Events 2017-08-27T10:26:45+00:00


The 31st National Arts and Crafts Conference

, , , | 02/16/2018 to 02/18/2018

Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Even after thirty years, I still find it hard to believe that the Arts and Crafts Revival is still going as strong as ever.

But, then, when I think about the excitement and the passion that people from across the country bring to the Omni Grove Park Inn each February, it really is not that hard to believe.

Since 1913 the Grove Park Inn has been known as the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthuiasts. And since 1988 the Arts and Crafts Conference has been educating and entertaining Arts and Crafts enthusiasts at every level -- from beginning collectors and bungalow owners to experienced auction and show veterans.

When I founded the National Arts and Crafts Conference thirty years ago, I had but one goal, and that has never changed: to provide educational opportunitiues for every attendee, regardless of their level of experience. From seminars and small group discussions to walking tours, demonstrations, and the selling shows themselves, these three unique days in February are designed with you in mind.

So, please, take a stroll through the pages at this website, starting with the Daily Agenda below and the Slide Show, to get a feel for what we have planned -- and are continuing to plan -- for you. And if you have any questions, just send us an email or give us a call, as Jan and I are here to answer your questions, take your requests, and do everything we can to make this YOUR most important weekend of the year. –

33rd Alabama Clay Conference

| 02/2018 to

Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Alabama Clay Conference.

We are delighted you are here, already attending, with interest, our brand new web site. YOU are included in the word "our." You are us; we include you; it's all one mix.

The Clay Conference Steering Committee began planning for this moment before last year's conference was over. An event of this scale takes that long, and it takes that much effort by people from all over the State of Alabama.

What's new this year? FOUR Featured Presenters, expanded workshop possibilities, organized field trips, a one-stop conference venue, and....drumroll please...a lower basic registration price! With some savings at the start, we hope you might attend some specialized and focused workshops that will help expand your creativity and further your professional confidence.

Ceramic artists are great at making the most of what we have in front of us. We make connections, we embrace new ideas, we work at play and play at work; clay is one of the most healing and uplifting media, and most of us are hopelessly in love with the material, the process, and the magic.

Please explore this web site as much as possible, and bring your heart forward to learn and share. Have some laughs, take some things seriously, step out of your comfort zone, make some new friends, buy a piece of art, purchase a new tool or two, share some trade secrets, and then get back to that studio and put it all to the good.

In creative possibilities, we celebrate you...and us - all together! –

52nd Annual Conference of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts: “CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture”

| 03/14/2018 to 03/17/2018

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place March 14 – 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, our theme for NCECA’s 2018 conference reflects Pittsburgh as a city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention.

The Steel City will be a place in which clay people can gather to share knowledge, celebrate and critique our work in arts, culture, teaching and learning. –


| 08/26/17 to 08/26/17


This August 26th  in Madison, Wisconsin, get ready to hop aboard your personal time machine! That’s when “CAS Collectors”, the club for all those with an interest in the work of Ceramic Arts Studio, presents the 2017 CAS Collectors Convention. This year’s Convention theme, “Ceramic Arts Studio: Past, Present & Future!”, is an extra-special celebration of all the fabulous figurines created by CAS. From the historic to the futuristic, the imagination of ceramics designer Betty Harrington and her Studio associates spanned the decades. Their creations brightened homes from coast to coast during the 1940s and ‘50s, still brighten hearts today, and will continue to brighten collectors’ hearts for decades to come.

From 9 am to 4 pm on August 26th, Convention attendees will take in the Wisconsin Pottery Association Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center. Later, all will gather at Madison’s Howard Johnson Plaza for the Convention festivities. Activities and décor will center around a fun-filled tribute to the Studio’s illustrious heritage. There will be party favors and take-home souvenirs. . .stupendous door prizes. . . colorful centerpieces. . . in short, everything that makes such a gathering so unforgettable.

Getting the evening underway will be a social hour, and the popular “CAS On Display Contest”; all in attendance are invited to submit entries. A buffet dinner, raffle, and membership meeting will be followed by the club’s annual auction. Events will conclude with door prizes, and presentation of the 2017 CAS Collectors Commemorative.

Convention registration, which remains at $60 per person, includes all evening activities, plus the Commemorative. Registrations received by June 15th will be eligible for an “Earliest Earlybird” prize drawing, to be held at the Convention. Forms and additional information are available on the club’s website,, or by writing CAS Collectors, 206 Grove Street, Rockton, IL 61072.

Celebrate the heritage of Ceramic Arts Studio—and take a stroll down memory lane—as ceramics collectors gather on August 26th for the 2017 CAS Collectors Convention. It’s “Ceramic Arts Studio: Past, Present, & Future”.  Get ready for the time of your life! –