2019 CLAY CONVERSATIONS PROPOSALS
(Previously know as Topical Networking, NCECA Connections, and/or Topical Discussions)

Claytopia
53rd Annual conference of the National Council on Education
for the Ceramic Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019

Deadline OCTOBER 10, 2018 (11:59PM EDT)

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If you have questions about leading a Clay Conversations group, contact Director at Large,
Zach Tate zach.nceca@gmail.com

Do you want to connect with others pursuing similar interests in clay? Clay Conversations sessions take place on Wednesday (the first day of conference) so that participants can connect with those who have similar interests early in the week and sustain informal dialog throughout the conference and beyond. All session leaders should be prepared to facilitate highly interactive discussion groups on the topic proposed. The proposer of the session should indicate whether the intention is to make formal introductory remarks or simply share questions which the group would reflect upon during the session. Facilitators are encouraged to invite additional questions from participants.

Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. The organizing theme of NCECA’s 53rd annual conference, Claytopia, will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of programming, exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s aspirations for social transformation, self-realization, and aesthetic experience. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.

What are the sources of inspiration that influence and impact our work today?

How are we grappling with issues to keep clay vital in classrooms, museums, and community settings?

How are our ideas about and practices of making changing?

How are we learning from and adapting to the interplay of cultures in the contemporary world? 

What is at stake as we work to sustain cultural legacies in a shifting present and unknown future?

How can we deepen appreciation and expand engagement with clay for individuals and communities? 

What do we hope to achieve through these deepened and expanded experiences?

NCECA seeks proposals that resonate with these questions and others related to its 53rd annual conference. Traditions and innovations coexist throughout the history of ceramic art. Let’s gather to share our ideas and research about our creative work with clay in the 21st century. Clay is a medium steeped in history, process, and divergent approaches. When we come together to grapple with change, new models of creating, teaching, and learning, we have the capacity to crystalize knowledge and share diverse understandings of community.

NCECA’s board of directors is made up of ceramic enthusiasts: educators, students, makers, businesspersons, and culture workers. They will read proposals individually and consider them collectively to make selections for the conference program. What do we want to see in a proposal? A successful proposal will clearly demonstrate that

… the topic to be presented is well-thought through;

… each presenter will share her/his knowledge and experience with her/his topic in ways that are informed, fresh, and unique;

… thought provoking, divergent, or under-explored perspectives are being explored;

… information is relevant to the conference theme;

… the information to be presented is relevant to concerns in the field today;

… different interests and audiences in the conference community are represented in the program.

NCECA reserves the right to curate and develop programming that strengthens the quality and range of experiences related to the conference theme, sense of place, and other strategic objectives. If you have questions about leading a Clay Conversation group, contact Director at Large, Zach Tate zach.nceca@gmail.com

• Sessions are 1 hour in length.  Proposed topics and discussions should utilize the time allotted.
• Presenters should create proposals that are not dependent upon technology (i.e. projectors and laptops will not be available).

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Pittsburgh, PA during NCECA 2018.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation. 

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Proposals related to the Conference theme of Claytopia will receive preference. 

***IMPORTANT***Although the system that supports this submission form does not currently include an active word counter, NCECA asks all applicants to note and adhere to word count limitations that are identified in open fields. 

The best way to do this for most applicants will be to compose responses to these open fields first utilizing the word-processing software on your computer or device and take advantage of the included word-counting tools.

Once composed, proofed, and counted, you can copy your text from your local word processing software into the appropriate fields in the form. Please note that in some instances, special characters copied from word processing platforms may be converted in the form system. For this reason, we caution applicants on the use of special characters where not absolutely necessary.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude applications that disregard word count limits and to edit any and all text submitted for reasons ranging from space allocation to style, fluency of language, and grammatical concerns.

Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered.
Please prepare BEFORE starting the form. (Only .doc, .docx, or .pdf files will be accepted):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you login to the NCECA database.
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Description (Limit 325 words)
  • Program Guide Abstract (Limit 50 words) 
  • Short Bio (Limit 50 words)
  • Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
  • If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio, and headshot will be used for website and print publications.
  • Identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list provided on form)
Proposal abstracts will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making.  Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as soon as possible. 
A 2019 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2019 calendar year will be provided.  

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If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net.