call for NCECA exhibitions

Prospectus for 2019 Concurrent Exhibition Proposals 

Wednesday March 27 – Saturday, March 30, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)

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The exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice will include diverse approaches to ideas and senses of materiality involving clay and process. NCECA’s annual conference draws thousands of informed and enthusiastic followers, and practitioners of ceramic to a different region in the continental United States each year. The experience of the annual NCECA conference, while grounded within an urban convention center, is vastly enriched by the diverse array of exhibitions that NCECA works to situate and promote throughout its conference host region. The Concurrent Exhibitions proposal is the first opportunity offered in NCECA’s conference planning cycle to solicit exhibition concepts from the field that relate to and expand on the unique theme formulated for the host region of each of NCECA’s annual conferences.

Concurrent Exhibitions provide a platform for participating artists to engage with the global audience of ceramic enthusiasts to expand, challenge, and celebrate critical and aesthetic horizons of art made with clay. NCECA promotes Concurrent Exhibitions through the print conference guide, app, website, Blog and social media. NCECA makes efforts to cluster exhibitions within art/cultural districts as well as developing neighborhoods to maximize viewer attendance.

2019 Concurrent Exhibitions Focus

NCECA seeks exhibition proposals that incorporate clay as the principal medium of expression and have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 53rd annual conference, Claytopia. The conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.

call for artists: 3rd annual Artaxis Fellowship

We are excited to announce the Call for Applicants for the 3rd annual Artaxis Fellowship. This year, we will be offering two fellowships, each one worth up to $2,000, to fund a two-week summer workshop in ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The fellowships will cover room, board, and tuition for a two-week workshop, and up to $500 for travel to and from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, USA.The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

This year’s Artaxis Fellowship Selection Committee, consisting of Eva Kwong, Crystal Morey, and Neha Kudchadkar  will select the recipient based on artistic merit and financial need. The two recipients will be able to attend a two-week workshop of their choice at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the summer of 2018.


  • The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
  • Artists 18 years of age or older, at any stage of their career. Nominee does not need to be a student.
  • Artists must be able to demonstrate financial need and, if requested by the board, provide a copy of the first page of your most current tax return or other financial document.
  • The Fellowship is designed to offer an experience that would otherwise not be possible for the Nominee. To that end, any Nominee who has attended numerous workshops will not be considered in need.
  • This Fellowship is open to National and International applicants. Artaxis will provide International applicants with letters of invitation, but cannot offer additional funding or support with acquiring a visa.

The 2018 Artaxis Fellowship is supported by Artaxis members and funded by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in an effort to nurture talent within creatively driven individuals by offering financial support to underrepresented artists.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Deadline: January 31st, 2018

For the Love of Craft: A Fine Craft Charity Auction to help save Craft Ontario

Acclaimed Canadian Craftspeople are offering their work to help save Craft Ontario, a 41 year-old professional association in support of professional craftspeople. For the Love of Craft is an online auction organized by friends and volunteers of Craft Ontario, to help keep the organization afloat. Twenty-one award winning, and highly accomplished craftspeople have joined the auction making this a rare opportunity for Craft collectors. Take advantage of this unique opportunity, while supporting Craft Ontario.

The auction can be found online at:

Auction Ends February 15th 2018

A public closing reception will be held at Craft Ontario:
Thursday, February 15th, 5pm-7pm

For viewing the work in person, the auction is currently on exhibition at:
Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. West in Toronto.

The highly decorated list of makers includes: Beth Alber, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Mimi Cabri, Dorothy Caldwell, Kai Chan, Susan Collett, Peter Fleming, Michael Fortune, Sarah Hall, Steve Heinemann, Stephen Hogbin, Robert Jekyll, Susan Warner Keene, Susan Low Beer, Paul McClure, Matthias Ostermann, Ann Roberts, Karl Schantz, Susan Rankin, Don Stuart, and Judith Tinkl. Among them, Eight are honoured recipients of The Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s national award for fine craft. The roster also includes Twelve inductees to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Foundation (RCA).

“Craft Ontario was absolutely instrumental to my development and success as a designer and craftsperson, and I am proud to donate a signed piece on behalf of the organization that has nurtured, supported and stimulated me over more than four decades.” says Michael Fortune, Furniture Designer and Maker, Craft Ontario Member since 1974.

Please get in touch at or 416-925-4222 x 225.

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