This weekend was basically every ceramic enthusiast's dream, I was able to take a break from studio and go to Providence, Rhode Island for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference. First off Providence is beautiful, it is stuffed full of history and quirk as if each brick has a history and story to tell. I was able to ignore the dreary weather by taking many coffee breaks, yet never walking into a chain or repeating coffee shops. It is now on the list of cities I could see myself moving to someday. It was love.
It was Mud.
I guess I'll explain for non-ceramics people what a national ceramics convention looks like. It looks like thousands of artists, teachers and students, vibrant with personality and passion coming together to share ideas, listen to lectures, watch demonstrations by world-renowned artists and shop for the latest tool or program of study. My favorite part of the weekend was the lectures, I went to as many as I could fit into the hectic schedule. I am going to write up a summary and my own thoughts of each this week, so stay posted! I just knew I could not tackle them all in this one post.
When not in lectures or coffee shops, we went to exhibits associated with the conference. NCECA has a Biannual and a National Student Juried Show each year, which are the best of the best.
While you wait for me to wrap my brain around everything I heard this weekend and write a post with a bit more meat, here are some pics of beauties I saw along the way.