Northern Clay Center Withdrawing Participation at NCECA 2020

Every year, Northern Clay Center puts a great deal of planning into our attendance and participation in the NCECA conference, and it’s one of our most highly anticipated events. In light of recent developments in the tracking of both presumed and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, Northern Clay Center (NCC) has made the difficult decision to withdraw our participation at NCECA’s 54th annual conference Multivalent: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory. While we take our support of NCECA seriously, we feel that the only responsible action is to proactively preserve the health and wellbeing of not only the national clay community, but also that of our own community and staff.

While our decision was not made lightly, and not without a great deal of deliberation, we anticipate that our decision and subsequent action will be echoed by other individuals and organizations in an effort to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on our individual communities. Although the tactile sensibility and in-person interaction will be missed until we gather again in Cincinnati, OH in 2021, technology will provide a platform to engage, interact, and exchange information in many of the same ways that we might at the conference.

In lieu of being present at the 2020 NCECA Conference, NCC will make all of our conference-specific inventory, information, and resources available through the most accessible digital platforms possible. We’ll make new gallery work available via social media and a special new website incrementally during the week—including a special sneak preview of work from our 2020 American Pottery Festival . Work from APF will only be available during the dates of the conference, March 23 – 27, until May’s APF Preview show in our galleries. Additionally, through our social media outlets, we will host opportunities to discuss NCC’s programing and grant opportunities, tour our current exhibitions, and to look back at some of our more recent visiting artists.

We hope you’ll connect with us during the week of NCECA, and we thank you in advance for your support of NCC and all of our friends in ceramics. During this time of uncertainty, we are reassured by the absolute inevitability of art.  


Tippy Maurant & Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp
Interim Co-Executive Directors
Northern Clay Center 
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