2018 NCECA PRE and POST CONFERENCE EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If this event receives approval from NCECA’s 2018 on-site liaison, the information will be posted on NCECA’s web site.
March 9-11, 2018
Conversions: The Combustion of One Thing Becoming Another. Update: Pre-Conference Wood-Salt Firing at Touchstone. In 2008 Kevin Crowe & Jack Troy led an exciting pre-conference firing in the double catenary kiln Kevin built at Touchstone Center for Crafts, in Farmington, PA., an hour and a half southeast of Pittsburgh. They will update that event in March, 2018. We will meet at Touchstone Friday, March 9th, surface the stoneware and porcelain clays with glazes and washes, load both chambers, kindle the kiln overnight, and fire off Sunday 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.
Contact Travis Winters
March 10-11, 2018
Andy Brayman – Hand and Machine: Experimentation and Provocation. Robotics is increasingly changing our world. While these changes occur in our factories, hospitals and military, the artist’s studio can serve as a novel space to explore these futures. There is something simultaneously perverse yet poetic about digital tools designed to manipulate clay; the material that records the human touch like none other. This workshop will revolve around experimentation and provocation by coupling the ancient material of clay with contemporary tools of robotics and software. Participants will help fashion tools and strategies for collaboration with a robotic arm that will cut, push, and attach wet clay in the service of us as artists. No prior computer/clay skills needed. Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Public Presentation: Friday, Mar. 9, 2018, 7 p.m. Exhibit: Feb. 24-May 20, 2018.
Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, WV 25701
Contact George Lanham, 304-529-2701, email@example.com. Public presentation is free. Museum admission is $5, free on Tuesdays. Workshop fee is $325 for non-members; $275 for Museum Members; $250 for teachers; and $200 for students. Meet-and-greet, first-day breakfast and daily lunch included in the workshop fee.
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
March 12, 2018
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)
Contact Shoji Satake, 304-680-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free. Handicap accessible.
March 12 & 13, 2018
Adam Field – Nature Tradition: Cultivating Inspirations in Clay. In this two-day workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms. He will also demonstrate traditional Korean Onggi coil and paddle pottery techniques. From ancient Korean techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, participants will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery. Participants will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns in clay. Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice.
March 12, 10am-6pm with Artist lecture 7pm-8pm; March 13, 10am-6pm.
$100 for the 2-day workshop or $65 per day; $50 for 2-day workshop or $30 per day for students with a valid college ID.
To register go to http://www.hopecat.org/workshop.
Hope Center for Arts and Technology
115 Anson Way, Sharon, PA 16146 (70 miles North of Pittsburgh)
Contact Christian Kuharik, 724-931-9575 email@example.com
March 13 & 17, 2018
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. $12.00/person.
March 17, 2018
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 ….”
To register go to https://www.fireborn.com/nceca-post-conference-workshops/.
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; email@example.com.
Free. An rsvp is appreciated but not required.
March 18, 2018
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.
To register go to https://www.fireborn.com/nceca-post-conference-workshops/
2338 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (3 miles from the convention center)
Contact Daniel Vito, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19-20, 2018
Post NCECA Conference Symposium with Artstream Nomadic Gallery. This conference will be live streamed in its entirety at mc3.edu/nceca. Montgomery County Community College Arts and Humanities program and the Ceramics Club will be hosting a two-day Post Conference for the 2018 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts March 19th and 20th, 2018 featuring three nationally renowned artist artist/potters—Lisa Orr, Mike Helke and Simon Levin, keynote speech—Roberto Lugo, and a traveling exhibition, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, and the Artstream Ceramic Library outreach project. 10:00am-4:00pm.
Montgomery County Community College
304 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19460
Contact Michael Connelly
Professor of Art/Ceramics
Both conference and live streaming of the conference are Free and open to the public.
March 20, 2018
Art Up Close a program/demonstration with Jeff Greenham, Coordinator of Ceramics Program, Fairmont. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Grand Hall, Museum Education Center, WVU Evnasdale Campus, 342 Patteson Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506, 304-293-7790. Contact Joyce Ice, Director, Art Museum of WVU, 304-293-6825, email@example.com.
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