CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture
52nd Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 14 – 17, 2018


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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:

CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture is the organizing theme of NCECA’s 2018 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention, Pittsburgh is a place in which clay people can gather to share knowledge, celebrate and critique our work in arts, culture, teaching and learning.

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 52nd 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. 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 .JPEG will be accepted):

  • basic contact information
  • brief description of the presentation or story to share (Limit 300 characters including spaces)
  • presentation title (if selected this will be listed in the Conference Program Guide – Limit 50 characters including spaces)
  • identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list provided on form)
  • Exactly five images that you want to share (upload as jpg only)

Image details to include:
• Image (Each image no larger than 800 KB (6″ x 4.25″, 300dpi)
• Image Title
• Relevance to presentation – (Limit 300 characters including spaces)
• Brief Image description – (Limit 300 characters including spaces – to include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, photo credit if applicable.

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. 

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well to Internet Explorer or Safari.

After you complete your online submission form for this opportunity, please hit SUBMIT only one time. The form data could take several minutes to submit particularly with multiple images.

A confirmation message will be generated through NCECA’s website to let you know that your application has been successfully transmitted and received. Please save this message.

If you do not receive this confirmation message within an hour after the time that you submitted your proposal, please email to alert NCECA of a possible problem with your submission.