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Stephen Robison

NCECA is just around the corner!

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So education in ceramics is the topic of this forum and what better event to talk about at this time of year than NCECA. It is right around the corner and those attending I am sure have their plans well set and are excited about the great city of Seattle they are about to travel to. Those of us who live around and in Seattle are geared up and ready for the party. So is it a party? Certainly and Seattle will prove to be a great one. Ya man we go to see our buddies and have a beer or a scotch or for those who don’t drink it doesn’t stop them from partaking in the PARTY, it is a party celebrating friendships and the growth of our discipline!

 

But we come from all over the country and all over the world to really embrace the main mission of NCECA. And that mission is education on the ceramic arts. So how can we take advantage of that mission? First and foremost we experience the art in real time and not from images posted on the web or printed in books or magazines. We go to every possible show we can get to and every lecture that is relevant to what we are interested in. But I pose another direction for attendees and that is to step outside of their comfort zone. Go to lectures that are not about something you already know something about, challenge yourself to really look at work that you normally would not give a second glance. Taste new tastes and experience new ideas. If you don’t like oysters try them again. Nice and fresh on the dock!

 

I pose an assignment to all who are lucky to attend. Get a mole skin and write and draw or type away in your phone or ipad and take some great notes on what you learn. Compile those notes and post away on this forum once you get home. I want to hear what you took away from the conference. What was your biggest a-ha moment. Who did you meet and how did that meeting change you. What did you see in a demonstration or hear in a lecture that really made you think about your own work.

 

Most important is have a great time dancing to the Mud Flaps and hope to see you there.

 

Hugs and Kisses on this Valentines Day, go get some mud between your fingers!

 

 

Stephen

 

PS Remember if you can't get enough at NCECA there are great pre-conference and post conference events!

 

In Ellensburg WA just of I-90 Central Washington University is hosting a two day free workshop from 9:30-3:00 in the Student Union Theatre. There will be three great artists, Tara wilson, Mackenzie Smith and Doug Browe all working together. Also the Art Stream will be here and three great clay shows at Gallery One DT Eburg along with the CWU Atmospheric show focusing on Wood fired and soda fired artists and a show at Alley Cats Gallery.

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

Steve,

I am already excited about NCECA. I have been attending since 1971 missing only three years in 41! I am going to a pre-conference wood firing with Mike McCullough.

I have ad my room for months and same old room mates for years. I always feel like it is a gathering of the clans. Looking forward to seeing many old faces and enjoy the new ones. One of the best things is the emerging artists presentations on Saturday morning. Wednesday is the attempt to see all the shows.

Looking forward to meeting other forum members.

Marcia

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JBaymore    1,432

I am already excited about NCECA. I have been attending since 1971 missing only three years in 41! I am going to a pre-conference wood firing with Mike McCullough.

I have ad my room for months and same old room mates for years. I always feel like it is a gathering of the clans. Looking forward to seeing many old faces and enjoy the new ones. One of the best things is the emerging artists presentations on Saturday morning. Wednesday is the attempt to see all the shows.

Looking forward to meeting other forum members.

 

 

See you there, Marcia. I've likely made about as many as you have... or very close.

 

At this point, still polishing my presentation. Got behind because of being hospitalized.

 

And of course I'll be around the Potters Council booth sometimes too. And at the open PC members Board meeting.

 

best,

 

...............john

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Chris Campbell    1,088

See you there too!

I am teaching a pre-NCECA workshop on coloring clay in Snohomish then on Friday 5-6 pm running a discussion on marketing your pottery in room 309 of the convention center. I will be in and out and all around so if you see my name tag, stop me and say HI!!

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Chris Campbell    1,088

OK ... Now I am really excited about NCECA ....

Emerald City Comicon is on at the same time in the same building! Superheroes, people in costumes, gamers, cool t shirts!! Not only will the convention center be interesting but the hotels will be colorful as well. Woohoo!

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Guest The Unknown Craftsman   
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Boy, you guys are lucky that you have been able to go to so many NCECA gatherings. I'd like to go, but I can't afford it.

Oh well, someday...

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JBaymore    1,432

Superheroes, people in costumes, gamers, cool t shirts!!

 

Doesn't most of that actually also pretty much describe NCECA itself? wink.gif Superheroes, people in costumes, and cool Tshirts, at least.

 

best,

 

........................john

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Chris Campbell    1,088

I tried to think of any differences but ...nope ... Seen a lot of posers who really think they are super powered! Maybe these folks will just have more blatant costumes so they can be readily identified. :P

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Guest Joe the Lion   
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At the risk of killing yet another thread, I will ask a question.

Does anyone know if the demonstrations will be broadcast on the web like they were in 2010? For those of us that couldn't atttend, it was great to be able to see Ron Meyers and Christa Assad doing their demos, I wonder if that will be done this year?

There is no mention of it on the NCECA website, but there wasn't any mention in 2010 either;

I found out about it from a potter's blog.

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Dinah    6

So excited to roam around NCECA. My first conference. I will be meeting and greeting in Potters Council Booth from 9-11 on Wed, and 10-12 the Th and Fri. Attending workshops too: Posey Bacopolous on majolica; Stepehen Hill on once-fired, layer sprayed ^6 porcelain; and the post NCECA Teabowl workshop at Tacoma CC. Well, that's my Bucket List! Please come along and say hello in the Potters Council Booth. So much to do, so little time. Isn't it just amazingly wonderful?

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JBaymore    1,432

I'd like to go to NCECA just to meet Dinah! She's such a riot, and has such good posts.

 

 

I certainly realize that NCECA is NOT inexpensive to attend....... but maybe you could still try to do that? It is WELL worth what it costs. If not this year...... then maybe plan on putting the pennies in a jar for Houston in 2013.

 

best,

 

......................john

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Chris Campbell    1,088

John Baymore mentioned his presentation but I would like to say it will be a must attend for many potters. On Friday morning from 9 - 10:30 in Ballroom 6C, he will be on a panel discussing the re-building in Mashiko after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

 

I will be hosting a Topical Discussion at NCECA on Friday from 5-6 in Room 309 at the Convention Center.

 

It is titled "On the Edge of Success" and we will be discussing issues related to selling your pottery. Is your work ready? Are you ready? How can you present yourself and your work in a professional manner? How and where to sell. Share your experiences and learn from others.

 

Please join me in what promises to be a lively and interesting discussion hour that could propel you into your next phase of your pottery career.

 

See you in Seattle!

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Chris    1

I'd like to go to NCECA just to meet Dinah! She's such a riot, and has such good posts.

 

 

I have to reply that, although I have not met Dinah in person, I have the awesome privilege of working with her -- via phone, email and "Google Docs" -- as my mentor through the Potters Council Mentorship program. I can't begin to adequately describe what a fantastic mentor she is, and what an incredible experience this is for me! A thousand thanks to the Potters Council, and to Dinah!

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