NCECA 2017 Pre/Post Conference Events cannot conflict with programming. If you are interested, please apply by filling out the form below.

2017 Pre and Post Conference Request Form

March 16-20

Pottery Northwest PreFest

Join Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington for a great line up of events.  We will host workshops, exhibitions, and evening parties.  We’ll have demonstrations from our resident artists, visiting artists, a soda firing workshop, parties, and a few surprises.  To top things off, we will be welcoming the Airstream Nomadic Gallery for the weekend.  Artist: Doug Browe, Mike Helke, Lorna Meaden, Lauren Gallaspy, Amy Simons, Amanda Barr, Coleton Lunt, Chase Lilleholm, Ciara Jackson, Joe Wilkinson, Lynne Hobiaca, Luke Armitstead, George Rodriquez, Zak Helenske.  Soda Firing Workshop Only March 16 & 17 9:00am-5:00pm; March 18 & 19, 10:00am-5:00pm with evening events; March 20 10:00am-5:00pm.

Pottery Northwest
226 1st Avenue, N., Seattle, WA 98109
Handicap Accessible

Contact James Lobb

Costs vary, student discounts available.  Visit for details.

March 17-19

Interactive Workshop with Ramiro Diaz Rodriguez

Bringing Cuban culture to Oregon, Cuban ceramic artist Ramiro Diaz Rodriguez will show slides of his work Friday night, and conduct an interactive workshop on Saturday and Sunday at Linn-Benton Community College’s wonderful studio in Corvallis, Oregon.  The workshop will be loosely modeled on Cuban “encuentros” where artists work side by side and share by proximity.  Ramiro will demonstrate several of his projects and participants have the option to make similar projects.  Ramiro’s work features expressive faces and human figures, with imagery akin to Latin magical realism and with symbolic commentary on modern society.   His electric low-fire work can be seen at:

March 17, 7pm-8:30pm; March 18, 10am-5pm; March 19, 10am-3pm.
LBCC Benton Center
757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330,
541-757-8944.  $39.00 fee.
Handicap Accessible

Some (free) housing will be available with local ceramists.  Potluck lunches on the weekend.
Contact Laurie Childers
541-908-4518 or (put “Ramiro Workshop” in subject line).


Wine Tasting at The Potter’s Vineyard and Clay Art Gallery

Come out early to NCECA and visit The Potter’s Vineyard and Clay Art Gallery. Enjoy a taste of Oregon estate grown Pinot Noir and Washington Cabernet Sauvignon while you enjoy the display of clay art made by local artists. Tour our LIVE certified and Salmon Safe sustainable vineyard and experience the magic of bud break that occurs this time of year. The tasting room is located 45 minutes SW of Portland 1/2 mile off of Highway 99 on the way to the Anagama Kilns in Yamhill county. Participating artists Bill and Sandy Sanchez and various local ceramic artists from Yamhill County.

The Potter’s Vineyard and Clay Art Gallery
14725 NE Quarry Road
Newberg, OR 97132, 503-504-3796.

Contact Sandy Sanchez, 503-504-3796, $10 tasting fee; $20 optional winery tour and barrel tasting. Please RSVP.

March 18

Porcelain Master Class

With 20 years of teaching and international exhibition experience, International Academy of Ceramics member Heidi Preuss Grew presents a porcelain master class. The class will include studio demonstration sessions and lecture style presentations. Grew will build a figure and discuss the creative process, share her favorite tips and tricks, and answer questions from participants. Participants will also learn about the history of porcelain, contemporary ceramics, and international artists residencies. All levels of participants are welcome! Come learn from a master. Bring your own brown bag lunch. 10:00am-4:00pm.

Salem Art Association
600 Mission Street SE,
Salem, Oregon 97302

Contact Kathy Dinges Rice
Community Arts Education Director
503-581-2228 x312
Cost: $90
Handicap Accessible

March 18-19

The Expressive Pot

Jack Troy gives you the essential tools needed to craft jars, tea bowls, cups, and vases. During the workshop he will demonstrate several phases of his own development, showing how the bowl has evolved in function and aesthetic values. Jack will demonstrate functional wheel work the first day; trim, alter, carve and texture the second day. He will demonstrate and explain not only the “how” but the “why” that shapes them.  His works are infused with poetry and the love of what he does; “Action is what I think about; experiments and exchanging information”. “Firing has everything to do with what I make”. “It is why I get up in the morning”.  March 18 & 19, 10:30am-4:30pm.  Cost $200.  March 18, 6:00pm free to public: Jack Troy slide presentation and talk “The Art of the Tea Bowl”.  Panel discussion with Jack Troy, Steve Sauer, Marie Weichman, Mike Peck, John Benn, and Frank Carsey will follow the NCECA theme Future Flux.

Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98227
Handicap Accessible

Contact Steve Sauer

March 18-21

To Crack a Space

A joint venture between the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the University of Oregon, with anticipated sponsorship by Shapeways and Intel. This endeavor, hosted by OCAC in its new digital fabrication laboratory, engages a group of artists and designers to use and challenge the facility in ways that yield a greater understanding of the limits and opportunities such spaces and related methodologies afford.  The laboratory will be open for public participation from
10am – 4pm on March 20 and 21. Participating artists David Bachman, Dylan J. Beck, Brian Gillis, John Arndt, Wonhee Jeong Arndt, Tim Berg, Rebekah Myers, Guy Michael Davis, Katie Parker, Julie York.

8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Contact Benny Hill
Cost: Free
Handicap Accessible

March 20

Tour to the Two Wood Fire Kilns in Yamhill County 

Both East Creek Anagama and FuuKooGama are open for viewing of unloaded works displayed in the order of how they were loaded for the respective pre-Conference firings. There will be additional work available for purchase in tents. East Creek Anagama was the second oldest west of the Mississippi river and also the second oldest continuous use kiln of its kind in the United States, and focused on education. FuuKooGama has been focusing on the fusion of East and West, offering visiting artist workshops and exchange firings with the regular firing crew and guest artists from both Japan and United States. Participating artists – East Creek Anagama: Cindy & Don Hoskisson, Don Sprague, Mark Terry, Joe Robinson, Jerrold Martisak, and many other crew; FuuKooGama: Chris Gustin, Doug Casebeer, John Neely and Takashi Nakazato, guest artists and Ruri, Chris Baskin, Brad McLemore, Jason Laney, Kimberly Ota, Cooper Jeppessen and others.

18526 SW Rock Creek Road
Sheridan, OR
Handicap Accessible

East Creek Anagama
12251 E Creek Road
Willamina, OR
Handicap Accessible

*Both places are graveled, not paved.

All visitors welcomed. Directions available through our web sites, and FB Pages under FuuKooGama and Friends of East Creek.

Contact Cindy Hoskisson
Ruri 503-843-4375, 808-457-6785 (cell, text first).

March 21

Conversation on Craft: Methods Fetishes and Affordance

An ongoing public forum, hosted by the Oregon College of Art and Craft MFA in Craft program addressing the skill and art of creativity. As the culminating event for To Crack a Space, a laboratory-based think tank held in advance of the 2017 Future Flux NCECA conference, a panel of creative professionals will engage in a dialog regarding the ways that limits and opportunities afforded by spaces for making impact the practices and outcomes produce. By focusing on the institutionalized digital fabrication space, the intention is to elicit critical discourse about individual and institutional motivations and aspirations for such spaces, the effect they have on practice, and the prejudices adopted by both practitioners and the public, particularly with regard to Craft’s persistent presence in contemporary creative culture. Participating artists Brian Gillis, Karl Burkheimer, Anya Kivarkis, Jennifer Navva Milliken, Katherine Ross, John Sherry.  6:00-7:30p.m.

Oregon College of Art and Craft – Fab-Lab
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225,

Contact Karl Burkheimer
Cost: Free

Drawing Sides: Pottery and Otherness
During this day long workshop, Kevin Snipes will demonstrate his layered approach to construction and surface decoration, discuss the ideas that instigate his narrative illustrations and present an artist’s lecture.  Morning demonstration 9:00am-12:00 noon; afternoon demonstration 1:00pm-3:00pm; artist talk 5:30pm.

South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Contact Nicole Gugliotti
Free and open to the public.
Handicap Accessible

MatchMaker Suppers at Castagna

MatchMaker Suppers presents a dinner with Chefs Justin Woodward and Ryan Roadhouse.   We offer a 15 course tasting menu on the utilitarian ceramics of Lilith Rockett, Lindsay Oesterritter, and Careen Stoll created specifically for this event.  We offer a carefully curated tasting menu of 15 courses, co-created by Chefs Woodward and Roadhouse that takes inspiration from the compositions of dishes created by the potters. Woodward was nominated for the James Beard Award of Best Chef of the NW in 2015 and 2016. Portland Monthly named Roadhouse’s restaurant Nodoguro 2015’s best restaurant.  Both of them are excited to work with full-time studio potters Stoll, Rockett, and Oesterritter.  Rockett in particular has focused on offering her luminous porcelain ware to fine dining establishments across the country.  Stoll has been focused locally, providing dishes to Langbaan and Biwa and designing for production.  Oesterritter recently left a professorship to return to her studio practice and woodfiring kiln.  Venue and Chefs – Castagna Restaurant:; Justin Woodward:; Ryan Roadhouse/ Nodoguro:  Potters: Lilith Rockett:; Lindsay Oesterritter:; Careen Stoll:  6:30-9:30pm.

Castagna Restaurant
1752 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR
Handicap Accessible

Contact Careen Stoll

Cost  $225 at Eventbrite:

Tour of Clay Studio at Portland Children’s Museum

Join Clay Studio Specialist Jenny Gilmore for a tour of the Portland Children’s Museum’s Clay Studio, See the studio in action, where children and caregivers are invited to play with clay every day.  It is an entirely self-guided space, allowing for exploration of the materials, sensory experiences, and free range creativity.

RSVP by 5pm, March 20th to

Spots are limited and are on a first come basis.  Individual tours will not be accommodated at this time.  Check for our full admission policy if you would like to visit the museum with your family at another time.

Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR

Contact Jenny Gilmore


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