NCECA is always a wonderful time for me. I have learned over many years that regardless of the conference theme and/or content, I will always find a few things that interest me and I will always learn something from just being there! There were several high points this year:
I was honored to be a participant on the panel "The Necessity of Community with co-presenters Steven Branfman, Macy Dorf, and moderated by Doug Casebeer. A great experience working with all of you! And yes, alot of work putting together that PowerPoint!
As a board member of Studio Potter, I spend time at our table talking about SP to conference participants. This conference SP was honored to work with Ron Meyers and feature a book signing to celebrate the release of his new book. Thank you Ron for working with us and for your imense contributions to our field as an artist and educator.
Finally, for me, what NCECA is really about is connection. I am reminded clearly, visually, and oh so poignantly, at the opening ceremonies when we honor those who we have lost over the past year. Many of my colleagues and contemporaries who have touched me in my carreer. It is a reminder also of my own mortality. Every year I renew friendships and make new ones. I connect with others and learn about their lives and ceramic journeys over the past year. I marvel at the incredible quality and substance of some of the work I see, yet am disappointed also at seeing work that is so derivative, so plagiarized and uninspired! I find this quite unsettling. I am pleased in partaking of dialog and conversation with my contemporaries that is meaningful and from the heart.
Thank you NCECA, Dori, Kate, Candice, Marko, Josh, for another great conference! And before I forget, a huge shout-out to the great AV staff that made our Power Points look great and work flawlessly!