March 16 – 22, 2014 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Led and curated by Leslie Ferrin for NCECA

Leslie Ferrin Leads Collectors’ Tour for Material World,

the 2014 Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Milwaukee

An exciting week of experiences designed for collectors of ceramic art led and designed by Leslie Ferrin is taking shape for Milwaukee surrounding the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The 2014 NCECA Collectors Tour will commence Sunday afternoon, March 16 and conclude Saturday, March 22, 2014. NCECA’s exclusive Collectors Tour will extend to important exhibitions, collections and organizations in Chicago, Racine, and Sheboygan as well as the host city of Milwaukee. Collectors will also participate in special experiences integrated within Material World, NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference taking place at the Wisconsin Convention Center from March 19-22, 2014. Dedicated to the investigation of the complex ways that materials acquire meaning through the things we make and those that surround us in our daily lives, Material World will include lectures, artist demonstrations and thought provoking discussions on conditions that shape and influence ceramic art in history and the contemporary world.

Registration for the 2014 NCECA Collectors Tour will be limited due to the nature of the experiences being created. Included will be insider access to leading art and artists, as well as special engagements with museums and private collections. Tour participants will gain early access to thoughtfully selected exhibitions and have advance purchasing opportunities while enjoying a few shared meals, conversations and interactions with prominent and emerging artists.

Read more about Leslie Ferrin: gallerist, author, teacher and maker
has more than three decades of involvement with ceramic art. As curator, she has organized countless exhibitions and lectured extensively throughout the United State and recently in Australia and the United Kingdom. As gallerist, Ferrin became a frequent spokesperson and advocate for the visual arts in the creative economy both regionally and nationally. NCECA Executive Director, Joshua Green reflects, “Leslie Ferrin’s experienced perspective, depth and breadth of knowledge are uniquely suited to leading the NCECA collector’s tour.” Ferrin has long standing relationships as advisor and board member to numerous nonprofit organizations and educational institutions including Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Clay Studio and The Clay Art Center. As director of Ferrin Contemporary, current projects include managing the artist residency program at Project Art in Cummington, MA and curating the Ceramic Top 40 | 2013 at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO.
NCECA consistently provides the opportunity to learn, see and experience the most current work in clay. It is where curators, collectors and artists seek and discover important works by emerging to established potters and sculptors from throughout the region, the nation and the world. I look forward to “curating” an in depth tour of the northern mid-west corridor I’ve traveled so many times before in behalf of a group of high level collectors and professionals. In addition to the selected presentations at the conference site, on the tour we will see many collections, meet curators, take part in hot topic conversations and share collegiality that tours like this offer.
-Leslie Ferrin



Collectors Tour registrants self-book their accommodations at NCECA’s conference co-headquarters hotel:
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Tel: 414-390-4636


The $1600 registration fee includes conference registration, membership, exhibition catalog, motor coach transportation to tour sites, a donation to NCECA and a few shared meals. Travel to and accommodations in Milwaukee are not included in the registration fee. Contact Jacqueline Hardy at office@nceca.net or 303-828-2811 to reserve a place.


For info and reservations contact NCECA Membership Coordinator: Jacqueline Hardy
303-828-2811 or 866-266-2322 – office@nceca.net

Cancellation Policy

Because the NCECA’s 2014 Collectors Tour was designed with exclusive experiences and held to a very limited capacity NCECA respectfully establishes that the following cancellation policy be honored:

Cancellation requests received by midnight EST, March 1, 2014 will be assessed a $50 processing fee and the $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA that was built into the registration fee. Those requesting a refund by this deadline, if paid in full will receive $1300.

Cancellation requests received after midnight, EST on March 1, and before midnight, EST March 10 will be assessed a $350 fee plus a $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA, a refund of $1000 if paid in full.

Cancellation requests after March 10 will be non-refundable.

Retention of fees or portions of fees are necessary because NCECA Collectors’ Tour includes special experiences that require NCECA to limit the number of registrants and make financial commitments to service providers and vendors.