From the 2015 Collectors Tour


Join the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for an exciting week of collector experiences. We will gather at 1:30pm, Monday, March 14 in the Kansas City Marriott downtown and continue through Friday, evening March 18, 2016. This limited-registration tour will be packed with visits to diverse exhibitions, private collections and special visits with leaders in contemporary ceramic art. This exclusive Collectors Tour will highlight uniquely created and curated art experiences surrounding Makers, Mentors and Milestones NCECA’s 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premier event for ceramic art. Thousands of artists from throughout the world will arrive in Kansas City because they view NCECA as an important opportunity to expose their work to passionate and informed audiences. The region-wide array of clay and creativity surrounding the conference is prodigious, exceptional in quality and diverse in conceptual and aesthetic approaches. The concentration of exhibitions situated around the NCECA conference represents an irreplaceable opportunity to discover, learn about and collect ceramics.


2016 will be an unprecedented fourth NCECA visit to Kansas City. The organization has selected this special city as a conference destination more than any other due to the region’s exceptional commitment to ceramic art. Rich, historic museum collections, robust interest in collecting clay as contemporary art since the mid-twentieth century, legendary educators, a vibrant gallery scene and dynamic artists all make Kansas City a nexus of clay and creation.

We anticipate that the 2016 NCECA Collectors Tour will be extraordinary. The itinerary will be carefully planned by leading gallerist Leslie Ferrin working in concert with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Executive Director Paul Sacaridiz, NCECA leadership, and Kansas City’s arts and culture scene figures.  Capacity in the tour will be limited to fewer than forty registrants in order to provide insider access to leading art, artists, and collections. A thoughtfully selected array of invited guests will join the tour each day to further illuminate the depth and breadth of your experiences.


Registration for this exclusive collector-focused program will open in early October 2015 until full.

$1650 per person registration fee will include two shared dinners; luxury coach ground transportation to tour itinerary locations, special seating at conference events, conference registration, NCECA annual membership, an exhibition catalog, 2016 NCECA Journal and a $250 donation to the organization. Lunch may also be provided on one or two days of the tour.

A block of 27 rooms has been set aside at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown, 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105, $145 flat rate.  Call Esmee Wu at 816-421-6800 Ext.4415 and identify yourself as a “NCECA Collector.” Esmee is personally handling these reservations for collectors.

If you book a room in this block for collectors and are not registered as a collector, your sleeping room reservation will be forfeited and considered invalid.

For reservations call 1-800-810-0850 or 816-421-6800 and identify yourself as “NCECA Collector”

In order to facilitate efficient navigation through the experience-packed tour itinerary, details will be shared only with those who register for the full experience. Prior to the official opening of NCECA’s 2016 conference, tour participants will convene late Monday afternoon, March 14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown where a room block is being held for Collectors Tour registrants.

Together we will enjoy stimulating conversation, and special interactions with curators, collections and artists. Advanced purchasing opportunities and a few shared meals with new friends will make this tour a memorable milestone in NCECA’s 50-year history.

Cancelation requests received by midnight EST, March 2, 2016 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 $1350. Cancelation requests received after midnight, EST on March 2, and before midnight, EST March 9, 2016 will be assessed a $350 fee plus a $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA, a refund of $1050 if paid in full. Cancelation requests after March 9, 2016 will be non-refundable.

Download a daily overview of the 2016 Collectors Tour itinerary:


Contact Jacqueline Hardy at NCECA to secure your place beginning on October 1, 2015.