DEADLINE: September 16, 2015

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has advanced the stature and quality of our field by recognizing select individuals for their service, teaching, creative achievement and/ or extraordinary accomplishments through awards of excellence in ceramic art and education.

Nominations are now open for NCECA Fellows, Honors, Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Nomination requirements and descriptions of the qualifications for these awards follow. The nominator must be a current member of NCECA to put forth a nomination.


Fellows of the Council

Fellows of the Council are individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In order to be eligible, nominees for this award must be current members of NCECA and shall have served the Council in significant ways for at least five years. Up to two Fellows may be elected in any one year. Current Board Members shall be considered ineligible for election to Fellow until a time following the conclusion of their terms.

Honorary Members

Honorary Members shall be persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of the ceramic arts in accordance with criteria established by the Board of Directors. Up to two Honorary Members may be elected in any one year.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients should be near or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching (may be awarded posthumously); shall have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; shall have had previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and should have highly visible former students in the field. Up to two Excellence in Teaching Awards may be made in any one year.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award. Open to contemporary artists, educators, writers and others, this award recognizes individuals who have successfully completed a singular project that has contributed to the field of ceramic arts in an extraordinary way. The scope of the venture should be above and beyond what would typically be considered his/her professional responsibilities. Only one Outstanding Achievement Award may be elected in any one year.

Regional Awards for Excellence

Regional Awards for Excellence. NCECA’s Onsite Conference Liaisons may nominate up to two individuals in any given year for Regional Awards for Excellence. Nominations for this award are not accepted from the membership at large. These awards have been established to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the ceramic arts and or the cultural life within the region of the conference host city.


  • Nominee Name and Contact information
  • Short biography of the proposed award recipient (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx, or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Nominator Name and Contact information
  • Letter of Nomination (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx, or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Recommender/s information – maximum of three (3) – to include name, email, best phone, relation to applicant and number of years known.
  • A maximum of three (3) letters of support (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx, or pdf, not to exceed 2MB each)

Nominate Now


Only completed nominations packets will be considered for approval at NCECA’s Fall Board of Directors meeting.  Nominators and Awardees will be notified after Board selection.

For questions about the Board Positions please contact:
Patsy Cox, Nominations Committee Chair
patsycoxnceca.@gmail.com 323-839-8103

For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net 303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322