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A number of informative talks will also be presented at the conference. Keynote speaker Robert Irwin, an artist and writer, will discuss the “Nature of Abstractions” at the opening ceremonies Wednesday evening. Over the next two days, nearly 20 lectures will explore a range of art- and production-related topics, including, “Design, Modelmaking & Moldmaking…Skills for Developing Shapes for Ceramic Production,” by Dan Mehlman; “Selling for What You’re Worth!” by Lisa Rankin and Michael Lutzmann; and “The New Majolica: Traditions and Innovations,” by Matthias Ostermann.
A series of panel discussions held on Thursday and Friday, March 13-14, will expose attendees to a broad range of views on a variety of topics, including “Finding One’s Own Voice: Assimilating the Japanese Experience,” discussed by Paul Chaleff, Randy Johnston and John Neely and moderated by Jeff Shapiro; “Beyond the Embargo: Cuba Collaborations,” discussed by Catherine Merrill, Joel Bennett and Antonio Lewis Belgrove and moderated by Idie Adams; and “India and Ceramics,” discussed by Jane Perryman, Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith and moderated by Gerry Williams.
As in previous NCECA conferences, a silent auction will be held to benefit the NCECA Endowment. The pieces will be on view and bidding will begin on Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. The winning bids will be posted on Friday at the close of bidding. Attendees will also have a chance to contribute to the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship by donating and/or buying cups for the 11th Annual Fellowship Fund Cup Sale. The cups will be exhibited on Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be sold on Friday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other events held during the conference will include a graduate students’ slide forum, an international slide forum, video screenings and art/pottery demonstrations.