NCECA Annual Conference


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Theaster Gates
Yamaguchi, Soul Manufacturing Corporation and A Potter Named Dave. The Need for Blackness Within Contemporary Ceramics

Roundtable Discussion:
Chris Staley [m], Brooke Davis Anderson, Bill Strickland and Theaster Gates
Handle as Bridge: Creativity, Learning and Purpose

Randall Session

Leslie & The Ly’s Live: Dance Blaster 1,000

Closing Lecture
Cynthia Bringle

Demonstrating Artists
Ayumi Horie
Michelle Erickson
Ching Yuan Chang
Kelly & Kyle Phelps

A meeting place of diverse interests to gather information and exchange ideas.
— Student


Brooke Davis Anderson
Brooke Davis Anderson is the Executive Director for Prospect New Orleans/U.S. Biennial. Prospect.3 will be on view throughout the Crescent City from October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015. From 2010 to 2012 Anderson was Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In this role, Anderson oversaw several major projects, including the Watts Towers Conservation and Community Initiative, and the "Curatorial Diversity Initiative" a Mellon funded pilot program aiming to change the demographics of museum professionals in American museums across the nation. From 1999 to 2010, Anderson was Director and Curator at The Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, where she curated countless exhibitions (most notably projects on Martin Ramirez, Henry Darger, and other contemporary self-taught artists), authored several books and numerous articles, and led the $1 million acquisition of the Henry Darger Study Center. She has held the post of Assistant Professor at Columbia University, City College of New York, and Winston-Salem State University. From 1992-1999 Anderson was director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, where she tripled the budget, audience, programming and publicity. During her tenure in North Carolina she was recognized by the Chronicle Newspaper as "Curator of African American Art," and was honored by an endowment established in her name to ensure the museum's future.
Linda Arbuckle
Arbuckle has shown work and taught pottery workshops across the U.S. and in several international locations. University of Florida has recognized her research with Graduate Research Professorship and her teaching with Teaching Improvement and Graduate Mentoring awards. Recent activities include a team-taught class with Suze Lindsay at Curaumilla Arts Center, Chile, and a month-long residency and 3-day workshop at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.  Linda has served as Director-at-Large on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and as juror for an NCECA Clay National. Additional details:
Ben Carter
Ben Carter is a ceramic professional based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his Masters Degree in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2010. He maintains a studio, teaches workshops and exhibits nationally. He is the creator and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast.
Wen-Hung Chen
Wen-Hung Cheng, is the chief of educational department at New Taipei city ceramics museum. A potter, educator: his dedication could be concluded as following three facets: educating people and makes them better understanding of ceramics; Provide professional training of ceramics to increase better competitive capability of local pottery business; Building a ceramic platform between local and globe.
Tony Clennell

Tony Clennell has worked as a self-employed functional potter since 1980.  Tony received his MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University and his Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario. He holds a BComm from Ryerson University and a Business Diploma from Sheridan College. In 2009, Tony became a member of the distinguished Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.Tony has attended residencies internationally in Japan, China, England and Italy.

In addition to studio practice and teaching at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in Oakville, Ontario, Canada he conducts workshops internationally and has over 55 published articles in various ceramic journals.

Kim Dickey
Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Dickey received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Alfred University. She has exhibited in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and in the United States at MASS MoCA, Everson Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum (now MAD), and the MCA Denver, among other venues.
David S. East 
David S. East currently serves as Chair of Ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Widely exhibited, David’s work was recently featured in the GICBiennale in Icheon, Korea and in solo exhibitions at Schulman Projects in Baltimore, MD. Awards received include: Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Lighton Foundation, the McKnight Foundation among others.
Carole Epp
Carole Epp is a Canadian ceramic artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received her Masters Degree in Ceramics from the Australian National University in 2005 and currently maintains a full time studio practice alongside raising her two young boys. She exhibits nationally as well as internationally. She is editor and curator of Musing About Mud.
Michelle Erickson
Michelle Erickson has a B.F.A. from The College of William and Mary. Her works are in many major museums. Renowned for her rediscovery of lost ceramic techniques Erickson created three films while artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012. Michelle received a VMFA 2013-14 fellowship award.
Alison Ferris
Alison Ferris is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Most recently Ferris was the lead curator for the major exhibitions The Drawing Season, the kids are all right, and Uncommon Ground. She is currently overseeing an exhibition featuring work made in the Art Center’s renowned Arts/Industry program.
Adam Field
Adam Field is a studio potter and long-term resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2008 he apprenticed under Onggi master Kim Ill Mahn in Icheon, South Korea. He created the “HIDE-N-SEEKAH”, social media event, in 2013. His YouTube videos are a well-known resource within the clay community.
Theaster Gates

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice thatincludes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates founded the non-profit Rebuild Foundation and is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.

Bill Griffith
Bill Griffith is a ceramic artist and program director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. His sculptural and functional work have been exhibited and published in international, national juried/invitational exhibitions and publications. A recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, he is active as a juror for craft festivals, national exhibitions and state arts council fellowship awards.
Lisa Hammond
A soda glaze & Shino potter and lecturer for 35 years. My work is represented in many galleries, museums and private collections worldwide. Founder and Chair of Adopt a Potter Charitable Trust. Nine years elected board member of
Craft Potters Association UK. I have trained 12 apprentices to date.
Fred Herbst
Fred Herbst earned a MFA in Ceramics from the University of North Texas in 1998. He is currently a Professor of Art at Corning Community College in New York. He has presented and exhibited nationally and internationally. Fred’s website is
Mark Hewitt
Mark Hewitt is the son and grandson of Directors of Spode, and earned a Degree in Geography from Bristol University, England, before apprenticing with Michael Cardew. He then served a second apprenticeship with Todd Piker in CT, before moving to Pittsboro, NC, in 1983 with his wife Carol. He uses local materials and a wood kiln to make high-quality tableware and very large pots.  He has exhibited and written widely, and is current President of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Pottery Center.
Ayumi Horie
Ayumi Horie is a studio potter from Portland, Maine who has utilized social media to
support her studio practice and online fundraisers she has organized such as Obamaware and Handmade For Japan. She was the first recipient of the Ceramics Monthly’s "Ceramic Artist of the Year" award. Horie is on the board of the American Craft Council.
Stephen Hoskins

Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England Bristol. His research spans from 3D printing to 19th Century printing technologies and his latest book is '3D printing for artists designers and makers' published by Bloomsbury 2013.

Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter (Rob) is a professional archaeologist and ceramic historian. Since 2001, he has been editor of the scholarly journal, Ceramics in America.  Mr. Hunter lectures widely and writes for a variety of other ceramic and antiquarian publications.  He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Michael Kline
Michael Kline received his BFA from the University of TN-Knoxville in 1986 and maintains a studio near the Penland School in Bakersville, NC. Michael leads workshops in pottery and social media and exhibits nationally and writes about his life as a potter with children at
Jo Lauria
Jo Lauria is an Independent Curator/Writer specializing in Decorative Arts, Design and Crafts. She is the organizer of several national touring exhibitions as well as numerous Museum survey exhibitions. In 2011 – 2012 she curated “Golden State of Craft: California 1960 – 1985”. This exhibition of California Crafts was part of The Getty Foundation initiative Pacific Standard Time. Further, Lauria has directed and produced film documentaries focused on artists and topics relevant to the fields of Craft and Design. 
Jia-haur Liang
Jia-haur Liang is currently Assistant Professor of the Ceramics Studio at the Dept. of Crafts and Design, National Taiwan University of Arts. He completed his PhD at the Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney in 2009. Liang is a member of the organising committee for the 2013 Contemporary Ceramic Arts in Asia exhibition.
Kelly & Kyle Phelps
Identical twin brothers Kelly and Kyle Phelps are Associate Professors at private Catholic universities in Ohio. Kelly Phelps is an Associate Professor/Chair at Xavier University (Cincinnati) where he over sees the sculpture department. Kyle is an Associate Professor at University Dayton (Dayton) where he is the head of the ceramic department. Much of the twins' work is about the blue collar working-class, race relations and the everyday struggles of the common man and
woman. Both Kelly and Kyle continue to work collaboratively to create their artwork and share a studio in Centerville (OH). The Phelps twins have conducted workshops at the highly respected Penland School of Craft Arts as well as the Baltimore Clayworks. The twins share numerous grants, regional and national exhibitions, and commissions. More notable private collectors of thetwins work are in the hands of film director Michael Moore, and actor Morgan Freeman as well as
a major review in the world acclaimed Sculpture Magazine and American Craft Magazine.
Sandi Pierantozzi
Sandi Pierantozzi has been handbuilding pots since 1984. She presents workshops across the country. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and featured in over a dozen books. For NCECA, she was an Emerging Talent, 1993, and a featured
demonstrator, 2001. Awards include a Fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on Arts, 2001.
Meg Roberts
"Meg Roberts is a North Dakota native who received her BFA from North Dakota State University in 2012.  Roberts focuses on social practice applications of functional work and founded the nonprofit organization, Plants for Patients, which creates post-abortion support through the gift of a ceramic planter and handwritten note. "
Tim Rowan
Tim Rowan apprenticed for 2 years in Japan with ceramic artist Ryuichi Kakurezaki before going on to receive his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions internationally most recently having solo shows at Cavin- Morris Gallery in New York and Lacoste Gallery in Massachusetts.
 Rebecca Sive
Author and speaker Rebecca Sive is an art collector committed to supporting living and active functional ceramic artists who excel in the medium, have affirmatively chosen ceramics as the focal point of their artistic careers, and who take joy in the decorative arts as a part of every day life.
Mary Ann Steggles
Mary Ann Steggles is Acting Director of the School of Art, University of Manitoba. Her research has been published in Art and Perception - Technical, Topferblatt, and Ornamentvm. She is currently curating a major traveling exhibition on Canadian studio pottery masters and 'youth showing potential' for the fall of 2015.
Bill Strickland
Joan Takayama-Ogawa
Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s ceramics are in the Renwick Gallery; deYoung Museum; World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, South Korea; Princessehof Leewarden Nationaal Keramiek Museum, Netherlands; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Oakland Museum of California; Long Beach Museum of Art; American Museum of Ceramic Art; Racine Art Museum; Hallmark Collection. Professor at Otis College of Art and Design.
Leonard Todd
Leonard Todd, a Yale graduate, is the author of Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter, Dave (W. W. Norton). His book was one of four finalists for The National Award for Arts Writing. He has spoken about Dave on National Public Radio, at the Smithsonian Institution, and at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
Elenor Wilson
Elenor is a studio artist and the Associate Editor of The Studio Potter magazine. She holds an MFA from SUNY New Paltz, 2009. She recently returned from a three-year stay in Taiwan, which included residencies at both the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, and WuXing Design Studio.
Merrie Wright 
Merrie Wright received her MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.
She exhibits her works nationally, has curated many ceramic-based exhibitions, and does workshops and lectures for universities, art centers, and galleries.
Richard Wukich
Richard Wukich is the International Coordinator of Potter’s Water Action Group, an association of organizations and individuals who advocate the promotion, production and distribution of the silver
enhanced ceramic water filter. He and his wife Barbara maintain Plain Grove Pottery and raise Thoroughbred horses and beef cattle on their farm near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
Valerie Zimany
Valerie Zimany is an Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics, at Clemson University, and completed her MFA in Crafts/Ceramics from Kanazawa College of Art as a Japanese Government Scholar. She is a two-time Fulbright grantee, as well as the recipient of awards by Ceramics Monthly Magazine and the American Craft Council. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally.