PPP: Riffs, Rhythm & Regeneration - A Preview of NCECA 2002

Stacked Bowls by Uriah Fahnestock, an undergraduate student at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Artists and potters from around the country will soon gather in Kansas City, Mo., for the 36th annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), which features the theme Riffs, Rhythm, Regeneration. The show, which will be held March 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center and other nearby venues, will include a manufacturer/supplier and non-profit exhibit, numerous pottery exhibitions, and a variety of informational panels and lectures on design and production issues.

Registration will open on Tuesday, March 12, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. On Wednesday, March 13, shuttles will be available to take attendees to any of the more than 100 concurrent exhibitions throughout the Kansas City area, including Cultural Visions Invitational Vessel Exhibition, held at the 18th Street Studio; Shades of Clay, held at the American Jazz Museum; The Andrew Dripp’s Invitational Cup Show, held at Andrew Dripp’s Coffee House; the NCECA Endowment Benefit Auction Exhibition, held at the Belger Art District; the NCECA 2002 Regional Student Juried Exhibition, held at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; and the NCECA 2002 Invitational Exhibition: Material Speculations, held at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Wednesday will also mark the start of the manufacturer/supplier and non-profit exhibits, held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Over 100 exhibitors—one of the largest exhibitions in NCECA’s history—will display new products and technologies, as well as work from well-known potters and artists. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with experts in their field while finding new ways to solve problems and improve product quality. The exhibits will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, March 15.

Panels and lectures will be held on Thursday and Friday, with the panels discussing topics such as “Training Through Community Art Programs,” “Wood Fired—An American Iconography,” “Architectural Ornament and New Space,” “Intercultural Osmosis,” “Pick Me/Jury Realities,” “After Celadon: A Look at Ceramics in China Today,” and “3-D Computer Aided Design.” Lectures will include “Prevention Rather Than Cure,” by Monica Blair; “Dionysos,” by George Kokis; “Intuitive Genius: Lucy Rie,” by Paul Dauer; and “Surface as Surface as Surface,” by Leopold Foulem. Additionally, a special Technology/Professionalism lecture series on Thursday will include presentations on “Stable Glazes,” by Ron Roy; “Holistic Approach to Defect Reduction,” by William McCarty; “Economical Refractory Shape and Composition for Kilns,” by Jim Wunch; “Sawdust Injection Burner,” by W. Lowell Baker; and “Making Work and Making a Profit,” by Nancy Markoe.

In conjunction with the 2002 conference, NCECA will sponsor “Regarding Clay,” an endowment benefit exhibition, reception and auction on Saturday, March 16, 6-9 p.m. at the Belger Art District. Kansas City radio personality Bill Shapiro will serve as auctioneer for the event, which will feature the ceramic works of 50 nationally and internationally recognized ceramic artists. Prepaid reservations, limited to 300 participants, are required for the reception and auction. Proceeds will go to the NCECA Endowment, a fund that was established a number of years ago to support NCECA and its efforts.

Other activities held during NCECA 2002 will include the R. Brown Fellowship Fund Cups Exhibit, held on Thursday; the international and graduate students slide forums, held on Thursday and Friday; and the NCECA Fellowship Fund Cup Sale, held on Friday.

For More Information

For more information about NCECA 2002, contact Cary Esser at the Kansas City Art Institute, (816) 802-3318, e-mail ; or contact Sandy Early at NCECA, (866) CO NCECA (266-2322), e-mail office@nceca.net.

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