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note from nceca president

updated sat 17 mar 12


mel jacobson on fri 16 mar 12

Experience Seattle... Counting down the Days

This mid-March e-communique brings a few important items to your
attention before we close up the NCECA office on Friday, March 23 and
head for Seattle. It's been exciting to see Registration and
Membership numbers climb as we get close to Conference. Thanks to
everyone who has been working so hard to make 2012 a memorable year for NCE=

Before my presidency ends and my service as Past-President begins,
I'd like to offer a few thoughts as we head into the conference.You
may have noticed a variety of changes, (we think improvements), have
occurred in the last two years. You are now receiving the journal in
real time at the conference. The Board is now contributing both with
time and monetarily to the organization, and the list goes on.

We pride ourselves on being a member driven organization. Your votes
count at our elections and change happens because of your wise
choices. For the first time in our history you will be voting on your
president according to our new bylaws. We also have other board
members in our election including our second Student Director at
Large. Please notice the change of times for the First Members'
Meeting which will now happen on Thursday morning. Make it a point to
attend to learn about the nominees. Please stop by the NCECA booth to
meet our candidates when they are present and be present on Saturday
all morning for the elections and other programming.

We are strongest and we feel your support when you are involved.

Your grateful President, Keith J. Williams

Final Notes about Onsite Registration

If you have not yet registered for conference, but are considering
joining us, we will be set up for onsite registration in the South
Lobby of Washington State Convention Center beginning noon-5:30pm,
Tuesday March 27. Onsite registration will continue in the same
location 8am-5pm Wednesday; 7:30am- 5pm, Thursday; 8am-4:30pm,
Friday; and, on Saturday in the East Lobby from 8:30-11am.

All Student Registrations must provide a letter from a school
official verifying full-time student status to receive the student
conference price. Student ID's are not accepted.



2012 NCECA Cup Sale - Making a Difference, One Cup at a Time!

Every year the NCECA community demonstrates its remarkable generosity
through the annual
Cup Sale - and
2012 will be no exception!
It's a very simple process. Conference participants bring a cup, or
several cups, of their own making as a donation to the Cup Sale.
Donations will be received in Rooms 615-617 of the Washington State
Convention Center from 9am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and
29th. Donated cups are immediately displayed for all to see. On
Friday morning, March 30, the exhibit becomes a sale, and all funds
raised go directly to support various NCECA scholarship programs!

Cups are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, limit three per
person. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. At the 2011
NCECA Cup Sale in Tampa, over 650 cups were donated and sold, raising
$15,188 in scholarship funds. Will Seattle 2012 continue this great
tradition of generosity? Please, do what you can to make this year
the best ever, all for the educational benefit and advancement of
your fellow clay artists!

You can find information about the
NCECA Cup Sale (our 20th annual!), the scholarship programs it
benefits, and photos of the last three years of the "Cups of Merit"
winners at

Not coming to the conference? You can still donate! For those not
attending the conference, you may ship your cup properly packed, to
arrive by Wednesday, March 21, 2012, addressed to:

Wally Bivins (NCECA Cup Sale)
Pottery Northwest
226 1st Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Please indicate a suggested selling price and include your business
card in the cup(s). NCECA and Pottery Northwest are not responsible
for any damaged, broken or lost items.

Thanks in advance for supporting this truly amazing NCECA tradition!

Climb Aboard Wednesday- Friday Shuttles and Excursions in Seattle

White shuttle and excursion reservations remain available for trips
running Wednesday, March 28- Friday, March 30. Reserve tickets in
advance to secure lowest available costs on shuttles. Ticket prices
for all shuttle trips goes from $20 to $25 or a 25% increase once
advanced ticket sales end. The cost for the Northwest and Northeast
excursions on Wednesday does not change.

Lew White Tours will shut down the on-line registration system at
12:00n on Friday, March 23. However, there will be a message at the
web site telling people to call a toll-free office number Friday
afternoon, Lew White's cell phone on Saturday and Sunday and the
toll-free office number on Monday and Tuesday to make advance
reservations. Higher prices go into effect on Wednesday morning,
March 28 in Seattle.


Not since Genesis has there been so much creativity in 6 days

..and this time, in 32 NCECA exhibitions in one venue.
clayart page below: