National ceramics conference coming to the River City

The 58th annual conference will take place March 20-23 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with the theme Coalescence.


Artist: Lydia C. Thompson, Title: What Happens in Waiting #1, 2022, Medium: Ceramics, overglaze decals, underglaze, glazes cone 04, recycled or upcycled ceramic objects, ceramic shards, Dimensions: 14” x 14” x 10.5"

Photo by Ben Premeaux

Calling all pottery lovers. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is bringing its 58th annual conference to Richmond March 20-23.

This year’s theme is Coalescence, based on the natural process where separate elements merge into a single body.

The main event will take place at the convention center, where attendees can enjoy panel discussions and keynotes from demonstrating artists and presenters. But Coalescence also includes a variety of public exhibitions and events around the region.

Here are a few to check out around town.


Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition | Black History Museum | On view March 20-Aug. 17 | Reception Friday, March 22

Juried Student Exhibition | VisArts | On view through March 24 | Reception Friday, March 22

“Our America / Whose America” | The Valentine | On view through April 21

“Of Many” | Maymont | On view through March 23 | Reception Thursday, March 21

Nick Lenker, Holly Roberts, Kathleen Clark | Candela Books + Gallery | On view through April 20

“Evidence That We’re Still Here” | 1708 Gallery | On view March 1-April 14 | Reception Friday, March 22

Group Exhibition | Pamplemousse Gallery | On view March 20-23

“Being Bridges” | Art Works | On view March 19-23 | Reception Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22


35 businesses are participating in Clay Windows of Richmond.

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Clay Windows of Richmond | Locations vary | March 20-23 | Storefronts around the city will have ceramic displays with featured artists.

Richmond Curious: RVA Ceramics Scene | Gather | March 22 | Learn about Richmond’s thriving ceramics community at this free networking event.


SHIFTWORK | ICA | Open through Friday, March 22 | Showcase for local artists with work available for purchase

Pop-Up Pot Shop | Odd Bird | March 20-22 | Shop ceramics, tees, prints, accessories, and more

Bizarre Market Pop-Up | VisArts | March 18-23 | Find work by VisArts ceramicists on display around Richmond

Get the full list of events and conference ticket information on NCECA’s website.

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