Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th 2023
at Northwestern Michigan College

Presenting Sponsors

Host Sponsor

Check Out Our Sponsors

Swag Sponsor
Mugs of Michigan Sponsor
Rovin Ceramics
Conference Lunch Sponsor
Artist Exhibition & Reception Sponsor
Attendance Gift Bag Sponsor
Breakfast Sponsor
Student Artist Sponsor
Standard Clay Company


Featured Keynote Speaker

Featured Keynote Speaker: Bede Clarke is a Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, having taught at Missouri 1992- 2021.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982).  Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he continues to create and exhibit his work.

Bede’s work is found in collections in the U.S. and abroad, such as: Taipei County Yingke Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Ichon World Ceramic Center, South Korea, South Bend Museum of Art, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.

Bede has conducted over 100 workshops and lectures around the country and internationally. Awards have included:

  • Kansas City Artist Coalition Lighton International Artist Exchange Award
  • Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award
  • Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, New Zealand
  • Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts
  • University of Missouri Byler Distinguished Professor Award

Presenting Artists

Heidi Fahrenbacher
Bella Joy Pottery
About Heidi Fahrenbacher
Ann Arbor Potters Guild
Jeri Hollister/ Tom Phardel
About Ann Arbor Potters Guild
Beth Ogden
Eastern Michigan University
About Beth Ogden
Jessica Brandl
Western Michigan University
About Jessica Brandl
About Katie Bramlage
Brian Kakas
Northern Michigan University
About Brian Kakas
Susan McHenry
Susan McHenry Ceramics
About Susan McHenry
Kimberly LaVonne Luther
About Kimberly LaVonne Luther
Monica Wilson
About Monica Wilson
Seth Green
About Seth Green
Kyle Triplett
About Kyle Triplett
Shay Church
Grayling Ceramics
About Shay Church
Diana Pancioli
About Diana Pancioli
Blake Williams
About Blake Williams
AJ Simpson
About AJ Simpson
About Charlotte Grenier
Mark Chatterley
About Mark Chatterley
Irena Bondarenko
About Irena Bondarenko
Barbara Melnik Carson
About Barbara Melnik Carson

Friday Schedule

Saturday Schedule



Michigan Mud Conference will be held on Northwestern Michigan’s college campus in Traverse City, MI.

Log in to your MCAA account to retrieve the Members discount code.

Regular: Member – Log in for Discount Code $220.00
Regular: Non-Member $275.00
Regular: Students* $110.00
Tickets includes the following:
  • Two full days of speakers and demos (16 artists in all) on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Lunch is provided both days.
  • There will also be a live-streamed presentation from AJ Simpson, winner of the Great Pottery Throwdown from Scotland.

*Student tickets are reserved for students taking one or more ceramics related courses for credit in a program leading to a degree.  Degree does not have to be ceramic/art.  Student must register with a student email (.edu) and provide evidence of eligibility on request.

Hotel Accomodations

To book a room via phone, please use the following information:

Call the hotel at 231-946-5000, option #9, and refer to the Group Code: MUD23 to get the discount.

To book a room via email, please email & send the following information:

  1. Group block code: MUD23
  2. First and last name of guest to be occupying room.
  3. Check in and check out dates.
  4. Phone number where you can be reached to provide a credit card to hold the reservation.
  5. Specific requests or requirements, such as two beds, adjoining rooms or an accessible room.

Dorm Room Accomodations

Dorm rooms are available at Northwestern  Michigan College for $100 per night and must be booked by 5/26 as an add on to your ticket.

Price includes half of a dorm suite and can accommodate one or two named guests. One guest must be a Michigan Mud attendee.

East Hall rooms are configured in suites. Each suite consists of two rooms connected by a bathroom with two twin beds with mattresses using twin XL bedding, two desks with chairs, built-in closets/dressers and a mini fridge/freezer/microwave in each room.

*Not Included*
Bedding, towels, cots or additional beds are NOT available. These rooms are not air conditioned. Bedding & towels are NOT included. You must bring your own. Rooms are not transferable or refundable. 

Guests must follow all rules of NMC.

SCECH Credits: Michigan Mud Conference

Earn up to 9 SCECH credits for your attendance at the Michigan Mud Conference! To learn more about steps to earning SCECH for the conference please use the button below to the continuing education course registration at Northwestern Michigan College.

Questions? Please reach out Brian Kakas at

Student Competition


Juror for the exhibition will be Nationally known ceramic artist Bede Clarke, who is the event keynote speaker and will discussing and demonstrating his work on both days of the event. All student participants will receive a one-year membership to MCAA and additional opportunities for other scholarship awards.

DEADLINES Online Submission by 11:59pm May 15th, 2023

Delivery of Artworks by 12 noon June 15th, 2023

The Process

Step 1
Eligibility for student selections: students must be currently enrolled within 2022/2023 academic year. Works must be comprised of at least 30% ceramic materials and have been produced within the last 2 years.

MCAA is requesting the faculty members of each institution to select artworks that represent each individual University/College Programs in the State of Michigan. Each school may select up to three (3) pieces from their undergraduate program. Schools with post baccalaureate and graduate programs may select up to an additional three (3) pieces to represent those programs.

Step 2
Once works are selected by a faculty representative(s), complete the online exhibition registration form. Required information; Faculty Representative name and contact details, one (1) jpeg max 1mb per selection, student(s) name, title, materials/process, program details, display requests(wall/pedestal), method of delivery and contact info.

Step 3
All works must be delivered to Northwestern Michigan College by Thursday June 15th by 12noon. Works will be installed Thursday and will be on exhibit for two days during the Conference. Works must be collected or have return shipping arrangements by Saturday June 17th, from 5pm-6pm. Reasonable care will be taken in storage, moving and display of the work. The Directors, Volunteers, Members and Staff of NMC and MCAA will not be responsible for broken or stolen work nor any damage that may occur.

Mugs of Michigan
Cup Show

The Michigan Ceramics Art Association invites you to contribute to Mugs of Michigan.  Donated cups will be sold to attendees of Michigan Mud 2023.  Proceeds will support the ceramic community in Michigan by funding MCAA events and scholarships.

Check out the Michigan Artist mugs that have been donated thusfar below.

Bede Clark – Columbia MO

Brandon Stretten – Pontiac, MI

Brian Kakas – Traverse City, MI

Brian Westrick – Dowagiac, MI

Brooke Ashworth – Marquette, MI

Craig Hinshaw – Davison, MI

Ellie Aldrich – Kalamazoo MI

Heidi Fahrenbacher – Plainwell, MI

Jessica Brandl – Kalamazoo, MI

Julie Lambert – Macomb, MI