This NCECA exhibit is a celebration — like electrical current moving from negative to positive — of the work that has been brought about by the perseverance of the Black women and Black non-binary artists working in clay.

These objects tell the stories of histories, speak to diverse identities, promote healing and community, and demand real action.

What does real diversity, equity, and inclusivity look like in ceramic institutions, organizations, and curated exhibitions?

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Anne Adams · April Adewole · Olúbúnmi Atéré
Osa Atoe · Shea Burke · Syd Carpenter
Chotsani Elaine Dean · Angela Drakeford · Isissa Komada-John
Nickeyia Johnson · Chelsea McMaster · Sana Musasama
Lola Ayisha Ogbara · Yinka Orafidiya · Joey Quiñones ·Ashlyn Pope
Lydia Thompson · Victoria Walton · Adero Willard
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In this panel from the NCECA exhibit "Clay holds water, water holds memory" artists speak to the exhibition quote by Artist Ann Adams
"I had said from the beginning of my work in Ceramics that I wanted to be part of a movement where there is a representation of Ceramics created by Africans in free and loved spaces, not displayed as stolen artifacts in museums around the world, but as a symbol of power, acceptance and inclusion of ourselves and history."
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Working with community organizations, Pots On Wheels (POW!) will bring exhibition programming to Cincinnati. Founded by a group of potters, POW! is continuously evolving ways of sharing ceramics in communities, from rural classrooms to inner-city neighborhoods. POW! provides unparalleled experiences in community ceramic art projects. Our artist-led projects impart knowledge and the love of ceramic art with participants who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience handmade ceramic objects. For more on POW! go to

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Kaabo means welcome in Yoruba.

Kaabo Clay Collective connects African diasporic ceramicists worldwide and supports its members with resources, and opportunities generated through the group itself.

Each member is empowered to initiate a project, event, scholarship or any other activity. The only stipulation is that the idea must involve or benefit other Kaabo members. Membership also entails the sharing of resources with other Kaabo members. In short, we are a taking care of each other to build upon our ceramic skills and a joyful community of Black ceramic artists; for us by us.
Find out more about Kabbo Clay Collective

Thank you KAABO Clay Collective for providing a place to connect share and celebrate what we all do and your generous support of this exhibition. 
Thank you to the  Contemporary Art Center, CAC for hosting this exhibition  during National Council On the Education for the Ceramic Arts, NCECA.
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Thank you to the National Council On the Education for the Ceramic Arts, NCECA 
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