American Art Pottery Association (convention, show & sale)

, , | 4/26/17 to 4/29/17

Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside
Independence, OH (a Cleveland suburb) –

48th Annual Conference of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts: “Future Flux”

| 3/22/17 to 3/25/17

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, expedition and discovery have framed our imagination of the Pacific Northwest. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century increasingly engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community and dynamic change. How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for ceramic artists and educators today and for the future? How can we continue to draw from rich historic traditions while reinvigorating their relevance in rapidly changing global societies? Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. Join us at Future Flux and help transport us to the ways that ceramic art and education will continue to matter. –

The 30th Anniversary National Arts and Crafts Conference

, | 2/17/17 to 2/19/17

Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

30th Anniversary National Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show at the Grove Park Inn

Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

(800) 438-5800  |
February 17-19, 2017
Director: Bruce Johnson

For the past 29 years, this three-day educational conference has served as the galvanizing force behind the current Arts & Crafts Revival. Author and –

Conference director Bruce Johnson has remained dedicated to his goal of providing Arts & Crafts collectors at every level with the information they
need to make confident and satisfying decisions as they select items, both antique and contemporary, for their homes. Johnson locks the doors to the
exhibition hall when his morning and evening seminar speakers are at the podium, in order that collectors, as well as exhibitors, can benefit from
them. In addition, he weaves small group discussions, walking tours, house tours, educational displays, workshops and demonstrations into an
agenda that runs from early morning to nearly midnight. The New York Times has called it "the most important weekend of the year for
Arts & Crafts collectors."
Exhibitors: approximately 50 of the country's leading Arts & Crafts antiques dealers; approximately 50 juried contemporary artists and artisans working in the
Arts & Crafts style; approximately 25 book sellers, publishers, non-profit organizations and magazines editors and publishers. A complete list is on the website.
General public admission to all three shows is $10, good for all three days.

32nd Alabama Clay Conference

| 2/17/17 to 2/19/17

Boutwell Auditorium
Birmingham, AL

The 32nd Annual Alabama Clay Conference (ALCC 2017) will be held at the Historic Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th, with an optional Clay Market reception the evening of Thursday, February 16th.

This year's conference will feature the following accomplished demonstrating artists.

Ken Baskin, - Currently from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ken is a hand-builder of forms influenced by 20th century industrial technology

Tony Clennell - Tony is a second-generation potter from Canada who is known for his adventurous and playful handling of functional forms.

Cheryl Tall - A figurative ceramic sculptor from California, Cheryl creates coil-built, mythical, and narrative sculptures.

The Alabama Clay Conference 2017 will be held in cooperation with the Birmingham Museum of Art's 3rd Bunting Ceramics Symposium, which focuses, biennially, on the ceramic arts. The 2017 Bunting Symposium theme, Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises, Past and Present will explore diverse “communities of clay on a global level.

From Native American cultures of the Southwest to potters in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, these artists have become known for distinctive wares reflecting past artistic traditions while simultaneously spurring current economic revival. The symposium will explore ceramic practices in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts. For more information, look here.

The 2017 Alabama Clay Conference will extend and expand the Birmingham Museum of Arts' offerings with a wide array of other ways to engage participants.

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The Alabama Clay Conference is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Craft Council, the Potters Council, Alabama Power, Good People Brewery, and various vendors.

The Vendor sponsors are: Olympic Kilns, Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company, Mecca Tools, and Seger's Pottery Tools