NCECA Clay Exhibits & Activities at Union Project

NCECA logo - the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

NCECA 2018 at Union Project
Tuesday, March 13 - Saturday, March 17, 2018

A huge National Ceramics Conference is coming to Pittsburgh! The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) gathers ceramicists from around the world to share knowledge and celebrate clay.

Along with conference activities happening at the convention center downtown, Union Project is hosting a variety of exhibitions and activities throughout the week! The activities at Union Project are free and open to the public. Come join us to view, experience, buy, and play with clay!

Photo of the Union Project building.

Union Project Open Hours During NCECA

  • Tuesday, March 13 - Friday, March 16 from 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, March 17 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

* Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door. Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at 412-363-4550 or if you have specific accommodations or needs.



Ceramic work by artist Margaret Haden.

Activities at Union Project

  • Tuesday, March 13
    - 6:30pm - 8:30pm: Creative Conversation: Create, discuss, and collaborate with guest artists Lauren Karle and Jeni Hanson Gard and their project, "Weaving Dialogues".
  • Wednesday, March 14
    - 1:00pm - 4:30pm "Project Canary" with guests artists Lauren Kale and Nicole Gugliotti
  • - 5:00pm - 9:00pm "1000 Birds" project with UP teen ambassadors. Join us in the Great Hall demonstration area, and take a few minutes to sculpt a ceramic bird, write a message of hope, and send it flying to students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  • - 10:00am - 5:00pm: Mini Highland Park Pottery Tour. Pick up a map at Union Project to tour three local artist homes and purchase work from local and national artists with Pittsburgh roots.
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Friday, March 16
    - Live clay demonstrations from nationally-recognized artists. Stay tuned for announcements of specific artists and times.
  • Thursday, March 15
    - 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Comprehensive Artist Reception at Union Project: An NCECA Concurrent Exhibit. Join us to mingle, chat with artists, enjoy refreshments, and view art! Special guest Wigle Whiskey will be serving libations.


Ceramic vessel by artist Kevin Snipes.

Exhibitions at Union Project

Tuesday, March 13 - Saturday, March 17

Exhibitions run each day during the entirety of open hours.

    This exhibition reveals the thoughts of many of the Penn State alumni and faculty who have been influenced by changing culture. Diverse visions reveal heterogeneous artistic paths, all having left their individual impact on the ceramics program at Penn State.


  • Whiskey: Tumbler & Flask
    Vessels from the Union Project artists come in all shapes, sizes, and styles.
  • Residents Past and Present
    Union Project's past and present residents come together to show the progress they've made during their time as residents and how their work has evolved since their residency.
  • Collaboration Companions
    Unlikely suspects are invited to begin a conversation, in vessel form, geared towards discovery, cross-pollination, and understanding. Collaborative and solo pieces will be shown.
  • From the Ground UP
    Diverse voices come together to share their love of clay. The artists from Union Project's Cooperative, Atrium Studios, and Residency Program.


NCECA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown Pittsburgh

(you must have an NCECA conference badge to participate)


Union Project's NCECA programming is supported in part by Stray Cat Studio and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Union Project is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.