Tim Compton and Other Indianapolis Art Center Ceramicists Head to NCECA

Adult Programs Manager Tim Compton, Ceramics Studio Chair Paul Hayes and many other Indianapolis Art Center ceramicists are headed to Pittsburgh, PA for the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). 

Tim Compton received degrees in Art Education and Ceramics from Ball State University. His career has since focused on academic and community education of ceramic arts, including several roles at the Indianapolis Art Center where he teaches, is an administrator and produces art.

We interviewed Compton to find out all about this conference. Here's all you need to know:


Indianapolis Art Center: What is NCECA?

Tim Compton: NCECA stands for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In addition to the work they do to further ceramic education throughout the year, their marquee event is an annual three and a half day conference gathering that takes place in a different city each year featuring the who’s who of the ceramics community.


IAC: As a professional ceramicist, why is it important to attend conferences like NCECA?

TC: This gathering brings together all the major universities and ceramic artists in the field. It is an opportunity to rub elbows and see what new trends are current in the ceramics world.


IAC: How many times have you attended this yearly conference?

TC: This will be my 8th conference attendance. My first conference was the last time it was held in Pittsburgh (the same city it is held this year).


IAC: What are you looking forward to the most?

TC: I am presenting for the first time at this year’s conference. It is my first time getting up on stage and presenting in front of the ceramics community in that way.


IAC: Can you tell me a little bit about the presentation you will be doing at the conference?

TC: My presentation is titled “Woodfiring at the Crossroads of Communities”. I am sharing the tools and tricks we have implemented at the Indianapolis Art Center to make wood firings, as inviting and educating for the general public as possible.


IAC: What can ceramicists who feel they are missing out do to participate or be in the loop?

TC: Follow along on social media! This year, all Art Center teachers and students will be sharing their experience on Facebook and Instagram using the #indyNCECA and #indplsartcenter. Search those topics on social media and follow along!


To learn more about Tim & Paul's visit to NCECA, join us for a lecture about their experiences on March 29, 6:30 PM in the Frank M. Basile Auditorium. 

Image via pittsburghpa.gov


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