NCECA Annual Conference


Material World
48th Annual Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin        
March 19-22, 2014

March 12-18

On Fire at Adamah: A hands-on workshop celebrating sculpture, teapots and wood-fire at a world-class facility
Come join us at the Adamah Clay Studios of Bethel Horizons for 7 days of intensive exploration of woodfire techniques and hands-on ceramic workshops from three premiere artists.  Ching Yuan Chang from Tiawan will be exploring teapot design, Joy Brown will offer us a sculpture workshop and a chance to create tiles for a community mural. Ken Bichell will load and facilitate the firing of the catanary portion of our Anagma wood kiln. Participants are asked to bring bisqueware for the firing. We will also explore the arts in Madison, Wisconsin and visit local artists' studios. We do not have handicap accessible transportation for transport between housing and studio buildings (buildings are handicap accessbile). Transportation is available to the NCECA Conference in Milwaukee the morning of the 19th.  Adamah Clay Studios of Bethel Horizons, 4651 Cty Why ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533.  Contact Jennifer Mally, Program Director,  608-574-8100, Information and registration at:  Cost: $535 on/before December 31, 2013; $585 January 1 and after; $500 student fee.

March 16

A Day With Harris Deller
Harris Deller will inspire us all as he rolls, alters & incises slabs of clay like we’ve never seen before.  He will form tea pots, vases and plates using his unique style & technique.  Harris has experienced ceramics all over the world and this is our chance to tap into that knowledge in an intimate setting.  Please join us for this exciting event, lunch and refreshments are included.  Harris will also have some of his art for sale.  Antioch Pottery, 25942 W. Heart O Lakes Blvd., Antioch, IL 60002.  Workshop cost is $65.00 per person and pre-registration is required.  Contact Jill Tortorella at

March 18

Arts/Industry Tour
Tour the artists’ studios in the Kohler Co. factory, view a selection of work from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 1973 exhibition The Plastic Earth in the Kohler Co. Design Center, and see the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 40-year retrospective exhibition of the Arts/Industry residency program, ARTS/INDUSTRY: Collaboration and Revelation, which features more than 300 works installed throughout eleven galleries. This special tour will include a talk by Arts/Industry’s founder, Director Ruth DeYoung Kohler, light breakfast and a boxed lunch.  NOTE: This tour involves a walking tour of the Kohler Co. factory. CLOSE-TOED SHOES ARE REQUIRED; cameras and cell phones are not permitted on the factory floor.  The factory is not an accessible facility.

Works of art by more than 200 artists will be featured, including Ann Agee, Mary Jo Bole, Phoebe Cummings, Jack Earl, Ron Fondaw, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Deborah Horrell, George Mason, Melissa McGill, Lesley McTague, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Jim Neel, Denise Pelletier, Tom Spleth, Tetsuya Yamada, and Arnie Zimmerman. The exhibition in the Kohler Co. Design Center features contemporary ceramics from the early 1970s by 16 then-emerging and established artists including Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Ralph Bacerra, Richard DeVore, Karen Massaro, Michele Oka Doner, Peter Voulkos, and Patti Warashina.

Buses will depart Milwaukee at 8:30am returning 3:45pm.  $80 per person.  Contact Kristin Plucar, 920-458-6144;  Registration deadline is March 10.

Consumerism Lightning Talks
In conjunction with the Haggerty Museum’s current exhibitions, the Haggerty and Chipstone Foundation will present “lightning talks” focusing on issues related to consumerism. For this event, six speakers representing diverse disciplines will each present a short lecture (5-10 minutes) followed by an active discussion with the audience. Artist/educator Nicholas Frank will serve as the moderator.

Dr. Syed H. Akhter (Professor of Marketing, Department of Marketing, Marquette University)
Mr. Lane Hall (Artist/Professor, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Mr. Rob Hunter (Editor, Ceramics in America)
Ms. Niki Johnson (Artist/Adjunct Professor, Sculpture Department, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design)
Ms. Lisa Moline (Artist/Associate Professor, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Dr. Richard Popp (Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

6:00-7:30pm.  Marquette University’s Eckstein Hall (adjacent to the Haggerty Museum of Art), 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee 53233, 414-288-7090.  Contact Lynne Shumow, 414-288-5915,  For more information, please go to