Founded in 1966, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA advances creation, teaching and learning through clay in the contemporary world. Ceramic art connects us to physical and cognitive experiences that foster environments of cultural equity, diversity, access, and inclusion. Engaging body and mind in imaginative inquiry, clay work shapes our interactions with one another and gives form to ideation, innovation and traditions of insight.  

The following goals and objectives are included in NCECA’s current strategic plan …

Catalyze innovation, quality and critical thinking in ceramic art and learning.

  • Share ceramic art’s legacies across generations 
  • Forge partnerships that facilitate year-round programming 
  • Promote awareness and understanding of global perspectives in ceramic art.  
  • Develop a fellowship award in curatorial research and critical writing.

Focus NCECA’s collective capacity to act as a thought leader to direct the field’s attention to key issues that will shape its future.

  • Frame big ideas through thoughtful program curation.
  • Convene partnerships for global participation around clay, art, teaching and learning.
  • Provide practical and theoretical content through online resources.

Cultivate and serve NCECA’s individual and institutional members by providing programs, publications, services and opportunities that reflect changing needs in the field.

  • Improve access to valuable information on pedagogical and professional practices resources.
  • Generate and share advocacy resources that strengthen and reinforce our shared commitment to ceramics art as a medium of creative expression, a pathway to sustainable careers, and a means of cultivating appreciation for world cultures.  

Provide an inclusive and welcoming community of practice that advances excellence and diversity through which all can share knowledge, opportunity and research pertaining to ceramic art and learning. 

  • Cultivate participation by artists of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints in NCECA programs and promote them to the field.  
  • Align the organizational communications as well as opportunities and programmatic concepts with NCECA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • Enhance the value of NCECA’s website by including more practical information and resources.

 Be an outstanding global forum to connect and support ceramic art and education communities in the exchange of artistic knowledge, professional practices, and social impacts of the field. 

  • Continuously work to improve the quality of conference planning and implementation.
  • Advance curatorial practice in ceramic art

Provide for a financially-sustainable NCECA with increased organizational capacity, and the ability to support is mission and while recognizing changing needs within its constituency.

  • Identify revenue gaps and the opportunities for developing new earned and contributed revenue to fill them.
  • Pursue and better focus restricted assets to support strategic goals.
  • Lengthen financial planning outlook by developing multi-year operations and program budgets with related development goals and plans. 
  • Assess major factors and anticipated events/activities as possible over the next ten years, and begin development of a longer-range financial plan that identifies new revenue needs and outlines a roadmap and strategy for the future.
  • Evaluate and revise NCECA’s current governance structure, policies, and procedures to support strategic goals, and provide expertise, leadership and support to position the organization as a leader of a changing field.  
  • Develop human resources infrastructure to support the organization’s needs and growth over the next 3-5 years.