…it’s coming

…and it’s less than a year away

…The biggest annual ceramics event in the country

…maybe even the world, will be in Kansas City next year.


…but not just ANY NCECA, this is the 50th anniversary of the organization.

It’s going to be bigger & grander than any previous NCECA,

and we’re bringing out our best.

A huge part of the conference experience is all the pre-conference workshop opportunities.  We are thrilled to be participating in the cooperative Lawrence pre-conference extravaganza.  Bracker’s will host three INCREDIBLE ceramic artists for a two day workshop on the Sunday and Monday immediately preceding the conference.  More details will be released soon, but here’s a sample of what’s in store…literally, in OUR store!


bottlesBorn in Rochester, NY, Peter Pincus is a ceramic artist and instructor.  He joined the School for American Crafts as Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics in Fall 2014.  Peter received his BFA (2005) and MFA (2011) in ceramics from Alfred University, and in between was a resident artist at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California.  Since graduate school, Peter worked as the Studio Manager and Resident Artist Coordinator of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education in Rochester, NY, Adjunct Professor of three dimensional studies at Roberts Wesleyan College and has established a studio in Penfield NY.

Lopez_01Linda Lopez (b. 1981) received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

3Ryan LaBar grew up in Great Falls Montana.  He received a degree in Biology and Art from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington.  In 1999 he moved to Helena Montana and set up a studio.  He has worked as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, the LH Project, California State University Long Beach, Caldera, including international residencies in China, Bali, Poland, Denmark and the Philippines.  He has spent time at the Kohler factory in Wisconsin and Meissen Manufaktur in Germany.  Ryan received his MFA at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and was the topic of Nebraska Television’s Nebraska Story.  Ryan recently relinquished his position as the program director of the LH Project and made a move to Portland OR where he will set up his new studio.


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