Michigan Mud 2011

Michigan Mud is a conference offered every 2 years by the Michigan Ceramic Art Association. The conference includes demonstrations and lectures by many Michigan ceramic artists. This year the featured keynote speaker is Robert Piepenburg.

The conference also will include sessions on construction techniques, surface treatment, and glazing. Whether a full-time potter or one who wishes they had more time to work with clay, a college art instructor or a public school teacher, a graduate student or someone still in high school, you will find many things at this conference that will be practical.

October 7 & 8, 2011

Washtenaw Community College

4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

9:00am – 4:00pm each day

Exhibition of Presentor’s Work at Gallery One, Student Activites Building on WCC Campus Juried Student Show: Details for submitting work coming soon. Cup & Mug Fundraiser: Details for donating cups for the sale coming soon. Keynote Speaker: Robert Piepenburg, plus book signing following the keynote address. Michigan Mud Registration: Family, Student or Faculty registration: please use the Mail-in Registration Form Individuals and Institutions can Register online for Michigan Mud 2011 with a major credit card using PayPal. Click here to go to the Online Registration page.

Presenters & Demontrators Click here for details on lectures and demonstrations. Friday

  • Robert Piepenburg: Keynote Speaker
  • Jeremy Brooks: Lecture
  • Jeri Hollister: Demonstration
  • Daria Kim: Brush Workshop
  • Nicole Marroquin: Demonstration
  • Ian Thomas: Demonstration


  • Craig Clifford: Demonstration
  • Daria Kim: Brush Workshop
  • Paul Kotula: Lecture
  • Debbie Kupinsky: Demonstration
  • Gail Piepenburg: Demonstration
  • Greg Stahly: Lecture

Visit their website here.

Upcoming NCECA deadlines

Seattle Exhibitions and Programming – 2012

Emerging Artists: DEADLINE August 30, 2011

The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work to an international audience at the NCECA Annual Conference. http://www.nceca.net/static/exhibitions_emerging_info.php National Student Juried Exhibition: DEADLINE September 29, 2011

The NCECA 2012 NSJE is open to all full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students (as defined by their home institution) enrolled in the United States of America. Eligible students must be working at the time of submittal towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art. http://www.nceca.net/static/NSJE2012.php Topical Discussions/NCECA Connections: DEADLINE October 3, 2011

NCECA is seeking a diverse group of discussion leaders from its membership; Students (Undergraduate, Post-Bacc, Graduate), Studio Artists, Educators (K-12, Community College, University), Gallerists, Curators, etc. are all encouraged to apply! Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections are the break-out sessions on Thursday and Friday afternoons during conference. http://www.nceca.net/static/conference_topics.php Weather or Not: DEADLINE October 1, 2011

Seattle artist and Host Committee Member, Charlie Bigger is excited to announce Weather or Not, a site-specific, outdoor installation opportunity at South Lake Union Park in Seattle to coincide with the 2012 conference. Weather-Or-Not presents an opportunity for students and teachers to explore the EDGY artistic avenue of collaborative installations affected by time and weather. E-mail a one-page description of your project to Charlie@biggerstudios.com. Additional information and collaborative proposal requirements are detailed in Charlie’s downloadable letter here: http://nceca.net/static/documents/Weather-or-Not.doc. Charlie shares that his excitement and imagination around this event is sparked by two elements. “The first is the theme…the theme for NCECA 2012…”On The Edge” immediately grabbed my attention and fired up my imagination. Secondly, being interested in the history of the studio movement in Ceramics, a concern among my peers in the ceramics world deals with a perception that younger clay workers seem to be less numerous than a few years back. I am looking forward to being able, through NCECA, to provide this great venue to share and explore new ideas, and experiments with up and coming young ceramics students that might not otherwise realize that NCECA is also for them, not just established studio artists of my generation.” On-Site Conference Liaison, Marge Levy writes that through Weather-Or-Not, “we hope to capture the inclinations of those who are in a period of their artistic lives where they are thinking about process, objects, ephemeral notions, and having fun with it all and with each other. ”

Houston Exhibitions – 2013

Concurrent, Independent Exhibitions: DEADLINE November 4, 2011

NCECA will act as a jury and an intermediary in selecting exhibitions that will enhance the conference experience and bring high quality ceramic exhibitions to the hosting community. The On-site Liaisons will identify host venues and work with them in selecting exhibitions suited to the mission and audience and facilities.


Awards and Board Nominations – 2012

2012 Awards: DEADLINE September 30, 2011 The membership of the NCECA Nominations Committee has been recently re-constituted for 2012 to include President-Elect, Patsy Cox (Chair); Director-at-Large, Sam Chung; Past-President

Robert Harrison and Fellow of the Council, Susan Filley. Nominations for Fellows of the Council, Honorary Members, Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Achievement are now being accepted. The deadline for receipt of nominations packets is September 30, 2011 for awards to be presented at the 2012 Conference in Seattle.

Visit: http://www.nceca.net/static/about_awards.php to view the details on submission materials, awards descriptions and eligibility requirements. Board Terms to begin in 2012 The NCECA Nominations Committee is also responsible for identifying qualified candidates for positions on the Board of Directors. By September 30, 2011, the Nominations Committee anticipates identifying two qualified candidates each for the role of President-Elect and Director-at-Large positions on the Board of Directors. Read more about the responsibilities and requirements of these roles at: http://nceca.net/static/about_board_candidates.php. Board candidates for nominations will be considered by the Board of Directors at its October 2011 meeting in Houston. Information about the Board’s Nominees will be posted on NCECA’s website following this meeting. Additional nominations for one Director-at-Large position and one Student Director-at-Large position will also be accepted at the First Members’ Business Meeting tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 during the 2012 conference in Seattle. Following brief speeches by the candidates, elections will take place at the Second Members’ Business meeting on Saturday, March 31, 2012, the final day of the Seattle conference (time TBD).

Jun Kaneko @ the Gardiner Museum in Toronto until September 18th

Jun Kaneko (American, born Japan 1942) studied painting in his native Japan as a young man. In 1963, he moved to the United States where he studied ceramics with a number of influential artists from the California School, including Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner. Although Kaneko is best known for creating large-scale ceramic sculptures and installations, painting has remained an important part of his artistic practice throughout his career. In recent years Kaneko has also branched out to design opera sets and costumes for several productions in Omaha, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Vancouver. This exhibition presents a survey of 39 works by Kaneko ranging in date from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The works in the exhibition include a mix of large and small ceramic sculptures as well as a selection of paintings and drawings. The combination of works in different media emphasizes Kaneko’s strong command of form and colour, and his longstanding interest in optics and perception. Jun Kaneko is a traveling exhibition organized by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services for a tour of North America. The Gardiner Museum is the final stop on the tour and the only scheduled Canadian venue for the exhibition.Visit the gallery website for more info.