The 2018 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) will be held March 14-17 in Pittsburgh, PA.   CROSS CURRENTS:  CLAY AND CULTURE is a huge yearly gathering of ceramic artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of the ceramic arts from the United States and 20 foreign countries.   NCECA fosters education and appreciation for the ceramic arts through programs, publications, exhibitions, and resources to inspire advancement of the field and creative opportunities for artists.

Excitement is building for this event right here in our Ceramic Studio at Chester Springs.  Eileen McMonagle, Executive Director, a ceramic artist, herself, and Matt Wren, our Ceramic Studio Supervisor, a ceramic artist, too, will be attending the 2018 conference.   Joining them will be a group of our ceramic artists/faculty and students who look forward to this exciting experience.  Our Studio assistant Pam Nobles will be a volunteer at the conference.

Ceramic arts are featured along with teaching and learning.  Fellowships are given by NCECA for independent research; awards for emerging artists; as well as international residency experiences.  The conference will include presentations on kilns and glazes; exploration of cultural traditions, knowledge and innovations; demonstrations of techniques; and historic pottery illustrating the past as well as contemporary pottery looking to the future.   There will be a Research Center focusing on the latest books, catalogues, journals, and magazines from around the world highlighting ceramics.  A Gallery Expo will feature the sale of extraordinary works in clay and a special exhibition with present the work of K-12 schools fostering creativity in learning.

Eileen and Matt and our Ceramic Studio attendees look forward to the presentations and lectures and most of all the networking with like-minded ceramists.  Our Chester Springs Studio was founded on the premise of “a center for the furtherance of activities related to the arts, sciences and humanities….”  We are pleased to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1978 where ceramics has always been a major part of its mission.  Watch for details of the CELEBRATING CLAY event planned for fall 2018.  The hope of Eileen and Matt is to return from this conference with current knowledge of best practices in ceramics arts and to continue to bring innovation and growth to the program at Chester Springs.

NCECA states its belief that the role of ceramic artists, and all artists in the world, is to illuminate the potential of our creative spirit with its positive effect on our cultures and civilization as a whole.   The Chester Springs Studio strives to bring that awareness to its programs here at Yellow Springs.

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