Are you a Canuck with luck heading to @nceca this week?? First of all, congratulations… that’s exciting and it’s amazing to see more can con spreading south of the border. Imagine #canadianceramics infiltrating the hearts & minds of many international ceramics lovers and ceramic curious!! We’d love to see NCECA through your eyes, and invite you to use #ncecaeh when posting can-con to share with the rest of the nation who cannot be there in person ☹️!! Whether you’re participating in an exhibition or demonstration, meeting your ceramic pen pals & icons, or generally being blown away, we’d love to hear about it.

Canadian Ceramics Represent!! 🇨🇦💪🏺❤️
#ncecaeh, #canadianceramics

Help support students going to NCECA this year!

It might have been about 20 years ago that I attended my first NCECA conference, but it’s impact was so great that it’s memories stay with me still. I truly can’t think of a more valuable experience for an artist in our field than to be surrounded by thousands of artists, exceptional quality contemporary work and some of the best minds and critical theorists in our field, all in one place over the course of 5 days.

When I recently saw a Facebook post by students at my former alumni, The University of Regina, regarding an upcoming fundraiser to help get students to this year’s NCECA I was brought back to my school days of working alongside fellow students and Jack Sures in the studio, prepping pots, platters, mugs, you name it, for a hallway sale on campus to help get us to the conference. Jack was always so supportive of students and well aware of the importance of us attending events like this to expand our understanding of the potential of ceramics into a more global perspective.

Jack passed away earlier this year and when it happened I reflected a lot on the valuable lessons I’ve learned from him over the years. The most important one being the value of community, the need to support each other, and how those bonds can truly help us achieve much greater things then what we could accomplish on our own.

In that spirit of supporting a community I set out to find a way to help these students from the University of Regina to meet their fundraising goals and be able to attend the conference. My oldest son, Elliott (11 years old) wanted to help as well. The result is the t-shirt designs below which are available online as of today, with all the profits going to the University of Regina Ceramic Students Society. Support students within our community by purchasing a shirt, and proclaim your love of ceramics to the world! : )



Full range of sizes and colors are available as print on demand here: caroleepp.threadless.com

Thank you!

xoxo Carole

upcoming NCECA deadlines – Emerging Artist and Student Exhibition


Deadline- September 26, 2018

The 2019 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition will run concurrently with Claytopia, the 53rd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 27-30, 2019. Ceramic artists Steven Young Lee and Linda Lopez will select works for the exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center. For the first time, consideration for the exhibition will be open to those studying in higher education degree granting and post-baccalaureate programs in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Visit https://nceca.net/nceca-juried-student-exhibition/ to learn more. Submissions take place digitally through the CaFE system.

2018 Emerging Artist – Andrew Stansbury


Deadline – Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.

NCECA’s Emerging Artists program recognizes exceptional early career artists highlighting them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference and promoting them year round through the NCECA blog. The awards include opportunities for increased exposure through exhibition and special events.

Matt Kelleher Emerging Artist from ten years ago, 2008 reflects…
“Looking back to the opportunity of NCECA Emerging Artist in 2008, I think of the scale. Presenting my work and ideas on such a large platform. It came at a perfect time for me as I was wrapping up a three year residency at Penland School of Crafts and heading out to set up my own studio and business. The event did not change my career overnight, but was more of a recognition of how I had grown up to that point.”

The NCECA Emerging Artist program deadline is coming up! October 3rd, 2018. Consider applying at 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist