NCECA 2015 Pre/Post Conference Events cannot conflict with programming. They can be scheduled prior to March 25 and after 2:00pm on March 28, 2015. If you are interested, please apply by filling out the form below.

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List of Events (updated last on 2-5-2015):

March 5-16 – Loading and Firing of Kiln
March 24 and 25 – Unloading of Kiln

A Lively Experiment: Gustin Ceramics ‘Friends of Fire’ Invitational Wood Firing
In the spirit of the conference theme, Chris Gustin has invited a group of artists to come to Southeastern Massachusetts to fire their work in his anagama/noborigama wood kiln. All of the invited artists have done a significant amount of wood firing, and what better way to celebrate the conference theme than to host a collaboration with some of the best in the field on the loading and firing of the kiln. The kiln will be fired in the first two weeks of March and will be unloaded just prior to the conference on March 24th and 25th.

Each invitee will have a significant amount of their work in the kiln and will be on-site for the entire firing. The kiln has three chambers, with a combined space of approximately 600 cubic feet and will fire approximately 800 pieces.

The firing of the kiln is an invitational event, and only the invited artists will have work in the kiln. However, people interested in coming to the kiln site during the firing and meet the artists are welcome. The unloading of the kiln is on March 24th, with the viewing of the works on the 25th. Both are open to all conference participants.

Artists Participating: Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Barry Bartlett, Ashwini Bhat, Doug Casebeer, Chris Gustin, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, Matt Long, Jim Lawton, Arnie Zimmerman, Justin Lambert
Loading of Kiln: March 5 thru 8 – 9am to 5pm
Firing of Kiln: March 9-16 – 24 hours/day
Unloading of Kiln and viewing of works:
March 24 – 9am to 5 pm
March 25 – 9am to 5 pm

Gustin Ceramics, 231 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 508-636-6213. Contact Chris Gustin, 508-725-2710, No cost, free to all.

March 21-22
Of Earth, Sea & Fire: A Symposium of Makers
Eight ceramic artists making works in response to the collection at the New Bedford Whaling Museum come together with eight wood-fire artists participating in the March 2015 Anagama firing at Gustin Studio for a weekend of lively discussion, demostration & lecture. Artists Participating: Chris Archer, Mary Barringer, Cynthia Constantino, Molly Hatch, Sergei Isupov, Kathy King, Jim Lawton, Seth Rainville, Arnie Zimmerman, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie, Doug Casebeer, John Balistreri, Matt Long, Dan Anderson, Chris Gustin.

Saturday, Mar 21, 8-9:00 am Registration; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Symposium
Sunday, Mar 22, 8-9:00 am Registration; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Symposium

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740, 508-997-0046 ext. 100 for information and tickets or you can purchase tickets at Cost $75 general public for weekend; $65 New Bedford Whaling Museum members.

March 21-23
Making Handbuilt Aka (red) Raku Chawan with John Baymore
For this 3 day hands-on workshop, John will share two specific hand forming techniques typically used for the making of aka (red) raku Chawan as well as demonstrate this firing process that differs from typical American Raku. On day one John will demonstrate the forming of the chawan. Following his demonstration the group will work on their individual chawan under John’s tuteledge. Day two will include a discussion of actual Chanoyu, (tea ceremony) and each participant will have the opportunity to act as both host and guest in a Chakai (an informal tea ceremony) we’ll hold for each other. Day three will be the two Japanese-style firings of the bowls that each person has made. We’ll cap our day’s firing efforts by again making matcha (whisked tea ceremony tea) in the aka raku bowls we’ve just fired.

This workshop will partner well with John’s Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30 PM NCECA lecture presentation, “What makes a teabowl a Chawan”.

9:00am-4:00pm each day. The Potters Shop & School, Gorse Mill Studios, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham MA 02494, 781-449-7687. Contact Steven Branfman, 781-449-7687, Cost $350 includes all materials and Saturday night dinner.

March 23-24
UMass Dartmouth Pre-conference
The UMASS Dartmouth Ceramics Club is hosting a NCECA Pre-Conference event that will include two days of demos and lectures by two renowned ceramic artists, Jason Briggs and Lauren Gallaspy. Conference is scheduled from 9-5pm March 23 and March 24. Both artists will present demos morning and afternoon and a lecture on their work Monday, March 23 at 6 pm followed by a club sponsored potluck. UMass Dartmouth, Star Store, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, 508-910-6684. Contact Rebecca Hutchinson, 508-910-6683, or Register at Cost $45 covers attendance to the two day event: workshop demos and the evening lecture by Jason Briggs and Lauren Gallaspy.
March 29
Screen Printing on Textured Thrown and Altered Forms
Karen Mahoney will demonstrate her personalized techniques developed to create rope impressed and screen printed thrown and altered functional ware. Beginning at the wheel, Karen will demonstrate and discuss altering her thrown forms, and refining them through the drying process. Over the course of the day Karen will share the tools, materials, and techniques she uses to keep crisp divisions between imagery, texture, and smooth clay. Participants will leave understanding how to make and successfully use an original screen print image on various clay forms, and how to incorporate this type of surface decoration with texture. The Potters Shop and School, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA 02494. Contact Steven Branfman, 781-449-7687, Cost $75