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NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS

NCECA 2012, 46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 28 - March 31 : Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101-2350

Onsite Registration begins Tuesday, March 27


March 2012
E-Communication

Table of Contents

SEATTLE ONSITES' TOP PICKS- QUICK STOPS & DESTINATIONS

SMART IN SEATTLE- NCECA 2012 ici app for Mobile Device Users

NCECA IN THE BLOGOSPHERE

CALL FOR GREEN TASK FORCE BLOGGERS


SDC
Hines
4Culture
Paul G Allen
AMACO/brent
Laguna
NEA
Pottery Northwest
Alfred University
Crafthaus
Cink
SEATTLE ONSITES' TOP PICKS- QUICK STOPS & DESTINATIONS



Intrepid 2012 Onsite Liaisons
Wally Bivins and Marge Levy

 Top Five Places for Quick Excursions outside the Convention Center and the Sheraton:

1.    Weather or Not, a week-long exhibition of collaborative works that will survive the weather and wind, or not. Waterfront Piers, straight west from the Sheraton and down, down, down to the water. Cuban Food Truck on Thursday! Organized by Charlie Bigger and the Seattle Host Committee.

2.    Nordstrom's windows on 5th and Pine - Feets of Clay/Feats of Clay: work by invited artists showing extremes of clay and shoes in clay, including real Mules, ancient Chinese shoes for fine ladies, and comparison shopping.  Curated by Liz Duarte and Sandra Farmer.

3.    Seattle Art Museum, five blocks west and down - major museum, good clay, great shop, fine café. Free with NCECA badge.

4.    Facere Jewelry Art Gallery , in the City Center building indoor mall - right across the street from the Sheraton - a boutique showing ceramic jewelry curated by Gail Brown and old and new, serious and fun jewels for all occasions.

5.    Kobo at Higo on 6th and Jackson, in the International District, for three contemporary Asian-influenced shows in one historic old hardware store. Take the light rail to the International District station and walk two blocks east.

Top Three Destinations in Seattle:


1.    SODO: south of Downtown
       a.    Seattle Design Center: 23 exhibitions in one place, two parties

2.    FIHI: First Hill Arts District
       a.    St. James Cathedral installations: Kripal and Mongrain, Rodriguez and Li
       b.    Greg Lundgren Monument Boutique: Ceramic Funeral Urns
       c.    Frye Art Museum's Li Chen Installation

3.    SEATTLE CENTER:
       a.    Pottery Northwest: 12 mini and maxi exhibitions in 1 great studio

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THE BIG REVEAL


 

Don't travel all the way to Seattle and go home without a new t-shirt to add to your collection. The 2012 NCECA Conference t-shirt will be adorned on the back with artwork by closing co-lecturer Robert Brady and emblazoned over the breast with NCECA's On the Edge logo. This one is sure to be collected, stylishly worn and sought after for years to come. Stop by NCECA's merchandize table before they are gone… get one for yourself and more for gifts…


SMART IN SEATTLE- NCECA 2012 ici app for Mobile Device Users

Once again NCECA will be using the ici app as our mobile gallery guide at the Seattle conference.  The ici app is free and it includes descriptions of NCECA and Concurrent Independent Exhibitions, lists of artists, addresses and phone numbers including google maps to make finding the venues that much easier.  This is a great way to use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or android device to get around in the sea of shows at this year's conference.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can search for ici in the iTunes store.

Android users should search for icihere in PlayStore or the android marketplace on networks where it may still be active.

Once you have the ici app downloaded to your device, click on channels and look for NCECA 2012, it's that easy!  For more information please visit www.icihere.com.

That strange aura of clay connection incrementally expanding over the space needle?
That's NCECA in the blogosphere!

Discover and share dynamic, fresh, evolutionary ideas, information, knowledge, and opinions being created now at blog.nceca.net

This new space on the web will be one where clay workers, thinkers, teachers, learners and lovers will be able to absorb, engage and interact year-round.

blog.nceca.net is NCECA's fresh take on communication and connection with members and the world… a dynamic clay journal where you can experience favorite aspects of the conference, right at your fingertips wherever you might be at whatever time of day…

• Love the Lectures? The NCECA Blog is full of podcasts for you from Malcom Davis's closing lecture to content from Critical Santa Fe, to recordings of popular panels at NCECA conferences past and yet to come!

• Enamored by Exhibitions? You'll be thrilled to find information about upcoming opportunities as well as images from past shows and commentary from Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom

  • Delighted by Demonstrations? you'll be further fascinated by frequent and fresh film excerpts
  • Inspired by Emerging Artists? Watch for NCECA/Crafthaus Blogger, Kala Stein's stimulating interviews with all six of this year's selected ceramicists
  • Already Gone Green? Check out the latest from the Green Task force here as well

blog.nceca.net is the hub of clay communication, your source for sharing knowledge, your conference online, year-round. Get your blog on, and check it out now!

CALL FOR GREEN TASK FORCE BLOGGERS


GTF Guest Blogger positions are now OPEN! Help the GTF open dialogue on issues of sustainability and green practices in ceramics. Volunteers for this position agree to the following:
• 1 year term
• Post regularly (min. 1 post per month)
• Respond to questions from members

Stop by the GREEN TASK FORCE booth #203 in the Resource Hall at the 2012 NCECA Conference to apply. Writing sample helpful but not required.

This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and cultivate dialog about Green practices in ceramics while developing your green/sustainability credentials.

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REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE- CAST YOUR BID TO RAISE GREEN TASK FORCE RESOURCES

Thanks to Ci Products, makers of unique ceramic arts equipment and accessories for their generous donation to NCECA. The Cink is a portable unit that can be moved to any location you choose in the studio or classroom. NCECA's Green Task Force (GTF) will be holding a silent auction for a Ci Products Cink at the GTF booth #203. This stand-alone sink needs no plumbing… it saves tons of water by reusing 11 gallons of the stuff!! A bucket collects sediment, which can then be recycled into your reclaim clay or glaze buckets creating no waste!! The Cink will be on display in booth #203, and GTF members will be there to answer any questions that you may have about sustainable studio practices and more. The winner of the silent auction will be responsible for getting the unit from the Washington State Convention Center to their home or studio at the end of the Conference. For additional information on The Cink, click on the Ci Products logo to your left. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help NCECA and bring a leading edge green technology into your studio. Stop by booth #203 to visit the Green Task Force and place your bid!

CLAY SWARM APPROACHES SEATTLE


Seattle registrations just topped 4100! This represents an approximately 100% increase over advanced registration heading into Tampa, just over one year ago. This remarkable result is a testament to the creativity, effort and enthusiasm of NCECA members and the exceptional way that the Seattle region has rallied behind ceramic art and artists. If you have not yet registered for conference, but are considering joining us, we will be set up for onsite registration in the South Lobby of Washington State Convention Center beginning noon-5:30pm, Tuesday March 27. Onsite registration will continue in the same location 8am-5pm Wednesday; 7:30am- 5pm, Thursday; 8am-4:30pm, Friday; and, on Saturday in the East Lobby from 8:30-11am.

Tickets are still available for Lew White Tours shuttles and excursions taking place Wednesday- Saturday, March 28-30. Lew White Tours will shut down their on-line registration system at 12:00n on Friday, March 23. However, there will be a message at the web site telling people to call a toll-free office number Friday afternoon, Lew White's cell phone on Saturday and Sunday and the toll-free office number on Monday and Tuesday to make advance reservations. Higher prices go into effect on Wednesday morning, March 28 in Seattle.


(p)REFLECTIONS FOR SEATTLE FROM A LONG-TIME NCECA MEMBER

Those of us who are either studying ceramics or practicing it often wonder how we might fit into our personal clay mold. Whatever our situation, there is one special benefit that is stored quietly in our subconscious. Hopefully, that benefit will have some role in who we are as an artist and how it may relate to things outside of our clay world.

Our continued study of ceramic art will present novel ways of looking at things, will inspire, beautify, and change the banal to the exceptional. The primary objective of any course of ceramics should not be the making of things out of clay, but to develop an aesthetic aspect to whatever life may bring.

The arts are the birthplace for creativity. Those people who are involved in clay have developed an insightful quality that can be advantageous in any career.


Tom Supensky



A big thank you goes out to all NCECA Corporate Members, Commercial Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Donors who supported the Conference. Their names & logos appear on the left. Be sure to sign up for the Randall Session drawing for an AMACO/brent potters wheel. Also stop by their booths to say thank you for their generous donation!



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