NCECA 2015 Conference: “Lively Experiments”


Lively Experiments
March 25 to 28, 2015
Providence, RI

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) presents its annual conference “Lively Experiments” March 25 through 28 in Providence, Rhode Island, with a pre-conference symposium, lectures and discussions, collector’s tour, and related events in the area.


S Isupov whaling detail LW

Sat & Sun, Mar 21 & 22, 8–5
Of Earth, Sea & Fire: A Symposium of Makers
Join sixteen artists for a weekend of lively discussion, demonstrations, and lectures.
Sergei Isupov to speak Sat, Mar 21, 4–5
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA


Vipoo screen shot 2 LW

Thurs, Mar 26, 9
Roundtable Discussion:
Pass the Peas: Food, Objects and the Making of Community 
Vipoo Srivilasa is one of five panelists who will discuss themes explored in the keynote and share their insights on the complex ways that we understand place and memory through objects, food, and community engagement.

Leslie Ferrin

Thurs, Mar 26, 1:30
Panel: The Social (Media) Experiment
Leslie Ferrin joins Amanda Barr, Brian Harper, and Justin Rothshank to address the myriad of ways today’s ubiquitous social media can be utilized in ceramic education, studio practice, and curation.


Thurs, Mar 26, 2:30
Panel: Willows, Waterworks, and Wild Roses
Paul Scott, Andrew Raftery, and Sarah Carter will examine the historical contexts of transferwares depicting North American scenery produced in the early nineteenth century as well as their political and cultural functions, highlighting their relevance to contemporary artistic practice.

Click here for full program listing.


Sun, Mar 22–Fri, Mar 28
Leslie Ferrin (curator and specialist in contemporary ceramics) and Paul Sacaridiz (president elect of NCECA) will take collectors behind the scenes to visit private collections, enjoy talks, and discover new works by established and emerging artists.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (with curator Emily Zilber); The Clark and Lacoste Galleries in Concord, MA; Harvard Ceramics (with Kathryn King); the New Bedford Whaling Museum; Chris Gustin Studio; and Anagama Firing. And other special events.


Of Earth + Sea: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection
A group show including the work of Sergei Isupov
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
Mar 12–Aug 12, reception Thurs, Mar 26, 5:30–8

Andrew Raftery, "May: Cultivating Lettuce" 2014, engraving transfer printed on glazed white earthenware, 14"."

Paul Scott & Andrew Raftery: Transferware Scenery — Gardens, Bridges, Trucks, Turbines, and Willows
An exhibition of new work rising from transferware’s rich history of image and meaning.
Mar 25–28 or Mar 22–April 4, reception Thurs, Mar 26, 5–9:30
Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Mara Superior, "Smart Planet: Homage to Science" detail, 2009, porcelain, glaze, wood, gold leaf, tin pencil sharpener (feet), 21 x 17 x 11".

A Porcelain Menagerie: solo show of work by Mara Superior
Featuring painted porcelain platters, teapots and sculptures celebrating the beauty and fragility of the animal world.
Co-curated by Dana Salvo and Leslie Ferrin.
Ceramics at Clark: Bruce Barry, David Furman, Linda Huey, Allison Newsome
Clark Gallery, Mar 10–31, Lincoln, MA
extended hours during NCECA: Mar 22–29, Sun–Sat, 10–6
reception during NCECA: Monday, Mar 23, 5–7