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Material Generation Panel- NCECA

April 3, 2014

Fred Herbst


Spring in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for NCECA.

On March 21st I moderated a panel discussion on wood-fired ceramics titled “Material Generation” for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The panelists were Simon Levin, Tim Rowan, and Tara Wilson and they presented their work and international success as studio artists. The turnout for the panel was great and the interest in wood-fired ceramics practice continues to grow.

Each year, the NCECA conference has been very important for me since I get to travel to a new city, see a huge amount of ceramics, reconnect with old friends, and meet new friends. This year’s keynote was delivered by the amazing Theaster Gates from Chicago. His call for more diversity in ceramics and art was delivered in a very powerful speech  and he left the stage to a standing ovation. It was a highlight of the conference for me!

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