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NCECA  The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts - instagram takeover this week by Emerging Artist @wmacd.art

“It was a honor to be an emerging artist. The experience of speaking in front of that crowd was simultaneously terrifying and empowering - and it lead me to reflect on my work in new ways, a larger context “ says Karen Swyler, NCECA emerging artist in 2018. Apply this year for 2019 emerging artist! Deadline October 3. WWW.NCECA.net. #emergingartist #ceramics #newartist #nceca #karenswyler

@wmacd.art: Mugshot Monday! Some of Jason Hackett’s amazing collection @hackett_ja: Left to right- Matt Fisk @bluepotter, Peter Scherr @peterscherrpeterscherr, Ron Meyers, Ben Jordan @benjordanceramics, Matt Kelleher @kelleherceramics, Joe Pintz @joepintz, Kirk Mangus @kirkmangus, Blair Clemo @abcpottery, Theo Uliano @theouliano, Ron Meyers again, Amy Halko @amyhalko, Brian Jones @brianrjones, Julia Galloway @galloway_pottery, Mike Jabbur @mikejabbur let me know If I missed anyone. #art #craft #ceramics #contemporaryart #contemporarycraft #contemporaryceramics #mugshotmonday #vcu #virginiacommonwealthuniversity #richmond #pots #pottery #keramik #keramika #theuniversityofalabama #rolltide

@wmacd.art here: thanks @nceca followers for all the support and positive feedback!! It’s been great to share my practice with you and those who have helped shape it along the way. Extremely grateful. Xoxo #art #ceramics #ceramic #pottery #pots #cups #wheelthrowing #porcelain #contemporaryart #contemporarycraft #contemporaryceramics #functionalart #theuniversityofalabama #rolltide

@wmacd.art here! Last year, I had the opportunity to participate in the AIA residency program at a Red Lodge Clay Center @redlodgeclaycenter in Red Lodge, Montana. The artists in my residency group were beyond inspiring and continue to work tirelessly to make their artistic voices heard. At last year’s NCECA conference, I organized an exhibition based on that shared residency experience called “Parallel/Collision.” They definitely deserve a shoutout. Check out their work and follow 1. Matt Ziemke @mattziemke 2. Julie Malen @julie_malenhead 3. Jason Hackett @hackett_ja 4. Matt Mitros @mattmitros #art #artist #ceramics #ceramic #keramik #keramika #contemporaryart #contemporaryceramics #contemporarycraft #craft #design #contemporarysculpture #pottery #pots #porcelain #mixedmedia #interdisciplinary #architecture#architectural #figurativeart #figurativesculpture #vcu #nceca

“Homage to Midnight” was exhibited this year at NCECA and explores the complex relationship between art and religion. The architecture of the piece is reminiscent of an altar and from above, the entire work resembles a cross. The appropriated book is the 700-page history of the Bauhaus in Germany. A photograph of Jason Newsted, the former bass player for the band Metallica, is tucked in the book’s binding. One of the intentions of this piece is to emphasize the notion that making art often feels like a religious or spiritual experience; the artist/designer becomes a monk dedicated to their practice which takes precedence over all other endeavors. @wmacd.art #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryceramics #ceramics #clay #sculpture #furniture #furnituredesign #architecture #architectural #architecturalmodel #bauhaus #woodworking #plexiglass #interdisciplinary #contemporarycraft #craft #design #subjectiveclay #postminimalism #metamodernism #nceca #ncecaemergingartist #pittsburgh #theuniversityofalabama #rolltide

Good morning, Wade MacDonald here @wmacd.art I’ve selected a few pieces made by my mentors at Michigan State University. 1. Paul Kotula @paul_kotula_projects 2. Blake Williams @blakejw13 and 3. Jae Won Lee: jaewonlee.net. Such incredible educators and guides. I’m extremely grateful for all of the faculty expertise @michiganstateu @msu_aahd #art #fineart #ceramics #contemporaryceramics #contemporaryart #contemporarysculpture #pottery #pots #clay #porcelain #slipcasting #interdisciplinary #mixedmedia #michiganstate #michiganstateuniversity #design

Greetings NCECA! I’m Wade MacDonald @wmacd.art and I’m taking over NCECA’s instagram for a few days! I wanted to start simply by reintroducing myself and posting pics of the pieces in the EA exhibition in Pittsburgh. The first pic is of my studio at Anderson Ranch, @andersonranchartscenter @ranchanderson a place that is very near and dear to my heart. Enjoy! Website: wfmceramics.com #art #ceramics #ceramic #keramik #keramika #clay #contemporaryart #contemporarycraft #contemporarysculpture #ranchmade #andersonranch #andersonranchartscenter #nceca #ncecaemergingartist #snowmass #pittsburgh #pottery #pots #postminimalism #metamodernism #design #rolltide

@andrew_leo: Last day here. Just wanted to give you some book recommendations that I’m using to think about my work and life. So here’s your homework.

Sianne Ngai’s UGLY FEELINGS helped me understand my work and is the only theory book I found accessible.
Amanda Palmer’s THE ART OF ASKING gave me the responsibility to ask for help and to offer something, anything, for exchange. The audiobook gave me ugly cries in my studio.
THIS BRIDGE WE CALL HOME continues to give me hope as I chew through it.
Miriam Greenspan’s HEALING THROUGH THE DARK EMOTIONS let me heal and accept that it is a human right to feel everything, even the bad stuff.
Virginia Grise’s YOUR HEALING IS KILLING ME, the newest book in this collection, is a manifesto that has inspired me to not write artist statements anymore. Instead, artist manifestos.
Jenny Lawson is a f-ing American gem. Read everything by her. YOU ARE HERE was the book I gave my mom last year to let her get her mind off of things and to feel her self-worth. I forgot that I needed those things too. And as I plan to rush back to Texas before she passes, this is keeping me sane.

@andrew_leo : Welcome to my office and the reflection of my mind.
One of the questions I get a lot about my work is the process for building for my big ol’ body. Here’s the easiest description:
SO YOU WANT TO MAKE PIECES FOR YOUR BODY. -
Do you need to cast your whole body in duct tape and then plaster a 20% enlarged version? Not necessarily. You’d just be a crazy person like me.
Instead, you could use old blocks of clay as the base and then measure out a slab to build off of that, accounting for shrinking clay. The rule of thumb is that you need to enlarge your measurements 20% to account for shrinkage/warpage/comfort (use the metric system for easier math). Sculpt the slab to fit, taking care to account for extra room for your nose and forehead — this will matter as those can’t get taped down to fit like ears. Give yourself extra wiggle room.
Then add some thick plastic, a hand towel, and start making. I follow the mindful approach to slowly dry everything for weeks to prevent cracking (but I often cheat and create a fan tornado drying system to circulate air around the piece, not directly on), and then I follow the #BruceDehnertNoBlowBisque cycle that @jim.lawton gave me.
For glaze, I use majolica as a base and spray about ten layers of overglazes and thinned Duncan Envision glazes. Then, I underfire my mid-range b-mix claybody to cone 02-2, giving it a 30 minute hold to get all goopy. If the glaze turns out—great!—but more often I tend to keep adding layers of glaze and sand-blasting when I need to.

@andrew_leo : @oriartgallery in Portland, OR highlights trans and queer artists of color. On June 1st, their front window was destroyed. It has since been replaced, but if I can encourage you, please consider donating to and visiting this small non-profit space. (You can find a direct link to donate on their profile.) @mayavivas, one of the co-directors, was part of the New Queers Eve panel at this past NCECA, and I also encourage you to listen to what they had to say on the YouTube video.

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