2019 Board Candidates

NCECA is pleased to introduce 2019 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 29, 2019. 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

Mac McCusker received an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University. He is a former resident artist and current instructor at Odyssey Clayworks in NC.  Mac is a member of ArtAxis and The Socially Engaged Craft Collective. His work focuses on social and political narratives. He is a full-time artist in Asheville, NC.



Lauren Sandler examines cultural narratives of power and perspective through allegoric vessels and mundane assemblages. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Ceramics from Ithaca College and SUNY New Paltz, and teaches at SUNY New Paltz



C.A.Traen founded Rancho Ceramics Studio in Las Vegas, NV in 2005. Since relocating to Memphis, TN in 2016, she teaches ceramics at University of Memphis, leads Laguna Clay’s educational initiative, and is building a community studio gallery. Traen teaches workshops, exhibits, and is collected in the US, Europe, and Asia.



Student Director at Large

Myka Hayden is a ceramic graduate student at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from Edinboro Unversity of Pennsylvania. Myka began her ceramic education at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work combines pottery and sculpture using various making, firing, and finishing techniques.


Emily Irvin maintains a hybrid art practice that merges her experience working within ceramics, performance, sculpture, and printmaking. She studied Health Sciences and Ceramics at the Ohio State University and continued studying ceramics at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Irvin is currently pursuing a MFA at Colorado University, Boulder. 



Bailey Pitzer is currently pursuing her BFA in ceramics with a minor in secondary education at Midwestern State University. As an artist, Bailey is passionate about examining spiritual symbolism and transposing those symbols that resonate with her with elements of nature. Bailey is currently working as a ceramics student assistant at Midwestern State.



Eliza Weber is pursuing her MFA at Arizona State University. Originally from Great Falls, she received her BFA from The University of Montana. For two years, she was an Instructor of Record at Kansas State University. Eliza completed a short Artist in Residence at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and another two years at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington.