NCECA Annual Conference


Our world is in a continuous state of flux, with change taking place constantly.  Clay is no longer defined by one tradition – interesting and challenging work is coming out the fields of craft/decorative arts, design and the fine arts.  The confluence of design and industrial technique in individual studio practices, the exploration of strongly conceptually-based work, the use of mixed and new media with clay in the creation of new work are all trends occurring within the field.  Concurrent with these trends is a continued interest in handmade objects rooted in traditional technique and ideology as evidenced by the D.I.Y. movement.  NCECA 2010 exhibitions explore all these themes.


Exhibition highlights include:

The 2010 NCECA Invitational, Earth Matters, will be hosted by Moore College of Art,.  Curated by Linda Ganstrom, NCECA’s Exhibitions Director, from a call for entries, the exhibition  showcases artist’s concerns for their environment.

2010 will see the first National Student Juried Exhibition (matriculating undergraduate students and graduate students) and will be juried by Matt Long and Erin Furimsky.  It will be hosted by the University of the Arts.

Image Credit: Adelaide Paul, “Sophia”, mixed media
Exhibition: An Evolving Independent Network of Artists
Exhibition Venue: Cheltenham Art Center

Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, curated by Jody Clowes, and hosted by the Philadelphia Art Alliance.  This exhibition will focus on functional pieces that cross, expand, or confuse the boundaries between industrial design and studio production. The works on view will encompass mass-produced and limited edition objects by well-known designers, short-run “boutique” ceramics commissioned for high-end retailers, objects produced on a contract basis by independent designers, and the work of studio potters who embrace industrial techniques and the aesthetic of industrial design.

Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn will be a solo exhibition of ceramic works by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, featuring his iconoclastic use of Neolithic vessels, blue-and white Qing and Yuan dynasty replicas, and a new work consisting of a ton of “sunflower seeds” crafted from porcelain.  The exhibition will take place at Arcadia University Art Gallery. This exhibition is being co-curated by Gregg Moore, Associate Professor of Art and Design, and Richard Torchia, Gallery Director, both of Arcadia University.

Image Credit: Deborah Schwartzkopf (form) and Margaret Bohls (surface), “Pitcher”
Exhibition: Exquisite Pots: Six Degrees of Collaboration
Exhibition Venue: Perkins Center for the Arts

INTERACTIONS involves the creation of artworks by a group of artists from the fields of design, craft and the fine arts in response to a piece, a collection, or a space housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Eastern State Penitentiary.