53rd Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 

Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019


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Short Form – Brief presentations by international artists, new projects and storytelling. During recent conferences, these presentations have taken place in venues like International Slide Forum, blinc 20/20 or Clay Stories. Presentations may run from 7-20 minutes. If you have questions about Short From proposals, please email:

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 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. 

All NCECA MEMBERS are eligible. Participation is limited to only one presentation. A current NCECA Membership, at the time of application, is required to be eligible to apply for NCECA’s Short Form.

Membership in NCECA is paid on an annual basis and is not included in conference registration. NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of joining or renewal. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please LOGIN to your Member Profile which contains your expiration date or contact  To renew or become a member of NCECA, go to:

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process. A link to the form is provided below.

***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.

Applicants are strongly advised to prepare the following BEFORE starting the online submission process. Your online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered (Only .jpg for images will be accepted):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you login to the NCECA database.
  • Brief description of the presentation or story to share (Limit 50 words)
  • Presentation title (Limit 10 words) – If selected this will be printed in the Conference Program Guide.
  • EXACTLY five (5) images that you want to share (upload as jpg only, each image no larger than 800 KB. Image details to include:
            • Image Title
            • Relevance to presentation – (Limit 50 words)
            • Brief Image description – (Limit 50 words – to include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, photo credit if applicable.)
  • 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 selections.  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 selection are made.

No honorarium, conference pass or other compensation is provided for services.


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If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact or