The Arcade, Weybosset Street

Judd Schiffman

About the artist and the work

The most fundamental and difficult question a person can ask him or herself is “Who Am I?” It is challenging to truly know another person, and yet I think it is even more difficult to know oneself. We are all composed of a combination of culture, personality, family upbringing, past experiences, and genetics. These qualities inform the way we think about, experience and interpret the world. History can feel inescapable but how much of that history is true and if we can slip away, what are we left with? My work concentrates on the nuances of the question, “Who am I?” with a primary interest in the way that Jewish American culture constructs identity. Referring to information gathered in literature, art, film, television and history, I investigate the expressions of Jewish culture and how these values are perceived and demonstrated in society. Among other sources, my imagery is found in memories, episodes of Seinfeld and stories that my grandparents have told me and translated into pieces that appear to have been thoroughly touched. The touching is essential in delineating a reality from a memory, a stereotype from a truth. I am never searching to get it right, but am always hoping to expose another layer.

Judd's work will be on view during the NCECA conference.

"The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a dynamic, 501(c)3 organization that engages and sustains a community for ceramic art, teaching and learning. In addition to deepening knowledge within the field, NCECA expands it by working to cultivate the next generation of ceramic artists and enthusiasts through programing that affects professional artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of ceramic art. Currently comprised of approximately 4,000 members from the United States and more than 20 foreign countries, NCECA reaches thousands of additional individuals each year through its programs, publications, events, exhibitions and resources.

NCECA cultivates and sustains networks for reflective and creative practice through an annual conference, special interest symposia, and national and regional exhibitions. NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring, each year in a different US city. NCECA’s Board of Directors and special appointees review hundreds of proposals for sessions and exhibitions gathered through open calls for submissions.  Sponsored exhibitions include the NCECA Biennial, the NCECA Invitational and the National Student Juried Exhibition. In conjunction with the NCECA-sponsored exhibitions the organization also reviews, sites and promotes nearly 100 concurrent exhibitions in the host region surrounding the annual conference."


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