1. What is the conference theme this year?

The theme, Tidal Forces: The Next Wave, will examine and expose the unbroken arc spanning our deepest tradi- tions and the most contemporary emerging work. A tidal wave can work to tear down walls between old and new, while unearthing what is hidden beneath the surface. We intend to help participants look beyond what is conven- tional while remembering the roots of this powerful and multi-faceted art form. The 2011 conference will both celebrate the new works being created while also examining the power of traditional art.

2. When and where is this year’s conference?

March 30-April 2, 2011 Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Tampa Convention Center • 333 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602

3. What happens at the conference?

About 5000 artists, students, teachers and professionals come together to explore, view and interact with ceramic arts through:

• Exhibitions at galleries throughout the Tampa Bay area – Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties • NCECA Gallery Exposition (EXPO) and Project Space with installations, and Annual Cup Sale • NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition and National K12 Ceramic Exhibition • Demonstrations, Films, Lectures and Discussions • Commercial Exhibitors area, featuring manufacturers of equipment and tools, books for sale • Non-profit Exhibitors, universities, arts centers and residencies

4. How can I participate?

Teachers can participate by attending the conference. Consider bringing your students (middle and high school) to the conference. Or, consider using resources available like NCECA’s web lesson plans and materials:

Nearly 100 exhibitions of ceramic art will be on view in the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area surrounding the NCECA Conference. These exhibitions, spread over the course of three months, will feature the work of some of the best and emerging ceramic artists and most of them are free and open to the public. If unable to attend the main conference, details about pre- and post- conference events being sponsored in the area can be found at

5. What do I need to do to bring my students?

Day passes for students in grades K-8 are only $5, and $15 for those in grades 9-12. A teacher bringing three or more students in grades 6 – 12 to the conference for a day will receive a free day pass. To take advantage of this offer, teachers must contact Cindy Garland, Membership and Office Administrator at with the names of the students they will be bringing to the conference. NCECA strongly encourages completing registration of students prior to March 2. Teachers bringing students to register on-site during the conference may experience delays during the registration process.