The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a professional association of individuals and organizations whose interests, talents and careers are focused on the ceramic arts.

United by a fascination with the responsive, captivating medium of clay and its potential for creative expression, NCECA members share a conviction that the work of the hand has the power to shape lives. NCECA is dedicated to ensuring the future of an art form that has been a common thread in human culture for over 30,000 years.

NCECA is a qualified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization.


NCECA became an independent organization in 1966, after several years of affiliation with the Ceramics Education Council of the American Ceramic Society. NCECA was founded and developed by forward-thinking ceramic artists who saw the benefits of a professional organization in its ability to create identity, definition and support for the ceramics teacher and artist, and to promote advancement of the ceramic arts.

During its first decade, NCECA was a small gathering of a few hundred artists. In the 1980s it grew to more than 1,000 members, and today comprises more than 4,000 members. The annual NCECA conference is the world’s largest event held in the field of ceramic arts.