NCECA Annual Conference

FREE PROGRAMMING (open to the public)

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Lauren Gallaspy, Glossolalia, 2012


NCECA strives to expand awareness of ceramic art, develop audiences and make a positive impact on the communities that host its annual conference. Because full appreciation of ceramic art involves tactile, experiential and visual immersion, NCECA has created special events, activities and programming for the Houston community that are free and open to the public and conference attendees alike. Just come down to the George R. Brown Convention Center and go to the designated area listed with each event.  Events are listed chronologically based on their start time. Registration badges and wristbands will not be required to access the events listed below.

Access to other areas of the conference not listed on this page requires that you register for the conference. You may purchase a day pass or register for the entire conference in Pre-Function of the 3rd Floor from Noon-5pm on Tuesday, March 19, 8 am- 5 pm, Weds-Fri. March 20-22, and 8:30- 11 am, Sat., Mar. 23.

I. Gallery Expo

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 – 8 pm
Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 8:30 am - 6 pm
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3

The Gallery Expo is a collection of galleries that represent ceramic artists and exhibit ceramic artworks nationwide.  This space allows the galleries to present and sell works at the conference. A wide variety of artists and artworks, ranging from utilitarian pottery to sculpture and more are represented. Gallery Expo talks, a forum for artists represented by the galleries featured in the Gallery Expo space, will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Whether an avid collector or looking to learn, the public is invited to join conference attendees at the Gallery Expo to listen to favorite artists discuss various methods, materials and motivations.

II. Projects Space

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 – 8 pm
Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 8:30 am - 6 pm
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3

Projects Space is an area devoted to making public the creation and development of ceramic-based practices. Each participating artist will be provided a raw space and a stipend to present a live on-site specific installation or performance-based artwork that explores the 2013 Conference theme, Earth/Energy. Projects Space is intended to act as a platform for experimental and innovative work that stretches the confines of the contemporary ceramic field. Selected by 2013 Projects Space Coordinator Marianne McGrath and NCECA Exhibitions Director Linda Ganstrom, Projects Space artists include... Jess Riva Cooper, David Katz, Anastasia Gabriel and Elizabeth Head-Fischer, Jessica Kreutter, and Justin Schortgen.

III. Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, March 20, 7- 10 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, General Assembly
7-7:15 pm            Welcome and acknowledgements. Cash bars.
7:15-8:30 pm      Janine Antoni, keynote lecture, At Home in the Body
8:45-10 pm          Bill Bowers, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, Randall Session performance by renowned mime artist.

IV. 21st Annual Cup Sale

Submission and Exhibition - Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 9 am - 5 pm
Sale - Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8 am - 2 pm or until sold out
George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350 D-F

This popular fundraiser supports the NCECA Fund for Artistic Development, which provides opportunities for artistic growth through scholarships, residencies and programs including the Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship. Cups donated by NCECA members are submitted for entry and put on exhibition on Wednesday, March 20. All donated cups will be considered for the NCECA “Cups of Merit” Commission Award. This award adds further recognition of the extraordinary quality of these donations. Attendees and visitors alike will enjoy shopping and buying the one-of-a-kind cups made by artists from around the country. Purchases will be limited to three cups each.

V. 4th Annual Potter’s Jam

Thursday, March 21, 2013
9 pm - 1 am
George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 2/ Balcony B

Everyone is invited to this popular conference evening event. Those who play a musical instrument and/or enjoy listening to great music alike are invited to join this informal gathering of musicians playing improvised/unrehearsed music.

V1. Annual Dance with live music featuring Texas’ very own, Brave Combo

Friday, March 22, 2013
9:30 pm - 1:30 am
George R. Brown Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A/B

Brave Combo, a Denton, Texas-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey. Everyone is invited to the George R. Brown Convention Center to enjoy the band and dance the night away.  Thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts and Clay Houston for their support of Brave Combo’s appearance at the 2013 Conference!

V11. Closing Lecture - Whither the Pot? by Clayton Bailey

Saturday, March 23, 2013
10:35 am - 11:35 am
George R. Brown Convention Center, General Assembly Room

This presentation will show how Bailey's ceramic work for the past 50 years has answered the question, "Whither the Pot?" in which he takes a humorous look at how ceramic art can be used to improve our lives and the lives of our customers and patrons. Although traditional pots are not necessary today, new functions can be invented for what we make out of clay: art that can be educational, entertaining and useful.