Arrived just in time to dump my bags & head over to the conference headquarters for a quick check-in, where I received my official NCECA badge & bag of conference materials. We grabbed our shuttle bus & we were off on the Route 2 tour - Center City, University City & South Philly. There are an amazing amount of ceramic shows here for NCECA. There were 4 different routes to choose from. Highlights from this route (for us) were: Sub Octo Gallery (largest East Coast showing of contemporary ceramics by Val Cushing), University of the Arts Building hosting multiple shows, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery for the National Juried Student Exhibition (our roomate, Ariel Bowman, has a piece in this show!) and finally, exhausted, we dragged ourselves to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. This is the life work of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. He has mosaic'd every square inch of his building, inside & outside. A truly breathtaking and amazing experience, we are going back for more tomorrow. Back in time to change and head over for the Opening Ceremonies, lots of running into old friends and planning for tomorrow. Terry Gross of National Public Radio, the Keynote speaker, was wonderful with her tales of the good,the bad, and the ugly of the 30 years of interviewing personalities of all walks of life. Now truly exhausted, I will leave you with a few photos of our gallery tour...much more tomorrow...

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Comment by mary obodzinski on March 31, 2010 at 11:36pm

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

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