NCECA Annual Conference


Houston, TX


Highlights From 2013:


Janine Antoni

Randall Session
Bill Bowers

Distinguished Lecture
Namita Gupta Wiggers (invited)

Closing Lecture
Clayton Bailey

Demonstrating Artists
Bede Clarke
Gerit Grimm
Kristen Kieffer
Walter McConnell

Slide show of artworks:

Watch videos of some of our Demostrating Artists:


Keynote: Janine Antoni

A native of Freeport, the Bahamas, Antoni is a MacArthur Fellow whose work in performance art, sculpture, and photography focus on process and the transitions between the making and finished product. Investigations involving touch and everyday activities--bathing, eating, have been central themes in Anotni’s decades-log creative output. She has recently been developing a new body of work incorporating fired and un-fired clay and is excited to share her insights and questions about the material with NCECA’s community.

Randall Session:
Bill Bowers

bill bowersBill Bowers is an actor, mime, performance artist and educator whose works have been presented throughout the US, Canada and Europe. For the Randall Session Bowers will present IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING a uniquely crafted autobiographical work that engages viewers through humorous, heartbreaking, and unbelievable true stories. Co-written and co-developed with Martha Banta, the work embodies the artist’s life-long exploration of the role silence plays in our lives. From his childhood in the wilds of Montana, to outrageous jobs as a performer across the country, to the whirlwind of Broadway and studying with the legendary Marcel Marceau, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING has been inspiring enthusiastic audiences off-Broadway and across the US.

Distinguished Lecture:
Namita Gupta Wiggers

Namita Gupta WiggersNamita Gupta Wiggers is Director and Chief Curator,  Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, where she has directed the curatorial since 2004. Her curatorial work combines her experience and training as an art historian, a museum educator, ethnographer and design researcher, teacher, writer, and studio art jeweller. Through exhibitions and programming, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, and as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition operates as a site and space for cultural inquiry. She is the author of several publications, including Generations: Betty Feves (2012), Ken Shores: Clay Has the Last Word (2010), and editor of Garth Clark’s How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts (2009). She is the co-founder of Critical Craft Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees, American Craft Council, and the curatorial board of accessceramics, on online clay-focused database.

Closing Lecture: Clayton Bailey

Clayton Bailey HeadshotClayton G. Bailey was born in Antigo, Wisconsin in 1939. He studied ceramics and sculpture with Harvey K. Littleton at the University of Wisconsin- Madison; graduating in 1962. He taught ceramics at California State University, Hayward, for 28 years, and is currently Professor Emeritus. He was named a Fellow of NCECA in 1982, and was the recipient of  National Endowment For the Arts Fellowships in 1979 and in 1990. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 for his discovery of “kaolism” (a process in which mud is thermally metamorphosed into pseudo-scientific curiosities). He holds US Patent # 440390 for a cup that squirts in your face, and he was honored with a 50 year retrospective exhibition by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA in 2011. His many ceramic wonders and inventions are featured on his award winning web site:


Bede ClarkeBede Clarke
Bede Clarke is a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri. He maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri. Recent exhibits include: Yingge Ceramics Museum 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, and, Arvada Center for Fine Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO.

Gerit GrimmGerit Grimm
Gerit Grimm grew up and worked as a pottery apprentice and journeyman in Germany. She studied ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Michigan School of Art, Alfred University, taught at CSULB, Pitzer College, Doane College, MSU Bozeman and works now as an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Kristen KiefferKristen Kieffer
Kristen Kieffer is a full-time studio potter, workshop leader, and ceramics instructor in Massachusetts. She received her BFA from the N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University and MFA from Ohio University. Kristen has work in numerous public and private collections, has exhibited her work internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as taught workshops around the country at craft centers and universities.

Walter McConnellWalter McConnell
Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, is well known for his installations of moist clay and towering assemblages of cast porcelain. He is the recipient of grants from, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include, The Denver Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and MASS MoCA.


Jake Allee
David Katz
Mark Epstein
Jessica Kreutter
Barbara Frey
Justin Schortgen
Anastasia Gabriel
Brenda Lichman
Billy Ray Mangham
Ryan McKerley
Roy Hanscom
Mary Louise Carter
Daphne Hatcher
Ryan Takaba
Tybre Newcomer
Katherine Taylor
Jess Riva Cooper