2018 Board Candidates

NCECA is pleased to introduce 2017 candidates for two positions on its Board of Directors: Director at Large and Student Director at Large. Elections will open early March and will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. All current members prior to March 1 will receive an email invitation to vote. If you joined membership after this date, please notify candice@nceca.net or joberman.nceca@gmail.com to receive your evite. All votes must be cast by 4pm ET, Friday, March 16, 2017. If you become a member while at conference, please see Candice at registration to get set up for voting.

To learn more about each candidate, click on the names below


Director at Large

Zach Tate works at the University of Notre Dame as a research associate for the Ceramics Department and has been the Executive Director of Goshen Youth Arts-a non-profit organization serving youth ages 9-19. He received his B.F.A. in ceramics from Missouri State University his M.F.A. from Texas Tech University.




Dustin Yager earned degrees from Carleton College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After volunteering and teaching at Lillstreet Art Center, he moved to Minneapolis, where he became Head of Education and Artist Services at Northern Clay Center. Originally from Wyoming and now based in Brooklyn, Dustin teaches at Greenwich House and BKLYN Clay.

Photo: Joe O’Leary



Student Director at Large

Casey Beck is currently pursuing a BFA in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and creates utilitarian pottery. He has recently exhibited his work in the Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley exhibition, in Hudson, WI. For the past three years, Casey has organized fundraising for students to attend NCECA.



Michael Bishop began studying ceramics in high school under Shane Christensen, he continued studying ceramics at Dixie State University receiving his undergraduate degree studying under Shane Christensen, Glen Blakley, and Heath Papa. Michael is currently an MFA Candidate studying under Lee Rexrode and Chuck Johnson at Edinboro State University.



Ashlyn Pope is a ceramic artist originally from Morristown, New Jersey and has received her BFA in ceramics and printmaking from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is currently working on an MFA in ceramics at Pennsylvania State University. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and continues.



Jacklyn Scott was born into an artistic family and spent most of her childhood in her mother’s clay studio, volunteering at craft centers and during college working summers at Peters Valley School of Craft. Her exposure to the beauty of handmade objects and the interesting people who make them, led her to study and earn a degree at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia where she explored her many interests in printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. She now works full-time at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, as the Studio Manager for the Art Department where she is currently working towards her MFA in Ceramic Arts.

Saba Stovall is a ceramicist in Atlanta, GA currently pursuing a Masters in Art History from Georgia State University after receiving a BFA in Ceramics in 2016 from the same institution. Their [sic] focus is on the intersection of feminist art history, traditional craft mediums, and marginalization of gender/sexuality.



Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Eliza Weber received a BFA from The University of Montana in 2011. She has completed a short residency at Medalta International in Alberta, Canada and a two-year Artist in Residence at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington. Afterwards, Eliza spent two years at Kansas State University as an Instructor of Record. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Arizona State University.