L.Louise Lashambe on thu 25 mar 99
Pleased to hear that most of you had a great time at NCECA I was so sorry to
have missed it this year. However planning to attend next year in Denver.
Yes Vince, I will try to bring the Cab Sauvingon. Might be tricky at customs
but what the heck it's worth the try and the challenge. Question, how is the
location for the NCECA decided? And when will we, who live out here, ever
attend one say in Seattle or Portland just to name a few areas within
driving distance from Vancouver B.C.?
Just thought I'd ask.
Louise in not so sunny Steveston Village B.C.
Louis Katz on fri 26 mar 99
I will answer your question as best I can. NCECA locations are decided on by
the NCECA board. Many things factor into the decision.
Amoung these are:
If we book a block of rooms in a hotel how much free meeting space do we get?
What do the hotel rooms cost?
Are there enough rooms in the city to accomadate our membership.
What is the distance between hotels and the conference space.
Is there a local Liason?
What are the museum and exhibition spaces like?
How accessable is the location to the membership?
While all of these factors have some flex, the meeting space issues and cost of
hotels carry most of the weight. These issues severely restrict which cities
can be used.
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Vince Pitelka on fri 26 mar 99
>Pleased to hear that most of you had a great time at NCECA I was so sorry to
>have missed it this year. However planning to attend next year in Denver.
>Yes Vince, I will try to bring the Cab Sauvingon. Might be tricky at customs
>but what the heck it's worth the try and the challenge. Question, how is the
>location for the NCECA decided? And when will we, who live out here, ever
>attend one say in Seattle or Portland just to name a few areas within
>driving distance from Vancouver B.C.?
Louis or someone else from NCECA will be able to offer more exact
information, but as far as I know, the first requirement is that someone
from a college or university must be willing to serve as the on-site
conference chair. Second, there must be adequate convention center or hotel
conference center facilities and enough hotel rooms close by. Third, there
must be enough museum and gallery exhibition spaces willing to commit to
scheduling appropriate exhibitions. NCECA has been on the West Coast a
number of times, but it seems like it is time for it to be out there again.
Seems like someone in Seattle or Portland ought to be willing to host it.
How 'bout it. Anyone out there in Seattle or Portland listening?
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"Terry Sullivan/Nottingham Center for the Arts. San Marcos," on sun 28 mar 99
Vince reminds me of some questions raised during discissions at NCECA over
conference locations etc.
Here are some thoughts:
Why does it, NCECA, have to be in mid to late March ??
I once asked this question of a board member and the reply was that it is the
best time for college instructors. Why ? I asked. Because they get to take
"paid" time off and often get financial assistance as well. If they did it
during the summer it would be on their own time and dime.
Now, before all you prof.s get your dander up; that was the response of one
person and could be erroneous.
But, I think there may be a kernal of truth here. As I understand it NCECA was
mostly started by college/university trained and employed folks and so,
logicaly, they would set the schedual to fit the majority of the members at
However; times have changed. I submit that the majority of NCECA attendendees
are no longer ceramics instructors from colleges or universities. Each year I
see the apparent demographics shifting to a younger, broader based crowd.
So why do we have to go to these lovely cities like Columbus or Rochester in
late winter ????
With the planning years in advance why not Portland in June, Miami in Oct,
Hawaii in Jan. , Pheonix in Feb. , San Diego in Aug., Seattle in Sept. ?????
Why not choose a beautiful city at a time when it is at it's best ?
(I am aware of certain cost factors vis a vis seasons here but they are not
set in stone)
And must the conference be sponsored by a college or university exclusively ?
Why not a private non-profit organization alone or in conjunction with
colleges and or ceramics guilds or ( heaven forbid) studio potter/ceramists in
I know these questions might be best asked of the NCECA board and I will.
Just think it would be a good idea if these questions/thoughts were discussed
by the biggest and brightest group of ceramists arround. i.e. Clayart.
Louis Katz is right on to bring up the point of participation in the NCECA
board and the lack of multiple candidates. However; it is a membership non-
profit organisation and we all have the right to speak out and even attend
board meetings. There is much lamentation about the small percentage of voters
who participate in national elections. You should see how small it is at the
NCECA elections !!
Nottingham Center for the Arts
Feelin really fiesty after second cup of coffee.
Our Malards are back in the pool and it's driving the cats crazy
Louis Katz on sun 28 mar 99
Hi Vince Louise,Lois, This is Louis former NCECA DAL.
NCECA no longer requires a conference host or a host institution. They would be
VERY helpful and much appreciated. The exposure is great fopr a program. The
Host is now called the liason; the change was made to clarify the role.
Hotel size and price are the two biggies. When we book a block of rooms how much
free conference space do we get? I don't think exhibition space has hung us up
in recent years although I suppose it could. There certainly have been museums
unwilling to put up clay shows, but there are useually enough venues to meet the
It is the size of our conference vs. the low price needed that seems to create
the biggest hurdle.
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Bill Downs on sun 28 mar 99
This is probably an unreasonable sugestion for an NCECA Convention location in
the future but... how about Honolulu? Gotta admit it has a sort of ring to it.
Brand new convention center in Waikiki. The blue pacific, the beach etc.,
enough rambling .
Just thought I'd try...
Bill on the Big Island
Mike Gordon on tue 30 mar 99
Maybe someone should post the names of the board members (NCECA), their
e-mail addresses or snail mail, where are the meetings held and when is
the next one? Mike
Sharon Pollock-De Luzio on thu 1 apr 99
Terry Sullivan/Nottingham Center for the Arts. San Marcos, wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Why does it, NCECA, have to be in mid to late March ??
To feisty Terry,
Ever think of switching to decaf?
Everyone is so defensive. High-art potters, lo-art potters, functional potters,
studio potters, green potters, blue potters, college profs, high school
educators, art center directors, smokers,non-smokers, men and women with too man
hormones, figurative sculptors, non-objective ceramic artists, beginners, people
with MFA's, self-taught clay cowboys and girls....have I left anyone out?
Get over it.
We're all overworked, underpaid and underappreciated. We all must love what we
do or we wouldn't still be doing it. There are better ways to make money, but
not many better ways to live.
March seems to be a good time for NCECA because it's downtime for most clay-type
people. Many of us are doing art fairs, workshops or residencies in the summer.
The fall is crazy because it's back to school time for educators and other than
Columbus Day weekend (which is also a big artfair weekend) there's no "fall
break" in academia. People who sell their work for a living are getting ready
for Christmas. February would probably be better but unless we did it down sout
every year that doesn't seem like a good idea.
Nothing's perfect. But NCECA's pretty great. I enjoy NCECA in spring. It
shares a spirit of new growth, new vision, new hope and new opportunity.
But then I've been drinking decaf for years.
Sharon in RI