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Bill Strickland Honored at NCECA

Bill Strickland speaking after receiving the NCECA Honorary Member of the Council
award. Photo by Germaine Watkins.

When the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual convention returned to Pittsburgh, they gave MBC President and CEO Bill Strickland their Honorary Member of the Council Award.

Strickland received the award for his contributions to ceramic arts and his work is now recognized as essential to ceramic arts’ impact.

This award comes as Manchester Bidwell Corporation celebrates its 50th anniversary, which all started with Strickland in 1968 with a lump of clay serving his community. Josh Green, NCECA executive director, presented Strickland with the award at the conference.

“With this award we too connect Bill’s work with pottery of the ancients,” said Green during the award presentation.

For Strickland, the award provided an opportunity to reinforce the idea that art is more than something to look at.

“I know there is magic in clay,” said Strickland during the awards ceremony. “We can use this medium called clay to literally change the world.”