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Note: Our database has tentatively scheduled maintenance on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 9:00pm to 12:00am Eastern Time. Thank you for your understanding.

From the President's Desk 8-26-2011

Here in Minnesota the State Fair is in full swing; the unusually hot July weather has past. As clay goes across the country, potters are still producing, but seeing the season shift from summer sales to autumn, school clay programs are gearing back up, (I just pugged 500 pounds of clay myself), and K-12 programs are hopeful of budgetary support for their enthusiastic students.

Over the summer, the NCECA board has remained at work passing a lean, strategic and realistic budget and refining programming for the 2012 conference in Seattle. In June, I represented NCECA at the Archie Bray 60th celebration. Fellow board members have been working with staff on developing calls for entry, siting and curating exhibitions, writing grant proposals and exploring new opportunities for our organization. The business of NCECA is ongoing and we always have an eye toward the future. There are Board positions that will be need to be filled and awards to be considered. We are now accepting nominations for all of those. My presidency will end in April and I have just mailed a thumb drive full of files to our very capable President Elect, Patsy Cox to help her transition into her presidency, and my role as Past President.

In September I will represent NCECA at the Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011 in Korea. NCECA is co-sponsoring the Shared Journeys China Symposium hosted at WVU in October which should be very good for those who can attend. I will also be at the Chicago SOFA with ED, Josh Green in November and NCECA has asked Pete Pinnell to reprise his "Art of the Cup" lecture which was so well received at our 2011 Conference.

As you look at your organization it now has a full plate all year long. The unwavering dedication of the Board and staff still wows me. (This year, with a mind toward NCECA's future, the Board voted to make a substantial commitment within the budget reflecting their own monetary donations to the organization.) Every time I write any of them, Board and Staff, I can't help but to add my genuine thanks.

As I start another academic year, I should probably take the time to thank my school, Concordia University, St. Paul, and my students, for their tolerance of my NCECA travel and work schedule. Many institutions have reduced or eliminated travel monies, but CSP has never blinked at the time I have spent away.

NCECA is well respected and supported everywhere I turn!
Keith Williams


Clay Happenings in Denver - September 15-17

pw NCECA is thrilled that the Denver region will be awash in clay-related events in mid-September. Join NCECA at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities from 6-9pm, Thursday, September 15 for the opening of Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence. Co-produced by the two organizations, Uncommon Ground includes the work of 52 artists. NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom worked with the Arvada Center to arrange loans of works by important artists from West of the Mississippi whose work has opened paths that push against boundaries that define and redefine the ceramic arts including Frank Boyden, Bede Clarke, Thomas Coleman, Julia Galloway, Arthur Gonzalez, Jonathan Kaplan, Nan McKinnell, Peter Pinnell, Don Reitz. Peter Voulkos, Patti Warashina. 41 artists' works were selected from 572 images that were submitted by 162 artists. Also exhibited at the Arvada Center from September 15- November 13 will be Edition to Clay: Ceramic Artists as Printmakers, which features monotypes, lithographs, etchings and other prints created by artists primarily known for their work in ceramics.

Through September 18, the Denver Art Museum has assembled an exceptional collection of ceramics exhibitions under one roof and the banner of Marvelous Mud! The exhibition Overthrown: Clay Without Limits, reveals that leading practitioners of today are exploring new modes of expression through aesthetic strategies, fabrication methods and spatial and environmental considerations. Friday- Saturday, September 16-17, the museum presents the symposium, Overthrown: The State of Contemporary Ceramics through which participants discuss and consider contemporary ceramic art: its size, context, methods, and meaning. A keynote address by New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl will kick off the program Friday, with a reception following. Saturday will feature three panel discussions about issues in contemporary ceramics, with artists in the exhibition, introduced and moderated by Ezra Shales, Namita Wiggers, and Peter Greenhalgh. Saturday's day-long program will include coffee breaks and a closing reception. Registration is required. To register visit or call 720-913-0130.

On Friday, September 16, from 6-9pm, in Denver's River North Arts District, Plinth Gallery hosts a reception for Junya Shao, whose Contemporary Yixing exhibition runs through September 24. methods of exquisite craftsmanship with careful attention to detail and design. On September 17-18, Junya Shao will instruct a two-day Workshop at Plinth Gallery, exploring the tradition of Chinese Yixing Pottery. Contact (303) 295-0717 or for more information.

2012 Conference Update: On the Edge - SEATTLE

2012 logoGreetings from Seattle and welcome to a new logo. You will be seeing more if it, but for now, just remember it and think of it when you plan on coming to Seattle. We have arranged many, many exhibitions for you, over 150, including CIEs, Host Committee shows, museum exhibitions all over, and indoor and outdoor pop-up shows. Very exciting, and we look forward to seeing amazing work from all over the world.

If you come early and stay late you can probably see everything. To whet your appetite think of these museum shows:

* PUSH|PLAY, the NCECA Invitational Exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum work of artists from the US and abroad
* Howard Kottler exhibition curated by Judith Schwartz at the Tacoma Art Museum
* Museum of Glass show of clay workers who have been seduced by the fire and light, Tacoma
* Israeli ceramics in the Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham
* Soaring Voices, Asian women in clay, at the Western Washington University in Bellingham
* 20th Century Clay from the collection of the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington
* Frye Museum installation by Li Cheng from Taiwan, in Seattle
* Ancient Asian pottery at the Seattle Asian Art Museum
* Contemporary American and European ceramics at the Seattle Art Museum downtown
* Contemporary Tulipiers at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, curated by Carol Gouthro

And if you COME EARLY AND STAY LATE, you can see a performance at the Moisture Festival, old fashioned and fun vaudeville and real burlesque, or see fields and fields of flowers at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
More in the works, collaborative installations a ceramic boat show near the lake, and a K12 regional show in the Bellevue Arts Museum. And, what we believe is an NCECA first, over 25 separate exhibitions in one place, the Seattle Design Center.
Next issue: we will announce a new collectors' pre-conference program, highlight galleries, university and college shows, art, workshops, and master classes. Plan now to COME EARLY AND STAY LATE.

Wally Bivins and Marge Levy Co-chairs, the Seattle Host Committee and On Site Liaisons to the Board


BREAKING NEWS: Shared Journeys II

Lv Pinchang joins program as Demonstrating Artist.
LvInternationally represented sculptor and Dean of Sculpture at Central Academy of Arts, Beijing, Lv Pinchang has been awarded a special government subsidy by the State Council. He is recognized as one of the leading sculptors in China today. Lv Pinchang is a member of the Ceramic Art Commission, China Artists Association, Deputy Secretary-general of China Sculpture Society, Deputy Secretary-general of the art commission, the National Urban Sculpture Guiding Committee. Pinchang has exhibited and demonstrated internationally. Also added to the program are Dryden Wells (Visiting Assistant Professor, Missouri State University) and John Neely (Professor of Art, Utah State University) who will present a panel along with Li Chao of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute on opportunities for Western artists in China.

An exciting new exhibition, From the Dragon's Fire: Contemporary Chinese Ceramics Invitational will have its premiere showing at the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Measaros Gallery during the symposium. This striking exhibition currently includes works by thirty-one of China's leading contemporary clay artists including works by Lv Pinchang, Li Lihong, Bai Ming, Sun Xiaocheng, He Ruijun, Yin Zhaoyang and many others receiving global attention from critics and collectors. This will be the first opportunity to see the diverse range of expression taking place in Chinese ceramics today and all the more rare to have this opportunity take place on US soil.

Registration for Shared Journeys II remains available but limited. Due to the impact of the earthquake and effects of Hurricane Irene on the mid-Atlantic region, NCECA is extending the early registration discount deadline from September 5 to September 15, 2011. Advance registration opportunities will remain open through October 1, 2011. Shared Journeys II takes place from October 14-16 on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Act soon to reserve your space and be a part of this remarkable experience.


Deadline Reminders!

2012 Emerging Artists: DEADLINE August 30, 2011

2012 National Student Juried Exhibition: DEADLINE September 29, 2011

2012 Weather or Not: DEADLINE October 1, 2011

2012 Topical Discussions/NCECA Connections: DEADLINE October 3, 2011

2012 Awards: DEADLINE September 30, 2011

2012 Board Nominations: DEADLINE September 30, 2011

2013 Concurrent, Independent Exhibitions: DEADLINE November 4, 2011


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In This Edition

From the President's Desk


Clay Happenings in Denver
September 15-17


2012 Conference Update: On the Edge SEATTLE


BREAKING NEWS: Shared Journeys II


Deadline Reminders!




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