Adam Shiverdecker, Dystopian Series: Rhyton, 2014 Image: Alan Wiener courtesy Greenwich House Pottery

Join NCECA when the College Art Association returns to New York for its 103rd Annual Conference at the New York Hilton MidtownTerracotta… the New Black: Clay Crosses Over takes place on Wednesday February 11 from 12:30-2:00 PM in the 3rd Floor West Ballroom of the Hilton. The session is free to the public and will include presentations and conversation with artists Nicole Cherubini, Francesca DiMattio, Lisa Sanditz and Adam Shiverdecker. NCECA President Elect, Paul Sacaridiz, Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin will moderate and Joshua Green, NCECA’s executive director, will chair. You do not need to register for the CAA conference to attend this session.


Lisa Sanditz, detail view from Surplus, 2014

While the field of ceramics retains a committed culture of makers that closely identify with its history and craft based processes, increasingly, artists that do not immediately align themselves with the specificity of any one particular discipline are now producing significant works in clay as part of a larger framework of interdisciplinary practice.

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Nicole Cherubini, Astralogy, 2013

This panel will consider the prominence of ceramics within the wider art world while asking questions about the role of skill, materiality, the marketplace and the training of artists. The four panelists in this conversation, all based in the greater New York area, embrace a manner of working that celebrates conceptual sophistication alongside an unapologetic embrace of materiality and formalism.

Why has clay become so prevalent at this particular moment? Is this tied to a larger embrace of materiality or linked to something else? What are the indications for ceramics in the marketplace and in critical discourse? Is there still a need for disciplinary based education?

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Francesca DiMattio, Edo Pot, 2012

This NCECA presentation is one of dozens of free 90-minite affiliate sessions taking place at CAA  from Wednesday, February 11 to Saturday, February 14 in the timeframes of 12:30-2:00 PM and 5:30-7:00 PM. The diversity, vibrancy and edginess of programming related to traditional materials and practices from the realm of craft are an indication of the energy, border blending and vibrancy resonating across creative fields at this moment.

NCECA is taking several initiatives this year to increase discourse in the field beyond the annual conference through online and in-person presentations. It’s an interesting time to consider how these energies might affect the future of ceramics and other making traditions in learning, society and the art world. Additional sessions that may be of interest to NCECA members and clay culture workers include…

Critical Craft Forum will present a session entitled Curating and Craft: What Happens Now? Chaired by Namita Wiggers with curator Wendy Gers (University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Limoges, France), Glenn Adamson (Director, Museum of Art & Design, New York) and Anthony Elms (Associate Curator, ICA University of Pennsylvania), this session takes place from 5:30-7:00 PM on Friday, February 13 in the Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Sutton Parlor South

Queer Threads Unraveled is the title of a panel discussion presented by the Queer Caucus for Art in the 3rd Floor Mercury Ballroom of the Hilton from 12:30-2:00 PM, Saturday, February 14. One year following the 2014 exhibition Queer Threads at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, this panel will feature a discussion with Liz Collins (Brooklyn, NY), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), Sheila Pepe (Brooklyn, NY), LJ Roberts (Joshua Tree, CA), and Nathan Vincent (New York, NY). Panelists will use the exhibition as a framework for celebrating and critiquing the thread between art, identity, process, and material to explore the allure of fiber and textiles for queer artists.

Learn more about the CAA conference schedule, topics presenters.