Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:58 PM
My first NCECA was while I was in Grad school 1971 or 72 ? in Illinois and NCECA was at Madison. We stayed at glassblower, Audrey Handler's house with Jack Troy and a bunch of students.Met Don Reitz and Soldner in the art building before Soldner's lecture. Met Gerry Williams and Pete Sabin the editors for Studio Potter, a brand new magazine and we discussed writing an article about our oil burner design for the alternative fuels part of the second issue. This year we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Studio Potter Magazine with Mary Barringer the current editor with a cake in the shape of a desk.. Wow! Supermud/NCECA combo at Penn State I hung out with Frances Senska who was honored as a Fellow of NCECA by Rudy Autio her former student and listened to a young Patti Warashina close the conference with her talk and no one left early.I loved Syracuse NCECA in about 1988, the Everson Museum of American Ceramics. I wrote a report for the Journal about political ceramics after meeting Richard Notkin and seeing the work of Jeff Schlanger who I met 20 years later in Uzbekistan at a Ceramics Symposium. Syracuse had a great Art Deco hotel with excellent spots to sit with friends and have a beer and talk shop. Sat in the hallway with Paul Soldner talking raku ..very memorable. <div>Champaign/Urbana was my first trip with 2 carloads of students from Montana (Big Sk Country). They said the sky took a big dip around Iowa. Wichita, students stopped at mother-in-law's in Brighton CO en route to Wichita. Saw Michael Cardew, Juan Quezada and his brother Nicholas1992 NCECA in Tempe reunited with USSR Soviet Artists' union artists I had worked with in Latvia in 1991. Philadelphia 1975 danced with Clayton Bailey in my hometown. There have been two more in Phila. since then. There are so many memories and friends who have passed. Phila. 2010, dined with Malcolm Davis, Kathryn Narrow retiree from the Clay Studio,Elmer Craig , a fellow Fulbrighter, Russel Fouts from Belgium and my friends from Italy, Pietro Magdalena and his assistant, Claudia.
I have always felt that NCECA was like a gathering of the clans from all over the world. I can't really say which one was my favorite although this one was really special. My old..former classmate, Marge Levy was the onsite liaison with Wally Bivins. Marge has always had a knack of organization with a heavy dash of fun and zest for life!The NCECA Theme dance was the capstone at the beginning and the end of this year's conference. Over the years the number of shows have been overwhelming. I loved Louisville and hung out with old friends plus found the Rookwood complete installation in the basement lounge of the hotel where F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby. That was definitely a defining NCECA moment. I was on the Board for the Cincinnati NCECA and organized the demonstrating artists including Paul Mathieu and Beth Lo. For those who haven't been to an NCECA conference, they are memorable events. The greats and future greats are all there...with friends and future friends This is so Marge: the NCECA Theme dance for 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHDiuWd85gM