Ceramics Major Josh Reyes to Exhibit at 2016 NCECA Conference

A collage of food images

CCA Ceramics major Josh Reyes (a.k.a. Sioux) will show his work as part of a multiplatform exhibition, titled Across the Table, Across the Land, at the 50th annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference, taking place in March in Kansas City, Missouri.

Across the Table, Across the Land examines community, food, and ceramics right now. Commissioned by NCECA, curated by Michael Strand and Namita Gupta Wiggers, this project celebrates 50 years of clay, learning, and connection.

About the Selection Process

Projects were solicited by the curators from artists working across the country, and participants uploaded their work through a web app in order to share them publicly.

Fifteen of the submitted projects were selected for inclusion in a physical exhibition during the conference. Sioux's work was one of the 15 projects chosen to be represented through the app and in printed documentation at the exhibition. 

Interactive Dining Experience

Sioux's project is titled Respect, A Dinner and Conversation about it. For the piece, he created an interactive dining experience that promoted conversations about laborers in the food industry.

Guests activated the piece by performing a series of hands-on processes, representing the acts of labor that are integral to the food industry -- hand farming, cooking, serving, making, and washing up.

Participants were asked to "wait," select, and wash dishware as well as forage their meals from a menu inspired by the most labor-intensive crops. 

Sioux hand-crafted all the plates used in the piece, including adding decals. Through this experience, guests gained a haptic understanding of the experience of laborers in the food industry. 

Visit the project's website for additional information.