NCECA 2018 Pre/Post Conference Events cannot conflict with programming. They can be scheduled prior to March 14 and after 2:00pm on March 17, 2018. If you would like to feature a pre or post conference event, please email the completed form below to Dori Nielsen at dori@nceca.net. If this event receives approval from NCECA’s 2018 on-site liaison, the information will be posted on NCECA’s web site.

2018 Pre and Post Conference Event Request Form

 March 10-12, 2018
Conversions: The Combustion of One Thing Becoming Another. “Update: Pre-ConferenceWood-Salt Firing at Touchstone”. In 2008 Kevin Crowe and Jack Troy led an exciting preconference firing in the double catenary kiln Kevin built at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania, an hour and a half southeast of Pittsburgh. They will update that event in March, 2018. We will meet at Touchstone on Sunday, March 11, surface the stoneware
and porcelain clays with glazes and washes, load both chambers, kindle the kiln overnight, and fire off late Monday night, concluding the 24-30 hour firing. This will be an excellent opportunity to experience firing in a responsive, manageable kiln that has produced thousands of fine pieces in its many years of operation. Kevin and Jack enjoy working together and sharing their experiences with stokers from near and far. Class size is limited to 12.

Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Road
Farmington, PA 15437

Travis Winters

March 12

Jennifer Allen – Deb Schwartzkopf: Great Friends, Beautiful Pottery.  Free one-day ceramics workshop at West Virginia University Ceramics Department.  For more information on the artists visit https://www.jenniferallenceramics.com or http://ratcitysutdios.com.  For more information on West Virginia University Ceramics visit https://artanddesign.wvu.edu/academics/ceramics.  10:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm.  West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Ceramics Studio 2339, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506 (80 min. south of Pittsburgh on I-79), 304-680-7500.  Contact Shoji Satake, 304-680-7500, shoji.satake@mail.wvu.edu.  Free. Handicap accessible.

March 13 & 17

Studio Tour: Red Clay Tile Works.  Demonstrations and explanation of tools and equipment for continuous tile extrusion, making simple and complex dies solving some common extrusion problems, production pressing techniques without expensive equipment, material handling system as well as work and project examples in studio showroom.  Freestyle informal Q and A.  Can accommodate 6 to 8 people at a time for 1 hour sessions.  Red Clay Tile Works, 75 Meade Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202, 412-734-2222.  March 13, 10:00am and 2:00pm; March 17, 3:30pm.  Contact Anders Anderson, 412-734-2222, redclay1@verizon.net.  $12.00/person.

March 17

Luscious Clay: Soft Slab Workshop with Marion Angelica.  Do you love the softness of clay and want to keep that look in your finished work?  Learn Marion Angelica’s tips and tricks for hand-building with soft slab porcelain.  This hands-on workshop will cover the design and use of templates, and students will learn her building techniques by making bowls, pitchers, and trays.  Come ready to get your hands in clay and learn new ways to work with porcelain.  Marion’s sensual, sinuous soft slab hand built work, design excellence, and complementary glazing results in some of the best work available.  Marion Angelica has been hand-building porcelain for over 20 years and has an MFA from SUNY-New Paltz.  She has an active studio practice in Minneapolis, MN, teaches at the Northern Clay Center, and offers workshops nationally.

Originally trained as a sculptor, she discovered clay late, after working in stone, metal and wood and fell in love with it immediately.  Her passion is designing and making unique functional forms and her driving question is “What if ….”

Cost $85.
To register go to https://www.fireborn.com/nceca-post-conference-workshops/.

Fireborrn Studios
2338 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (3 miles from the convention center)
Contact Daniel Vito, dan45@fireborn.com

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Art Studio Tour and Discussion.  Join Art Studio Manager Carina Kooiman for an in-depth tour of the museum’s Art Studio and discussion of the Museum’s Principles of Practice. These principles are observable behaviors of learners as they engage in art-making, and provide a lens for our work as designers and facilitators of arts experiences. Learn about the research process which culminated in these principles, and how they are used to develop and evaluate arts programming. Specific emphasis will be given to the ways in which these principles have influenced the integration of ceramics into the larger art studio. Following this session participants are welcome to explore the museum on their own, including temporary ceramic installation Block by Debbie Reichard. 2:30pm-4:00pm.  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-322-5058.  Contact Carina Kooiman, 412-322-5058 x 224; ckooiman@pittsburghkids.org.  Free.  An rsvp is appreciated but not required.


March 18

Scaling Up:Workshop:Throwing and slab building techniques for making powerful, large scale work.  Joseph Sand is a master of the large vessel. In the morning, he will demonstrate traditional coil and throw using a torch to dry the pot as it gets ever larger and larger. After lunch, he will demonstrate his unusual methods for making large slab-built sculpture.  Joseph fires with wood in a 40-foot anagama kiln. https://josephsandpottery.com.  Sand trained as a sculptor at the University of Minnesota, receiving a B.F.A. with honors in 2006. During his undergraduate courses, he studied art for one year in Italy, followed by another year in England, after receiving a very competitive, college-wide scholarship. While in England, he worked alongside many prolific potters, including Svend Bayer and Clive Bowen, which heavily influenced his direction as an artist, taking up functional pottery as a means of personal expression.  He completed a three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt in 2009 and now resides in Randleman, North Carolina. He fires his large, wood-fired kiln three times a year. The majority of his work is sold on his property during kiln opening sales. Joseph’s work is also represented in several galleries across the United States.  His functional work combines the styles of traditional, Southern alkaline glazeware and East Asian design, among others. Sculptural works are abstract pieces inspired by the natural elements.

Cost $85
To register go to https://www.fireborn.com/nceca-post-conference-workshops/
Fireborn Studios
2338 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (3 miles from the convention center)
Contact Daniel Vito, dan45@fireborn.com.


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