Virtual Clay

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 that artists can advance the potential of objects in the 21st century to effect senses of community cohesion. Join us from the comfort of your home or studio… get a group together in your school or community. Registrations must be purchased by noon of the day of the event.

NCECA members can use the code NCECA92Y for a 20% discount. Participation requires free download and installation of Fuze software. System Requirements:High speed Internet connection, internal or external computer speaker and internal or external computer mic. For PC: Windows 7 or higher For MAC: OS x 10.8.5 or higher.


The call for submissions to Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, the2016 NCECA Invitational is now open! The exhibition will take place at TheNelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri fromFebruary 12 – May 8, 2016 in conjunction with Makers, Mentors and Milestones, the 50th Annual NCECA Conference.  Co-curators Catherine Futter and Leigh Taylor Mickelson are especially interested in discovering more about dynamic and engaging works that respond to contemporary community oriented working models, projects that address audience interactivity, and employ innovative approaches to the medium of ceramics.

The prospectus and online submittal form are now active, and the deadline for submissions is April 16, 2015 (midnight MST). Apply now at http://nceca.net/2016-nceca-invitational/


You still have time to register for NCECA’s upcoming conference in Providence. Advanced conference registration rates remain in effect until midnight EST, March 6. Thereafter your next opportunity to register will be on site in Providence from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM, Tuesday, March 24th. Additional onsite registration hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday 8:30-11:00 AM. Remember that the very best rates are always combined with an active NCECA membership. Log into your account to see the best rates available to you and register today!


Get on the bus in Providence! Tickets are now available for purchase for shuttle and tour routes throughout the region of the 2015 conference in Providence where more than 100 exhibitions will be on view throughout a 60-mile radius. Riding these routes will be a help to those not familiar with the area, without a car and those hoping to see a lot of great art and connect with interesting people. Read more about the Bus Tours and Shuttles here on the blog,  Download the updated exhibition guide and book your ride today with Lew White Tours.



Matthew Towers, Catastasis Vase From Number 16


A full color catalog documenting works included in the 2015 NCECA Biennial and National Student Juried Exhibition is now available for purchase. Pre-order your own via NCECA’s Online Store. The Biennial includes fifty works issuing from 22 states and Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, South Korea and Sweden, from functional pottery to installations with associated video or computer programs. The National Student Juried Exhibition includes works by 37 undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students from schools throughout the United States.



The 23rd Annual NCECA Cup Sale and Exhibition takes place in the Rotunda of the Rhode Island Convention Center during the upcoming conference. Those coming to Providence may deliver cup donations from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Wednesday-Thursday, March 25-26. Pieces may not exceed 9-inches in any dimension. Did you know that even if you are not coming to the conference, you could participate in this much-anticipated event by donating and shipping a cup in advance? Just pack it securely and ship it for arrival before March 18 to:

RISD Ceramics
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903
ATT: Bush/cups

All donated cups will be considered for the NCECA “Cups of Merit” commission award. In its fourteenth year, the award adds further recognition of the extraordinary quality of these donations. The selections will be made by a jury’s review of all donated cups, and winners will be announced at the closing ceremonies of the conference on Saturday. Proceeds from NCECA’s Cup Sale and Exhibition contribute to the Fund for Artistic Development that support scholarships, fellowships and special initiatives to advance ceramic art and learning.

Your pots can also help nourish hungry people in the Providence region. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Empty Bowls by hosting an event on Friday, March 27th from 5:30-8:30 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. Bowl donations for this event can be either …

… shipped to: Attn: Kelly Seigh, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907, or …

… dropped off during the NCECA Conference at the Salve Regina University table in the non-profit section of the Resource Hall.

This Empty Bowls event is open to the public. Tickets go on sale beginning the week of February 25 and are $35 for general admission and $150 for patrons. Click here for tickets!


The boards of directors of NCECA and Artaxis are delighted to make what we think is a very exciting announcement. A little over a week ago Artaxis was approved as an affiliated nonprofit organization of NCECA. Together, we believe that this new affiliate status will enable both organizations to extend reach, have greater impact, and create a more robust community by expanding visibility, opportunities and benefits. Members of NCECA will now be eligible to receive a 25% discount on the Artaxis application fee. NCECA will provide a direct link to Artaxis under the Resources tab of the NCECA website. To learn more visit with Artaxis in the Resource Hall at the upcoming conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

Another great opportunity is here that will be of interest to you NCECA members who are planning group exhiWestaffbitions or residency programs. Through a new partnership, our friends at WESTAF are offering a special rate for NCECA members who are new to the CaFÉ™ online jury system and are not presently licensees of the software. This limited-time offer will allow a number of organizations not currently using CaFÉ™ to take advantage of reduced costs on a first-come, first-served basis. The CaFÉ™ team will help you to determine whether your organization is eligible to participate in this offer based upon your current and active membership in the NCECA. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Wondering about other NCECA member discounts? You can learn more here.


NCECA has adopted a new system for exhibition listings to begin with the 2016 conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Concurrent Exhibitions (CEs) and Venue Generated Exhibitions are promoted by NCECA in regions surrounding its conferences.  NCECA’s On-Site Conference Liaisons and committees that they organize will review all proposals that must be submitted online for listing approval. The call for Concurrent Exhibitions for the 2016 conference expired in December 2014. Proposals for Venue Generated Exhibitions may be submitted at http://nceca.net/nceca-calls-and-exhibitions/venue-originated-exhibition-proposals/ by June 1, 2015. NCECA reserves the right to only promote exhibitions received through these systems.