As you are likely aware, Northern Clay Center continues to meet the challenges presented during the last few months and found itself managing a more serious challenge this week. It’s impossible to overstate the concern and support we collectively offer to our community in the midst of dark injustice, exhaustion, anger, and sadness.
This is going to be short and light. We are all aware of what is happening around us, and this — a note from an arts organization serving some of the best (clay) people — should be your respite.
We trust and hope you are discovering ways to fill your time and your soul these days. We are just checking in to let you know that we are still here and creating new strategies for serving our community while doing everything we can to keep NCC’s everyday organization needs met too.
A LETTER FROM NORTHERN CLAY CENTER'S BOARD CHAIR, Craig Bishop
Leah Hughes has tendered her resignation as Executive Director of Northern Clay Center effective March 6, 2020. The Board of Directors is sad to see Leah go, and wish to thank her for her service, but with recent developments at home we respect Leah’s desire to strike more of a balance between her personal and professional life.
Happy Spring from Northern Clay Center! We are so excited about warming temperatures, the subtle hints of color showing, and the sense of new beginnings that hangs in the spring air. This sense of newness is not only evident outdoors, but also inside our building as we welcome a whole new season of classes, artists, creative opportunities, exhibitions, and special events.
It is with mixed emotions that I publicly announce my pending departure from Northern Clay Center (NCC), effective October 31, 2019. I have devoted the past 20 years of my life to advancing the ceramic arts and have been privileged to do so on behalf of Northern Clay Center. My time here has been a true and constant source of energy, challenge, love, satisfaction, and motivation.
April showers will bring a whole lot more than May flowers for NCC in 2018; we anticipate a lot of growth for NCC’s outreach program. In the fall of 2017, NCC embarked on a sizeable building remodel to create an outreach prep zone within our existing building — a private space for teaching artists to manage the cumbersome tasks of preparation, firing, and glazing. Additionally, this space will house special outreach and education classes, ultimately freeing up our existing classroom space to support our adult education program.
The ceramics and broader art world lost one of the greats on January 2nd : Betty Woodman, an inspiration to countless ceramic artists and a two-time NEA Fellow.
In 1999 Northern Clay Center had the pleasure of naming Ms. Woodman a Regis Master Artist, honoring her for her contributions to the development of 20th and 21st Century ceramics.