthostsnamitaandmichael #nceca2015 #acrossthetable #acrossthetable2015 @acrossthetable2015


Not on Instagram? It’s easy to join! Try it!

Find more info about Pots in Action online and on Facebook!


Selected pots may be exhibited in Kansas City along with the instagram photo in the exhibition Across the Table,

Across the Land, in celebration of NCECA’s 50th Anniversary

Submit projects or participate in the k12 challenge via the app or submit via instagram by using the #’s above and tagging @acrossthetable2015 and @nceca