A limited number of engaging conference-related experiences will be open to the public at no charge. These include
Projects Space, NCECA Gallery Expo, Cup Exhibition & Sale, K12 Exhibition, keynote presentation, and the Randall Session:

NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clayas medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work. Artists will create their works on-site in a publicly accessible area of the convention center. 
More info coming soon!

Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy.  She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the Executive Director of  Honor the Earth (HtE).  She co-founded HtE with the Indigo Girls, as a platform to raise awareness of and money for indigenous struggles for environmental justice.  She works nationally and internationally
on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities.  In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, and Akiing: 8th Fire Project.  She also runs Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm.  Globally and nationally, Winona is known as a leader in the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems. She is one of the leaders in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

LaDuke’s work on food systems includes; the creation of Native Harvest, protection of wild rice (manoomin), and the promotion of food sovereignty for reservation communities. On her farm in northern Minnesota, she grows traditional varieties of corn, beans, squash, Jerusalem artichokes, melons, herbs, and tobacco. This work is documented, in part, in the book Food is Medicine, available from Honor the Earth.  Work on the restoration of traditional corn varieties has received significant support from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and a number of private foundations.  In 2015 -2016, LaDuke and Honor the Earth completed a Mille Lacs Band Tribal Food Plan including policy and implementation plans for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

LaDuke’s work in renewable energy includes the completion of the White Earth Tribal Energy Plan and support for the installation of solar and wind energy systems on the White Earth reservation.  Akiing and Honor the Earth are also collaborating to bring a solar thermal panel manufacturing facility to the White Earth Reservation. Through collaborations between Honor the Earth and Solar Energy International, she has also contributed to installs on the Navajo and Western Shoshone reservations and territories.

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and commitment to her community. In  1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls) in l997, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards- including the prestigious  2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering. LaDuke was a co-founder, and Board Co-Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network for fifteen years, and maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people. This has included numerous presentations at United Nations forums, and involvement in opposition to mega projects impacting Indigenous Communities.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.  She also attended the Massachussets Institute of Technology in the Community Fellows Program.  The author of six books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations. a novel- Last Standing Woman, and her newest work The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.  She is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

Common lecture topics:

●  Creating a  Multi-Cultural Democracy:  Religion, Culture, and Identity in America

●  Recovering the Sacred:  An American Holy Land, and Non-Christian Faith in America

●  The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change, and

How We Move Ahead

●  Seed Sovereignty: Who Owns the Seeds of the World, Bio-Piracy, Genetic Engineering and

Indigenous Peoples

●  Water is life/love water, not oil: Opposing the Enbridge Corporation in Northern Minnesota

●  Hemp Futures: Re-establishing the hemp economy in Northern Minnesota

Nooky Jones – Neo-soul band Nooky Jones blends jazz, R&B, and funk to create a warm, deeply grooving sound. Made up of forward-thinking players, this group from Minneapolis bridges the gap between these different styles of music with intimate vocals, intricate horn arrangements and tight rhythms.

An annual competition and exhibition for K-12 ceramic students to showcase their ceramic art. Designed to showcase the best K12 ceramic work made in the country.

All donated cups will be considered for the NCECA “Cups of Merit” Commission Award. In its sixteenth year, the award is designed to add further recognition of the extraordinary quality of these donations. The selections will be made by a jury’s review of all donated cups and winners announced on Saturday. The NCECA Cups of Merit Award was established to recognized outstanding craftsmanship and artistic merit among the generous donors to NCECA’s Annual Cup Sale. Each year NCECA appoints a small panel of three distinguished ceramic artists to make merit awards from the cups submitted to the Annual show. Jurors will make purchase awards totaling up to $1000 to three or more makers included in the Cup Sale. Each award will be of an amount sufficient for NCECA to purchase two or more cups based on the pricing presented to the sale administrator. NCECA will retain one of the cups in its collection for as long as a time as it is practical. Cups may be periodically removed from the collection to recognize individuals for outstanding service or generosity to NCECA.

Honor and celebrate the lives of NCECA members and significant figures in our field who have passed away since our 2018 conference (not necessarily in this order):

  • Doug Baldwin by David S. East
  • Christyl Boger by Malcolm Mobutu Smith
  • Dora DeLarios by Christy Johnson
  • Joyce Jablonski by Garth Johnson
  • Warren MacKenzie by Randy Johnston
  • Amanda Swimmer by TBA
  • Elmer Taylor by Gary Hatcher
  • Paula Winokur by Jennifer Zwilling


Please note:
 Registration passes are REQUIRED to enter the Resource Hall (booths and tables of Commercial, Non-Profit, and Institutional participants).